Mapping biodiversity using DNA

Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan uses genetic data to understand the history, present and potential future of populations. Watch as Ramakrishnan shares fascinating insights from her research using non-invasive DNA sources (like poop!) to investigate tiger population sizes, variations, and geographical origins of confiscated skins to check poaching.

Recorded at INK2013, Kochi, Kerala


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Uma Ramakrishnan

Scientist, TIFR

Uma uses genetic data to understand the history, present and potential future of populations. Her early research explored how choosiness for mates impacts genetic variation, and the relationships between African click-speaking hunter-gatherer groups. Uma now applies her research to wildlife, using non-invasive DNA sources (like poop!) to investigate tiger population sizes over the last 200 years, connectivity between populations, and how species came to the Indian subcontinent, given their recent arrival to Asia. She is a National Board for Wildlife member, Ramanujan fellow and DAE Outstanding Scientist.

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