Praveen Karanth

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Associate Professor
Name: Praveen Karanth
Affiliations (Departments/Programs): 
Centre for Ecological Sciences
Research Areas: 
Systematics, Molecular Ecology, Evolution
Historical biogeography and phylogeography. Molecular phylogenetics, Species delimitation using molecular tools, Character evolution, Conservation genetics

I am a phylogeneticist interested in studying genetic variation both within species (population genetics and phylogeography) and among species (phylogenetics) to address questions in ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation biology. My research program is primarily concerned in trying to find answers to exciting problems in biology in an evolutionary framework, i.e., through the use of molecular phylogenies. Broad areas of interest include: character evolution, molecular systematics, phylogeography, and biogeography. In addition I am also interested in population and conservation genetics. The lab employs a range of systems such as langurs, geckos, butterflies, tarantulas and centipedes to address these questions. Recently I have also initiated some plant work.

Selected Publications: 

Jahnavi Joshi and K. Praveen Karanth,2012, Coalescent method in conjunction with niche modeling reveals cryptic diversity among centipedes in the Western Ghats of South India. PLoS ONE, 7(8): e42225. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042225

K.S. Chetan Nag, P. Pramod,K. Praveen Karanth, 2011,Field based study of various morphotypes of Hanuman langurs (Semnopithecus entellus) in peninsular India and its taxonomic implications. International journal of Primatology,32: 830–848

K. Praveen Karanth, Lalji Singh, Randall V. Collura, and Caro-Beth Stewart, 2008, Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of langurs and leaf monkeys of South Asia (Primates: Colobinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 46: 683-694.

K. Praveen Karanth, Thomas Delefosse, Berthe Rakotosamimanana, Thomas J. Parson and Anne D. Yoder, 2005, Ancient DNA from giant extinct lemurs confirms single origin of Malagasy primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 102: 5090-5095.

Courses offered
Evolutionary Biology (EC304)
Advanced methods in molecular phylogenetics (EC201)


Editorial board member: Journal of Genetics

Member of IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group (2009-2012)