Tropical forests are storehouses of biodiversity. Identifying the
ecological and evolutionary drivers of these diversity patterns
continues to be of interest to ecologists and evolutionary biologists.
In Asian tropics, new species of animals and plants continue to be
discovered. Our lab aims at
1) systematic documentation of tropical diversity in an integrative taxonomic approach,
2) identifying the underlying geological, evolutionary and ecological processes that govern the diversity patterns and
3) identify the processes that govern the assembly of species in these forests.
We integrate a diverse set of approaches, including molecular phylogeny, traditional specimen-based taxonomy, molecular systematics, phylogenetic comparative methods, and species distribution modeling. More details on the past and ongoing research are here
Joshi J., & Edgecombe G. 2019. Evolutionary Biogeography of the centipede genus Ethmostigmus from Peninsular India: Testing an Ancient Vicariance Hypothesis for Old World Tropical Speciation. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 19: 41
Gaitonde N., Joshi J., & Kunte K. 2018. Exploring evolution of defense ensembles among Papilionidae butterflies Ecology and Evolution, 32: 601-611
Joshi J., Prakash A., & Kunte K. 2017. Evolutionary assembly of butterfly mimetic community in the Western Ghats, India American Naturalist, 189, E58-E76. Won the ASN Presidential Award 2018.
Joshi J., & Karanth P. 2013. Did southern Western Ghats of peninsular India serve as refugia for its endemic biota during the Cretaceous volcanism? Ecology and Evolution 3, 3275- 3282.
Joshi J., & Karanth P. 2011. Cretaceous-Tertiary diversification among select Scolopendrid centipedes of South India. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 60, 287-294.
Education & Experience
|P.G:||Biodiversity ; MES Garware College, University of Pune, India. ; 2006|
|Ph.D:||Centre for Ecological Sciences ; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India ; 2012|
Royal Society-SERB Newton International Fellow ; Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom. ; 2017-19
Campus Fellow ; National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India ; 2013-17
Research Associate ; Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, India & Research Fellow, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom. ; 2012-13
|Spatial patterns of phylogenetic diversity and endemism in the Western Ghats, India: A case study using ancient predatory arthropods||Ecology and Evolution||2021|
|The critical ecological role of an endemic, large-bodied frugivore on a small tropical island||Ecology and Evolution||2021|
|Seasonal drought regulates species distributions and assembly of tree communities across a tropical wet forest region||Global Ecology and Biogeography||2021|
|Integrative Taxonomy in the Indian Subcontinent: Current Progress and Prospects||Journal of the Indian Institute of Science||2021|
|Large frugivores matter more on an island: Insights from island-mainland comparison of plant-frugivore communities||Ecology and Evolution||2021|
|The Out-of-India hypothesis: Evidence from an ancient centipede genus, Rhysida (Chilopoda: Scolopendromorpha) from the Oriental Region, and systematics of Indian species||Zoological Journal of Linnaean Society||2020|
|The Out-of-India hypothesis: Evidence from an ancient centipede genus, Rhysida (Chilopoda: Scolopendromorpha) from the Oriental Region, and systematics of Indian species.||Zoological Journal of Linnaean Society (Advance Articles). https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlz138||2020|
|Evolutionary Biogeography of the centipede genus Ethmostigmus from Peninsular India: Testing an Ancient Vicariance Hypothesis for Old World Tropical Speciation.||BMC Evolutionary Biology, 19: 41. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-019-1367-6||2019|
|Molecular phylogeny and systematics of the centipede genus Ethmostigmus Pocock, 1898 (Chilopoda: Scolopendromorpha) from Peninsular India.||Invertebrate Systematics, 32, 1316-1335. https://doi.org/10.1071/IS18030||2018|
|Exploring evolution of defense ensembles among Papilionidae butterflies||Ecology and Evolution, 32: 601-611. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4426||2018|
|Evolutionary assembly of butterfly mimetic community in the Western Ghats, India||American Naturalist, 189, E58-E76. doi/10.1086/690907 Won the ASN Presidential Award 2018||2017|
|Tracking the variability of phenotypic traits on a molecular phylogeny: an example from scolopendrid centipedes.||Organisms, Diversity and Evolution, 7, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13127-017-0323-9||2017|
|Perceptions of priority issues in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems in India.||Biological Conservation 187, 201-211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2015.04.031||2015|
|Did southern Western Ghats of peninsular India serve as refugia for its endemic biota during the Cretaceous volcanism?||Ecology and Evolution 3, 3275-3282. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.603||2013|
|Revision of the scolopendrid centipede Digitipes Attems, 1930, from India: reconciling molecular and morphological estimates of species diversity.||Zootaxa 3626, 099–145. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3626.1.5||2013|
|The coalescent approach in conjunction with niche modeling reveals cryptic diversity among centipedes in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot of south India.||PLoS ONE 7, e42225. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0042225||2012|
|Cretaceous-Tertiary diversification among select Scolopendrid centipedes of South India.||Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 60, 287-294. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.04.024||2011|
|Presence of two types of flowers with respect to nectar sugar in two gregariously flowering species.||Journal of Bioscience 32, 769-774. DOI: 10.1007/s12038-007-0077-1||2007|
|Survey of vegetation at Chandoli National Park in Northern Western Ghats.||Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany 31, 769-774.||2007|