I’m a Ph.D. candidate at the Hormiga lab, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. I am fascinated by the evolving biodiversity and its maintenance on our planet. Being  a trained phylogeneticist, I study arachnid evolution as a model using morphology, advanced genomic and transcriptomic technologies. My goal is to understand patterns and exceptions in their evolution that can explain the extant diversity.

Given that no data matrix for evolutionary studies is ever complete in real scientific world, I am working on probabilistic models that can explain the effect of the missing data and ways to alleviate it. My present affiliations- George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. play most active roles in nurturing my scientific interests.

During weekends, I practice coding in python and bash to implement my ideas on testing evolutionary hypotheses. Once a month, I engage with citizen scientists across south Asia and help documenting spiders (e.g. SpiderIndia groups on iNaturalist, Facebook and India Biodiversity Portal), a long-term initiative to document spiders from south Asia.

I do have life other than evolutionary study which constitutes travelling and playing cricket.

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Cuerici, Costa Rica (2017): Collecting spiders at high altitude.