Thesis Colloquium at CES on 19 July 2017 at 3:00 pm titled "Systematics and diversification in a continental radiation of *Hemidactylus* geckos" by Aparna Lajmi from CES, IISc

Topic: 
Systematics and diversification in a continental radiation of *Hemidactylus* geckos
Speaker: 
Aparna Lajmi, CES, IISc
Date & Time: 
19 Jul 2017 - 3:00pm
Event Type: 
Thesis Colloquium
Venue: 
CES Seminar Hall, 3rd Floor, Biological Sciences Building
Coffee/Tea: 
After the talk
Abstract:

How biodiversity is generated and maintained is a fundamental question in
ecology and evolutionary biology, and studying diversification can give us
key insights into this process. In my thesis, I investigate diversification
patterns of lineage, morphology, and climatic niche, to understand the
underlying processes that have shaped these patterns in the historical
context of the Indian subcontinent. *Hemidactylus *geckos - commonly called
‘house geckos’ - are found in a wide range of habitats and climatic zones,
and are an excellent model system to address this question. My findings
indicate that climate has been a key factor shaping the morphological
diversification in this group. Understanding the broad ancestral climatic
niche of *Hemidactylus *also provides an insight into the climatic history
of Peninsular India.