Past Lab Members
Summer Research Fellow (2009)
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I worked on the Time-Activity Budget in Rock Agamids (Psammophilusdorsalis). Besides the scientific skills, I picked up doing exciting field and lab work, I am extremely grateful to Kavita and all the others in her lab that summer as this was my first exposure to conducting a scientific study. It was indeed a great learning experience for me.
I will be starting my PhD with Prof.Clutton-Brock at the University of Cambridge this October.
Summer research fellow (2009)
How general is female mating preference for clustered males in lekking species?
In this project, we examined the generality of female mating bias in lekking species using meta analysis framework.
PhD student, Centre for Integrative Ecology,
School of Life and Environmental Sciences,
Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.
IAS Summer Fellow (2013)
I worked in Rishi Valley for a period of two months in the summer of 2013. We were studying boldness and aggression towards male conspecifics in Psammophilus dorsalis (Rock Agama).
A student of IISER-Pune, Integrated Masters Program, I am currently pursuing my final year Master's Thesis in Evolutionary Biology from IISER-Mohali.
M. S Bharath
Summer Research Fellow (2013)
We worked on Behaviour and Boldness of Rock Agama due to conspecific Male Intrusions.
In this project, we tried to capture the reactions of Psammophilus dorsalis males when they were presented with dummy models.
Integrated MSc (5th Year)
School of Biological Sciences
National Institute of Science Education and Research
Radha K. L.
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Integrated M.Sc., Division of Biological Sciences,
I completed my Master's project in the KI lab.
Habitat association of Butterflies in an open-wooded habitat (Quadrangle) in Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bangalore.
I worked in the KI Lab with Shreekant Deodar, studying ectoparasite loads in Indian Rock Agamas (Psammophilus dorsalis and P. blanfordanus) during the summer of 2014 for a period of 6 weeks, at Rishi Valley. Our main aim was to describe the differences in ectoparasite loads (if any) between the two species and if factors like sex, mating status and size/length affected the ectoparasite load found.
I have currently just returned from summer school at University of California, Berkeley and I am completing my last year at St.Xavier's College Mumbai with a BSc in Life Science.
I was a summer intern from Xavier's, Bombay, and I worked at Rishi Valley for two months, April - June, 2014, collecting data and samples on the ectoparasite loads of Peninsular (Psammophilus dorsalis) and Blanford's (P. blanfordanus) Rock-agamas. Based on this data, I hope to examine how age, sex, species and breeding status affects ectoparasite load.
Apart from this I managed to obtain, totally by accident, some nice specimens of blanfordanus for the lab, and discovered that blanfordanus are far more susceptible to hypothermia than dorsalis, even though the cold anaesthesia period required for both is the same, irrespective of size.
I'm currently interning with the Snow Leopard Conservancy - India Trust in Leh, Ladakh; and I've been accepted as an intern by the Succulent Karoo Research Station in Namaqualand, South Africa, from September to December.