Robin V.V.

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Assistant Professor

Department of Biology, IISER Tirupati

Email: robin [AT] iisertirupati.ac.in

Phone: +91 877 2500 443

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Research Interests

My research interests broadly cover understanding patterns and processes in ecology, behavioural ecology, biogeography and evolutionary ecology using continental and oceanic island systems. I contribute to conservation through my research initiatives and by involving various stakeholders. Much of my research is collaborative and multi-disciplinary and whenever possible, uses technological advances to aid research.
Research highlighted at National Geographic https://goo.gl/4KcYvN

Educational and Professional Career

  • Ph.D (March, 2011): NIAS, IISc – Manipal University

  • Post-doctoral Fellow (April 2011, Year - November, 2011): Loyola University, Chicago

  • Fellow (December, 2011 - May, 2016): National Center for Biological Sciences, TIFR

  • Assistant Professor (May, 2016 ~): Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati, India

Honours and Awards

  • Fulbright Fellow from Fulbright Scholarship Board

  • Salim Ali – Lok wan Tho Ornithological Fellow from Bombay Natural History Society

Selected Publications

  • V.V. Robin, C.K. Vishnudas, P. Gupta and U. Ramakrishnan, "The deepest, widest valleys cause nested phylogeographic patterns congruent with paleo-climate across a montane bird community", Proceedings of the Royal Society of Biology - B, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.0861 (2015).

  • V.V. Robin, P. Gupta, Thatte, P., and U. Ramakrishnan, "Islands with islands: Two montane paleo-endemic birds impacted by recent anthropogenic fragmentation", Molecular Ecology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13266 (2015).

  • V.V. Robin, C.K. Vishnudas and Uma Ramakrishnan, "Reassessment of the distribution and threat status of the Western Ghat endemic bird, Nilgiri Pipit Anthus nilghiriensis", Current Science, http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/107/04/0622.pdf (2014).

  • V.V. Robin, M. Katti and A. Sinha, "Singing from the skies: Geographic and individual variation of bird song in a threatened, endemic bird on the sky islands of southern India.", Animal Behaviour, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.05.032 (2011).

Full publication list at ResearchGate

Teaching

  • BIO-211: Ecology

  • BIO-212: Ecology Lab

Open Positions

I am looking for suitable:
      a) PhD Candidates for the next round of intake (Dec 2017)
      b) Post-doctoral candidates - deadline to apply Aug 31, 2017
      c) MS-PhD integrated course - likely to start August 2018
Considering that all these appointments are relatively long-term, I advice serious candidates to make contact and visit the lab much in advance so that we can understand each other's research interests and expectations. I am looking for prospective applicants to work with a focus on one of the following:
      a) Shola Sky Island ecosystem,
      b) bird biogeography,
      c) bird song.
I am only looking for people with experience or expertise related (even loosely) to the above themes. I am open to people developing their own research projects within these broad areas.
I am looking for people with
      a) ability to write (popular or scientific articles),
      b) ability to raise funds to partially support research,
      c) ability to function independently (field and lab).
Please follow YETI mailing list for announcements on opportunities.
I am currently not accepting any short-term interns. Those interested in long (>6 months) volunteer positions, please do get in touch with me.

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