Nivetha Murugesan

Nivetha Murugesan
PhD Student

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I am curious to study the evolution of traits and genomic adaptations. I currently investigate the evolution of coat colour traits in palm squirrels with climate and visual sensory perception of their predators. Using comparative genomics, I also study the history of evolutionary selection on pigmentation genes in squirrels. I plan to investigate the evolutionary history through major climatic events; of closely related palm squirrel species with varied coat colour features under a comparative framework.

While working at the lab, I had the opportunity to participate in designing hypothesis-driven questions and relevant analysis of signalling traits such as acoustics and morphology. While I find evolutionary systems very captivating, I am also driven to explore new skills and techniques in biological data science.

Talks and Posters

  • Nivetha M, Suyash S, Amira S., Shijisha AC and R Nandini. 2020. Evolution and significance of signalling traits in squirrels. Poster at IISER Tirupati Bio Day. 7th March 2020. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.13140164.v3
  • Nivetha Murugesan, Viral Joshi and R. Nandini. 2019. Vocalization interaction between squirrel and bird communities: habitat selection, niche filling or camouflage? Poster at National Symposium of Avian Biology, IISER Tirupati. 8th December 2019.
  • Nivetha Murugesan, Aravind PS and Nandini Rajamani. 2019. Acoustic signals of species recognition in palm squirrels. Poster at Bioacoustics meeting, IISER. 14 March 2019.
  • Nivetha M. and Nandini, R. 2018. Evolution of female-biased size dimorphism in gliding mammals. Poster at Young Ecologists Talk and Interact Ahmedabad, Gujarat. February 2018.

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