Shivani Jadeja holds a PhD in Biological Sciences with specialisation in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA and an MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the Wildlife Conservation Society – India Program at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, India.
Her teaching and research draws from her international exposure to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities in India, USA, and Costa Rica. She teaches biology and data analytics to undergraduate students and mentors them to carry out inquiry driven projects both in the field and in the laboratory. Her student-centred teaching style emphasizes development of higher-order thinking skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, and synthesis.
Shivani’s research areas include Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Life-history strategies, Animal Behaviour and Plant-animal interactions. Her broad research interests are primarily in the field of evolutionary ecology that span understanding causes and consequences of variation in life history strategies and plant-animal interactions.
Her research investigates shifts in organisms’ strategies and interactions in response to changes in their environment. She uses a range of empirical and theoretical approaches to address her questions. She has studied the role of within-species variation in territorial behaviour of a seed disperser in facilitating the dispersal of a woody invasive tree in grassland habitats.
Recent work involved identifying mechanisms underlying and consequences of variation in reproductive life-history strategies of sequentially flowering plants and their seed-herbivores. Currently, her research is focused on understanding the effect of rising temperatures on the butterfly life cycle.
Jadeja, Shivani, and Brigitte Tenhumberg. Presence of fruits decreases probability of retaining flowers in a sequentially flowering plant. AoB Plants Vol. 10, No. 3 (2018): ply033.
Jadeja, Shivani, and Brigitte Tenhumberg. Phytophagous insect oviposition shifts in response to probability of flower abortion owing to the presence of basal fruits. Ecology and evolution Vol 7, No. 21 (2017): 8770-8779
Jadeja, Shivani. First record on secondary pollen presentation in the Cucurbitaceae family. Plant Ecology and Evolution Vol. 148, No. 2 (2015): 297-299.
Jadeja, Shivani, Soumya Prasad, Suhel Quader, and Kavita Isvaran. Antelope mating strategies facilitate invasion of grasslands by a woody weed. Oikos Vol. 122, No. 10 (2013): 1441-1452.