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Ecologist , educator , Entomologist

Raghavendra Gadagkar, Indian ecologist, educator, entomologist.


Gadagkar, Raghavendra was born on June 28, 1953 in India.


Bachelor of Science with honors in Zoology, Bangalore University, 1972. Master of Science in Zoology, Bangalore University. Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1979.


Research officer Indian Institute of Science Center Theoretical Studies, Bangalore, 1979—1980, research associate, 1980—1983, senior research fellow, 1983—1984, associate member, since 1987. Lecturer Indian Institute of Science Center Ecological Sciences, 1984—1987, assistant professor, 1987—1991, associate professor, 1991—1997, professor, since 1997. Chairman Indian Institute of Science Center Contemporary Studies.

Short-term fellow Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama, 1980—1981. Visiting scholar department entomology University Kansas, Lawrence, 1982. Chairman Indian Institute of Science Center Ecological Sciences, 1992—2002.

Honorary professor Behavioural Ecology Laboratory Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Science Research Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Unit, Bangalore. Honorary senior fellow Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Science Research, 1993—1998, honorary professor Indian Institute of Science campus, 1998—2005. Secretary Indian Academy of Sciences, 1995—2000.

Visiting faculty member Manipal Academy Higher Education, since 1997. Schering fellow Institute Advanced Study, Berlin, 2000—2001, guest of the rektor, 2001—2002, non-resident permanent fellow, since 2002. Vice president Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, 2003—2005.

Distinguished visiting scholar University Pretoria, South Africa, 2003. Member Indian delegation Inter-academic Panel and International Council for Science, China, 2005. International lecturer.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board: Journal Genetics, since 1984, Journal Biosciences, since 1991, Insectes Sociaux, since 1991, Journal Bombay Natural History Society, since 1993, Current Science, since 1994, Ecotropica, 1995-1997, Journal Parasitology and Applied Animal Biology, since 1997, Mathematical Modelling and Analysis of Complex Systems, since 2001, Journal Ethology, since 2002, member editorial advisory board: Israel Journal Zoology, 1992-1998, Ecological Research, since 1996, member planning group: Journal Science Education, 1995, associate editor: Resonance, 1996—2001. Editor, 2002-2004. Special correspondent Down to Earth, since 1996.

      Subject editor: Biotropica, 2003-2004, member board reviewing editors: Science, since 2003, member publication advisory board: Indian National Science Academy, 2003-2005. Contributor articles to science journals.


Fellow: Third World Academy of Sciences (Award in biology 1999), Indian Academy Entomology, National Academy of Sciences, India (United States Srivastava Memorial Lecture award), Indian National Science Academy (Young Scientist medal in animal science 1985), Indian Academy of Sciences (Young Associate 1984). Member: Indian Society Development Biologists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Indian Science Congress Association, National Institute Ecology, Jaipur, Indian Complex Systems Society, American Society Naturalists, International Society Behavioral Ecology, Bangalore Bee Keepers Association, Association for Tropical Biology, Center for Science and Environment, International Society Hymenopterists, Karnataka Association for Advancement of Science (Young Scientist award in biological science 1984), Bombay Natural History Society, Ethological Society India, International Union for Study of Social Insects, Indian chapter, International Union for Study of Social Insects, North American section, Animal Behaviour Society, National Academy of Sciences, Sigma Xi.


Married; 1 child.