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Dr. Shannon Olsson

Dr. Shannon Olsson heads the Naturalist-Inspired Chemical Ecology (NICE) group at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore. The NICE is particularly interested in how animals, and especially insects, identify objects across different environments. Their work traverses Himalayan meadows, ecologically sustainable agriculture in Coorg, and pollution in Bangalore – anywhere insects are important, which is nearly everywhere on Earth. 

Dr. Olsson completed her Ph.D. at Cornell University in Neurobiology and Behavior and Chemical Ecology. She then worked at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, as a Project Leader where she collaborated with engineers to develop an artificial chemical communication system based on insect chemical communication.
A Fulbright Scholar and Ramanujan Fellow, Shannon’s research strives to reach a deeper connection with nature that she calls empathic science. By putting ourselves in the world of some of our smallest, but most important inhabitants, we not only gain an understanding of our natural world and its preservation, but we understand ourselves.

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