My stint with ants began as a keen naturalist in Western Ghats, India. I did a BSc (2000) in Environmental Sciences with Honours in Entomology at Bangalore University, Bangalore and an MSc (2002) in Remote Sensing & Cartography at Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. As part of a Cumulative Impact Assessment team at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, I investigated ant distribution patterns in Western Ghats. In 2007, I was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University Sydney, for my work on ant navigation in deserts of Central Australia and North Africa.
Since then I have held the following postdoctoral positions at the ANU:
- 2014. Zeil J, Narendra A & Stürzl W. Looking and homing: how displaced ants decide where to go. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 369: 20130034.
- 2013. Narendra A, Gourmaud S & Zeil J. 2013. Mapping the navigational knowledge of individually foraging ants, Myrmecia croslandi. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 20130683.
- 2013. Narendra A, Raderschall CA & Robson SKA. Homing abilities of the Australian intertidal ant, Polyrhachis sokolova. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 3674-3681.
- 2013. Narendra A, Reid SF & Raderschall CA. Navigational efficiency of nocturnal Myrmecia ants suffers at low light levels. PLoS One 8(3): e58801.
- 2011. Narendra A, Reid SF, Greiner B, Peters RA, Hemmi JM, Ribi WA & Zeil J. Caste-specific visual adaptations to distinct daily activity schedules in Australian Myrmecia ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278: 1141-1149.
- 2010. Narendra A, Reid SF & Hemmi JM. The twilight zone: ambient light levels trigger activity in primitive ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 1531-538.
- Lectures and practicals for Sensory Physiology and Animal Behaviour (ANU - BIOL3103), since 2007
- Lectures on Animal Navigation (in Brain, Behaviour and Evolution (BBE01), Macquarie University), 2009
- Lectures & practicals for IBRO-ANS Advanced Neuroscience School on Neuroethology, Australia, 2009
- Lectures & practicals for ACEVS-CVS Summer School on Animal Navigation, 2006-2009.