Recent Lab News
We have two postdoctoral positions! See HERE for more details
We got a Core Research Grant from DST-SERB! The project will focus on evolution of host-plant specialization.
Gopal Murali's paper, done in collaboration with Sami Merilaita, is accepted in Journal of Evolutionary Biology! This was a simulation study that explored evolution of colour polymorphism in relation to selection by predators
Tan Pham visited our lab to conduct experiments as part of our collaborative project with Freerk Molleman's group in Adam Mickiwicz University, Poland.
One more student - Indukala - got her first paper accepted this year! Her study "Adaptive phenotypic plasticity of mandibles with respect to host plants" is now accepted in Arthropod-Plant Interactions<.. We show how butterflies can adopt invest differentially in mandibles depending on host plant traits, and how this can be adaptive.
Shreya Mishra has joined her lab as a PhD student. We wish her the best for her career!
Tarunkishwor, Indukala and Ullasa attended the Biology of Butterflies 2023 Conference at Prague. Ullasa had a keynote talk on pupal colour plasticity in butterlifes. Tarunkishwor had a talk on the evolution false-head patterns in butterflies, while Indukala had a talk on butterfly eyespots and the role of growth rate.
Sneha Sadanand Joshi's paper "The ecology of hybrid zone formation and maintenance in Impatiens" has been accepted in International Journal of Plant Sciences! The study includes multiple field and lab experiments in which we mapped the narrow hybrid zone between two species, and investigated the ecology of this hybrid zone. Congratulations to Sneha on her first paper!
We welcome three masters students for the year - Akshaya Jayan, Abin Krishna and Nikhil Collins.
Our lab has received a STARS grant from MoE! The project will focus on evolution of desiccation tolerance in butterflies.
Akhil Sadiq's first paper accepted in Behavioural Ecology! The study, titled "Hiding among colors: background color diversity impedes detection time " explores how background properties can influence camouflage in prey animals.
Harshad Mayekar's final paper from his thesis "Pupal colour-pupation substrate correlation in butterflies" is now accepted in Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. We demonstrate how pupal colour plasticity is tightly linked to substrate choice in a comparative experimental study across 5 butterfly species.
We had our yearly lab trip, this time to the lovely Meghamalai, Tamil Nadu. As usual, it was great couple of days of fun!
From left: Bhanu, Indukala, Ullasa, Arsha, Anaswara, Sneha, Tarun, Simran and Akhil. Lab trip to Meghamalai, Apr 2023.