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Science as a hobby: how and why I came to study the social life of an Indian primitively eusocial wasp

Gadagkar, Raghavendra (2011) Science as a hobby: how and why I came to study the social life of an Indian primitively eusocial wasp. In: Current Science (Bangalore), 100 (6). pp. 845-858.

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Abstract

For the most part, my research career has involved prying into the life of the locally abundant primitively eusocial paper wasp, Ropalidia marginata, with the aim of understanding the origin and evolution of social life in insects. My interest in this wasp species began as a hobby, but I was privileged to soon convert my hobby into my profession. Here I describe how this conversion came about, what it meant to pursue my hobby as a full-time activity, describe some examples from my research and end with some reflections about the process of doing modern science, especially in India.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Animal behaviour;organismal biology;primitively eusocial wasp;Ropalidia cyathiformis;Ropalidia marginata;sociobiology
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Contemporary Studies
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2011 07:41
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2011 07:41
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/36968

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