Aniruddha Marathe

PhD Scholar, ATREE

PhD research topic
Species richness and distribution of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) along an elevation gradient in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary (Arunachal Pradesh, India)
Supervisor: Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan, Senior Fellow, ATREE

Research interests
I am interested in how different environmental and habitat variables affect biodiversity and how diversity changes with complex interaction of multiple such variables across geographic gradients such as elevation. I think ants are fascinating organisms. They are one of the most diverse and widespread insects. Ants perform the role of decomposers, herbivores, granivores and predators, making them important components of the ecosystem. Therefore, I think, questions such as ‘How different species of ants are distributed across gradients of environmental variables?’, ‘How many ant species can coexist at a place?’ are not only intuitively interesting but also ecologically important. I am trying to answer these questions by studying ant communities across elevational gradients. The work is carried out in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Key words for research interest: geographic gradients in species richness, null models in ecology, biogeography and ecology of ants


  • MSc (Biodiversity), Abasaheb Garware College, Pune. Passed out in 2008-09
  • Masters’ project: Morphological and ecological studies on ants across three different habitats near Pune city

  • BSc (Life Sciences), Jai Hind College, Churchgate, Mumbai. Passed out in 2005-06

Work experience
Junior Research Fellow at Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science for a period of 9 months. Contributed to design and execution of project on insect diversity in Mudumalai wild life Sanctuary

Conferences/ workshops attended

  • National Seminar on Plant Resources of Western Ghats, Ecology Economics and Conservation
  • National Symposium on Plant Resources of India, Linking Conservation, Livelihood and Culture

Papers presented in conferences

  • Aniruddha Marathe and Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan, 2010. “Exploration of ant diversity on elevation gradient in Eaglenest wildlife sanctuary (NE Himalyas, Arunachal Pradesh)”, Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2010), organised by CISSA in Thiruvananthapuram, 27-31 December 2010
  • Krishanapriya T,Marathe A., Srinivasan U. and Ramakishnan U. 2012. "Diversity patterns in the Indian sub-continent - effect of species and climate history", The second Asia regional conference of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB Asia 2012). Bangalore, 7-10 August 2012

Extra-curricular activities
Natural and artificial sports climbing