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Prof. Anuradha Batabyal
Assistant Professor - Environmental Sciences
Email: anuradha.batabyal@flame.edu.in
Prof. Anuradha Batabyal received her Doctorate Degree in Ecology from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Master’s Degree in Zoology from Pune University, and Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from the University of Calcutta.

Prof. Anuradha Batabyal received her Doctorate Degree in Ecology from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She has completed Master’s Degree in Zoology from Pune University, and Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from the University of Calcutta. 

Prof. Anuradha has over four years of experience and was associated with Azim Premji University, Bengaluru as a researcher and guest faculty and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Canada. 

Prof. Anuradha’s research interest includes Behavioural ecology and cognition. Her Ph.D. research focused on understanding urbanisation's effects on the physiology, behaviour, and cognition of the Indian rock agama. For her postdoctoral work, she explored the effects of various environmental stressors such as temperature, pollutants, and predators on the learning and memory of pond snails. Her interest also lies in science outreach and integrating the concepts of learning and memory into pedagogical principles.  

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and painting.



  1. Batabyal A, Lukowiak K 2022. From predator naïve to predator experienced: tracking the path from learning to innate predator recognition in Lymnaea stagnalis. Behavioral ecology. Accepted

  2. Rivi V,Batabyal A, Benatti C, Blom JMC, Tascedda F, Lukowiak K 2022. Aspirin reverts lipopolysaccharide‑induced learning and memory impairment: first evidence from an invertebrate model system Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology. 395:1573–1585

  3. Rivi V*,Batabyal A*, Wiley B, Benatti C, Blom JMC, Tascedda F, Lukowiak K 2022. Fluoride affects memory by altering the transcriptional activity in the central nervous system of Lymnaea stagnalis. Neurotoxicology 92: 61-66 (*contributed equally to this study)

  4. Wiley B*, Batabyal A*, Lukowiak K 2022. Fluoride alters feeding in lab-bred pond snails but not in wild snails or their progeny. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00359-022-01563-0 (*contributed equally to this study)

  5. Rivi V*,Batabyal A*, Benatti C, Blom JMC, Tascedda F, Lukowiak K 2022. Too hot to eat. Wild and lab-bred L. stagnalis differ in feeding response following repeated heat exposure. Biological Bulletin. 243 (1) https://doi.org/10.1086/720948 (*contributed equally to this study)

  6. Batabyal A, Chau D, Rivi V, Lukowiak K 2021. Risk in one is not risk in all. Snails show differential decision         making under high and low risk environments. Animal Behaviour. In press

  7. Wiley B,Batabyal A, Lukowiak K 2021. Fluoride affects learning and memory in Lymnaea stagnalisJournal of     Comparative Physiology A1-11

  8. Rivi V*, Batabyal A*, Benatti C, Blom JMC, Lukowiak  K 2021. Nature versus nurture in heat stress induced        learning between inbred and outbred populations of Lymnaea stagnalisJournal of Thermal Biology.            (*contributed equally to this study) 103170

  9. Kagan D,Batabyal A, Rivi V, Lukowiak K. 2021. A change in taste: The role of MicroRNAs in altering hedonic        value. Journal of Experimental Biology. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.243840

  10. Rivi V, Batabyal A, Benatti C, Blom JMC, Tascedda F, Lukowiak K 2021.A flavonoid, quercetin, is capable of          enhancing LTM formation if encountered at different times in the learning, memory formation, and memory recall   continuumJournal of Comparative Physiology A. 1-13

  11. Batabyal A*, Rivi V*, Benatti C, Blom JMC, Lukowiak K 2021. Long term memory of configural learning is enhanced via CREB upregulation by the flavonoid Quercetin in Lymnaea stagnalisJournal of Experimental Biology. 242761 https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.242761 (*contributed equally to this study)

  12. Batabyal A, Lukowiak K. 2021. Configural learning memory can be transformed from intermediate-term to long-       term in pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis. Physiology and Behavior. 239, 113509.

  13. Fernell M, Rivi V,Batabyal A, and Lukowiak K 2021 The temperature-sensitivity of memory formation and            persistence is altered by cold acclimation in a pond snail. Journal of Experimental Biology. 224 (11): jeb242513    https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.242513

  14. Rivi V*,Batabyal A*, Juego K, Kakadiya M, Benatti C, Blom JMC, Lukowiak  K 2021. To eat or not to eat: A           Garcia effect in pond snails (Lymnaea stagnalisJournal of Comparative Physiology A(*contributed          equally to this study) https://doi.org/10.1007/s00359-021-01491-5

  15. Soudavari R,Batabyal A and Lukowiak K. 2021. In Lymnaea two stressors that individually enhance memory in     combination block memory formation. Canadian Journal of Zoologyhttps://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2020-0207

  16. Batabyal A, Bhattacharya A, Thaker M. and Mukherjee S. A longitudinal study of perceived stress and cortisol           responses in an undergraduate student population from India.PlosOne               https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0252579

  17. Batabyal A,Thaker M. 2019. Lizards learn faster to stay safe in urban areas. Biology Letters. 15: 20190009.     (Article featured in Science, The Wire 2021: https://science.thewire.in/environment/raghavendra-gadagkar-            lizard-stories/)

  18. Batabyal A,Thaker M. 2018. Social coping styles of lizards are shifting from proactive to reactive in urban areas.            General and Comparative Endocrinology270, 67-74.  (Article featured in Mongabay 2019:    https://india.mongabay.com/2019/02/how-lizards-in-bengaluru-are-faring-when-compared-to-their-country- cousins/)

  19. Batabyal A,Thaker M. 2018. Lizards assess complex social signals by lateralizing colour but not motion detection.   Journal of Experimental Biology. 221: jeb173252

  20. Batabyal A., Thaker M. 2017. Signaling with physiological colours: high contrast for courtship but speed for competition.Animal Behaviour (129) 229–236. (Article featured in Livemint 2017:      https://www.livemint.com/Sundayapp/Eq5cf272TL5828gYnZKPNK/How-urban-lizards-are-changing-their-          lifestyles-to-make-citi.html)

  21. Batabyal A., Balakrishna S., and Thaker M. 2017. A multivariate approach to understanding shifts in escape          strategies of urban lizards.Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71(5), 83. (Article featured in The Hindu 2017:      https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/lizards-adapt-to-city-life/article24955827.ece)

  22. Balakrishna S.,Batabyal A., and Thaker M. 2016. Dining in the city: Dietary shifts in Indian Rock Agamas across       an urban – rural landscape. Journal of Herpetology. 50(3), 423–428.

  23. Batabyal A., Gosavi SM., and Gramapurohit NP. 2014. Determining sensitive stages for learning to detect predators   in larval bronzed frogs: Importance of alarm cues in learning.Journal of Biosciences (39), 701–710.

Book chapter

Batabyal A, Thaker M. 2018. “Compounding climate change with urbanisation: challenges and responses for species”. Biodiversity and climate change: an Indian perspective, (eds.) Bhatt JR, Das AA, Shanker K. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.