Dr. Shomen Mukherjee

My primary research interests are in the behavioral dynamics of predator-prey interactions including habitat selection, anti-predator behaviors (e.g. time allocation and vigilance) and state-dependent foraging decisions. I have worked on model systems such as the desert rodents of Thar desert (India) and on desert gerbils and their predators (red fox and barn owls) in the Negev desert (Israel). Currently, I am investigating factors influencing the dynamics of predator-prey foraging decisions in a model aquatic system. Specifically, I am trying to quantify the risk of injury (from its prey) as a foraging cost to predators and how spatial structure/habitat configuration affects the patch and habitat use of both prey and their predators. 

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