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Major happenings in the Sciurid Lab

2021
| 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016


2021 #

November

June

  • Mrugank Dake, BSMS IISER Tirupati, submits his Master's thesis titled "Statistical and machine learning approaches to squirrel acoustics".
  • Anushesh Nigam, BSMS IISER Tirupati, submits his Master's thesis titled "Macronutrient analysis of three-striped palm squirrel's diet".

May

January

  • Article in the Mid-Day titled 'Meet the squirrels of India', about species of squirrels found in India and the sciurid lab's social media outreach initiative.

2020 #

October

September

  • Amira Sophia SP, Masters's student at AVC Mayiladuthurai College, submits her Master's thesis titled "A study on the acoustics of Malabar giant squirrel, Ratufa indica, in Kodaikanal".
  • CitSci India 2020 virtual conference, where the lab presents two posters - one on Squirrels (Bishwarup, Senan, Swati, Aravind) and one on Moths (Harsha, Suyash, Senan, Viral). Nandini is on the Steering Committee of the event and co-author on a poster with researchers from SACON.

August

July

  • Nandini joins the Editorial Board of the journal Nature Communications Biology.

June

  • Shijisha AC, BSMS IISER Tirupati, submits her Masters thesis titled "Evolution of coat colour variation in palm squirrels: An image analysis of museum specimens".
  • Pranav Unnikrishnan, BSMS IISER Tirupati, submits his Masters thesis titled "Explaining the evolution of colour & patterns in squirrels using meta-analyses and experimental approaches".

May

April

March

  • A Day of Life - the first annual Biology Day at IISER Tirupati. Talk by Nandini about how the lab studies adaptations at various scales. Two posters from the Sciurid Lab-one featuring work in the Trans-Himalayas (Senan and Harsha) and another on selection for signals in tree squirrels (Nivetha, Shijisha, Amira, Suyash).
  • Bioday poster

February

  • Science Day at IISER Tirupati. The lab turns out in full force, with a high-altitude photo booth and a squirrel camouflage game on three iPads.
  • Squirrel game2
  • Squirrel game
  • The Sciurid Lab gets artwork and t-shirts!

2019 #

December

  • A reconnaissance field trip/ joint lab retreat - Sciurid and Bird labs at Pulicat.
  • Talk at SV University (Nandini)
  • Two talks (Harsha, Nandini) and a poster (Nivetha) at the National Symposium on Avian Biology, organised at IISER Tirupati.
  • Bioblitz at the Tirupati Bird Festival. Talk by Nandini, massive participation by the lab (nature walks, workshops, etc).

November

June

  • Athira Aravind, Masters student at Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies, submits her Master's thesis titled "Amplification and Sequence Analysis of Nuclear gene (EMB) of Indian Euphorbia species".
  • Evolution 2019 meeting (ASN/SSB/SSE) at Providence, RI, USA. Talk (Nandini) and poster (Harsha).

April

  • Athira Aravind, Master's student at Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies, submits her Masters thesis titled "Amplification and Sequence Analysis of Nuclear gene (EMB) of Indian Euphorbia species"

March

  • Invited Seminar at IIT Tirupati (Nandini)
  • Talk at SACON (Nandini)

2018 #

December

  • Poster presentations (Aravind, Dhanesh, Senan, Swati) at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Ethological Society of India, and a poster award (Dhanesh and Aravind).

September

  • The first Sciurid Lab retreat; at Periyar & Kodaikanal.

April

  • Dhanesh P, Master's student at AVC College Mayiladuthurai, submits his Master's thesis titled "Nest site selection in Funambulus palmarum."

March

  • Poster presentation by Nandini at YIM 2018, Thiruvananthapuram.

February

  • Talk by Nandini at the Humboldt Kolleg on ‘Climate Change and Energy Options’ at Aurangabad.

January

  • Poster presentations at YETI 2018 (Harsha, Nivetha, Senan, Swati, Shijisha).
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2017 #

September

  • Talk by Nandini at National Seminar on Himalayan Biodiversity, University of Kashmir, Srinagar
  • Poster presentation (Mihir, Nandini) at the International Biogeography Society meeting, Bangalore.
  • The lab attends the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS), Bangalore.

2016 #

April

  • The Sciurid Lab is set up at IISER Tirupati.