Vivek Sridhar

Vivek Sridhar

IMPRS Doctoral Student
Department Couzin
MPI of Animal Behavior
University of Konstanz
+49 7531 88-5286

Main Focus

I am an Evolutionary Biologist interested in the interplay between individual and group level properties in animal societies. More specifically, how selection operating on decision rules adopted by individuals affects group properties in animal societies and how these group level properties feed back into individual fitness. I would like to explore these ideas using evolutionary and self-organisational principles. By combining these two lines of inquiry, I aim to provide proximate (mechanistic) and ultimate (functional) explanations to elucidate sociality, information processing and decision making in animal groups.

Currently, I’m a PhD student with Prof Iain Couzin at the Department of Collective Behaviour, Max Planck Insitute for Ornithology and the Department of Biology, University of Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany.

Curriculum Vitae


  • BACHELORS: Manipal Institute of Technology (2008 – 2012), Completed B.E. Biotechnology with CGPA 8.40 (on a scale of 1 – 10)
  • MASTERS: Erasmus Mundus Masters Programme in Evolutionary Biology (2013 – 2015):
  • Uppsala University, Sweden (September 2013 – January 2014)
  • Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany (February 2014 – August 2014)
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands (September 2014 – March 2015)
  • International Max Planck Research Society for Organismal Biology (April 2015 – September 2015)
  • PhD: International Max Planck Research Society for Organismal Biology/ University of Konstanz (2015 – 2018)

Teaching Experience

  • Tutor for bachelors course: Ecology 1 at the LMU, Munich (June 2014 – July 2014)


  1. Research Intern in the Downstream Processing and Analytical Laboratory, Biocon R&D Centre (December 2009)
  2. Research Intern in the Personal Care Products Business, ITC LSTC (June 2011 – August 2011)
  3. Junior Research Associate in the Personal Care Products Business, ITC LSTC (July 2012 – June 2013)
  4. Research Assistant for the German Barcode of Life Project at the Bavarian State Collection for Zoology (May 2014 – June 2014)
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