Indian biogeography has been on the rise over the last decade. This meeting will hopefully bring together people and institutions working in this domain, and will also provide exposure to young students keen to expand their research into biogeography.
National Centre for Biological Sciences
NCBS is an institution focussed in the study of biology. To realize the goals of understanding living systems, they approach research problems from a variety of directions. The research groups with varied expertise here are small and with specific strengths that make interactions with complementary groups fruitful.
Centre for Ecological Sciences, indian institute of science
The Centre for Ecological Sciences, founded in 1983 offers exciting opportunities for research in a variety of areas in ecology. Over the past 25 years, and more, they have instilled a tradition of rigorous enquiry in diverse areas of ecology, evolution and behavior. Their projects are often integrative and using multiple approaches from theoretical and laboratory studies to field-based research to explore our research questions. A number of their research areas are breaking new ground in ecology while others have significant roles in conservation.
Core committee members
Uma is based at the National Centre for Biological Sciences and works on the processes that drive patterns of mammalian genetic variation (present and past). She use field-collected samples, assembles molecular genetic data and analyze these data with phylogenetic, phylochronologic, phylogeographic and population genetic inferences. More details of her lab and work are here.
Praveen works at the Centre for Ecological Sciences and studies genetic variation both among species (phylogenetics) and within species (population genetics) to address questions in ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation biology. More details of his lab are here.
Robin works at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Tirupati (IISER-Tirupati) and works on bird song and genetics on sky islands of the Western Ghats. More details here.
Jahnavi is a Newton International Fellow at the Natural History Museum, London, UK. She studies systematics, biogeography, and diversification patterns and processes in the Asian tropical forests. She has been studying two evolutionary distinct groups, tropical centipedes (ancient, low dispersing) and butterflies (relatively young, vagile) groups.
Other Organizing Committee members
Ullasa is at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-Thiruvananthapuram) and addresses a range of questions in evolutionary biology all of which seek to understand diversification both within and across species. He employs several study systems currently spanning plants, reptiles, butterflies and other insects. More information here.
Karthikeyan is at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and works on evolutionary biogeography and systematics with a focus on Asian amphibians and reptiles. He focusses on specific endangered reptile and amphibian species, on their ecology and conservation. More information here.
Kartik is currently at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore, on leave from the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he works with students on the ecology and evolution of frogs, reptiles, birds, plants, and reef fish and other marine fauna. He also works with Dakshin Foundation on coastal and marine conservation. More here.
Vinita is at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal (IISER-Bhopal) and works on plant evolution and ecology addressing questions related to morphological trait evolution, biogeography, plant-pollinator interactions, phenological patterns, and conservation. More information here.
Karen is with the International Biogeography Society and is helping us coordinate the India meeting. She brings several years of experience running and coordinating IBS membership services and meetings in various countries.