Souvik Mandal

Making sense of behavior | A better world, for everybody

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Why and how do animals do what they do? How are behaviors influenced by the evolution, ecology, and life experiences of an animal? How can we predict behavior better and apply our knowledge of animal behavior for a better future?

While these are the broader questions I am interested in, I am focused on cognition, learning, memory, cooperation and foraging strategies in social animals, especially social insects. As my research tools, I use from classical ethology, ecology, and modern computation like computer vision and artificial intelligence.

I am committed to social justice for minorities, and an equal society for all.

I'm currently working as a post-doctoral researcher with Venki Murthy at Harvard University.

Off-time, I am a naturalist, photographer, painter, musician, science communicator and film-maker.

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