Research Interest
I am interested in studying the evolutionary history of natural populations and in understanding how genetic variation in a population is shaped by processes such as migration and selection over time. So far, I have been working on tigers, a species that has been subjected to a severe population bottleneck in the past due to hunting and habitat decline. While once they were distributed across much of the country, today they are largely restricted to small protected areas. My work involved the use of genomics (ddRAD sequencing) to understand genetic differentiation among tiger populations across India. We also worked on developing an improved method to identify individual tigers from fecal samples using single nucleotide polymorphism markers.

Meghana Natesh
meghanan at ncbs dot res dot in