University of California, San Diego, USA
National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR, Bangalore
I have always been fascinated by nature in general and animals in particular. I wondered how scientific knowledge could help sustain the future of biodiversity. I started work on the population genetics of tigers over a decade ago, and quickly realized that some populations appear to be genetically isolated. In the long-term, this could lead to increased mating between relatives and inbreeding, endangering population survival. I am so excited to be starting this Fellowship, which will allow me to investigate the role that genetic variation and inbreeding may play in population persistence. I will use field-collected samples from wild (and some captive) tigers to characterize genome-wide genetic variation.