Dr Ajay Narendra, ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA), Research School of Biology, ANU
Ajay Narendra began his career as an ant taxonomist studying ant distribution in the rainforests of Western Ghats, India. He was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University, Sydney for his work on navigation strategies in desert ants of North African Sahara and Central Australia. Since then he has held 3 postdoctoral positions, all at ANU: 2 years as Centre of Excellence in Vision Science Fellow; 3 years as an ARC funded Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (APD) and since 2012 as an ARC funded Discovery Early Career Researcher. As part of outreach, he regularly leads ‘ant walks’ for general public and for school kids and is the lead author of the world’s first field guide on ants, On A Trail With Ants: Handbook of the Ants of Peninsular India.