Vivek Nityananda studied biology in India. He completed his Ph. D. on the sensory ecology of acoustic communication in bushcrickets from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He went on to complete a year-long postdoctoral stint at the University of Minnesota studying the mechanisms of hearing in noisy social environments in gray treefrogs. He is currently a Marie Curie research fellow at Queen Mary University of London. He researches aspects of visual cogniton, attention and memory in a comparative framework with human psychophysical experiments. His work spans the fields of ecology, psychology, neurobiology and evolution.