Vinayaka Hegde


Present position:

PhD student

Research area:

Aquatic Evolutionary Ecology



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Academic History · Experience· Research · Publication

Academic History

2019 MSc Evolutionary and behavioral ecology at University of Exeter; Cornwall, UK

2017 BSc Microbiology, chemistry and zoology at St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science; Bengaluru, IND 


Research assistant, KREA University; India – 2020-2022
Research intern, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); India – 2019 - 2020
Research intern, Indian Institute of Science (IISc); India – 2015 - 2017



Research interests:

 evolutionary biology and animal behaviour


Local adaptation in Gryllus campestris (Field cricket); Spain/UK — MSc thesis; University of Exeter (2019)
Behavioral ecology field course; Africa/UK — MSc project; University of Exeter (2019)
Determination of heavy metal resistance of isolated bacterial strains from different water bodies of Bengaluru; India - BSc thesis;
St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science (2016)


Microbiological techniques - Pure culture techniques, plasmid isolation, RNA,
DNA isolations, PCR, immunological tests.
Ecological sampling methods - line transects, camera trapping and sign
surveys. R studio, DIGIKam, ImageJ & QGIS.




Tregenza T., Rodríguez-Muñoz R., Boonekamp J.J., Hopwood P.E., Givskov Sørensen J., Bechsgaard J., Settepani V., Hegde V., Waldie C., May E., Peters C., Pennington Z., Leone P., Munk E.M., Greenrod S.T.E., Gosling J., Coles H., Gruffydd R., Capria L., Potter L., Bilde T. (2021). Evidence for genetic isolation and local adaptation in the field cricket Gryllus campestris, Evolutionary Biology 34(10): 1634-1636

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