Pritish Chakravarty is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior. He is an engineer turned behavioral ecologist interested in animal motion analysis. His current work focuses on studying sleep across animal species in the wild using accelerometer data.
His other ongoing and past work in animal ecology includes: flight dynamics in migrating birds (MPI-AB); perception and motion in fish (University of Cambridge); foraging in meerkats (EPFL; UZH); movement patterns of leopard tortoises (EPFL; UZH). Prior to his PhD, he worked in biomedical engineering: tissue analysis using 3D models reconstructed from MRI scans (Lausanne University Hospital; Stanford University); point-of-care blood diagnostics using fluid focusing in microchannels (IIT Bombay).
- 2022- : Postdoctoral Researcher in animal sleep analysis, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Konstanz, Germany
- 2021-22: Postdoctoral Research Associate in modeling the effects of visual noise on foraging in fish, Marine Behavioural Ecology Group, University of Cambridge, UK
- 2020-21: Postdoctoral Forschungskredit Fellow in energetics and foraging in meerkats, Population Ecology Group, Universität Zürich, Switzerland
- 2015: Visiting Student Researcher in tissue analysis using MRI, Stanford BioMotion Lab, Stanford University, USA
- 2014: Summer Intern in tissue analysis using MRI, Swiss BioMotion Lab, Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois, Switzerland
- 2012-13: Research Assistant in fluid flow in microchannels, Microfluidics Lab, Indian Institute of Bombay, India
- 2015-20: Ph.D. in measurement and analysis of animal behavior using inertial sensors, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
- 2013-15: M.Sc. in Bioengineering (minor in Biomedical Technologies), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
- 2008-12: B.Tech. (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India