Trevor Price on Speciation
April 21, 2015
Chicago Center in Delhi, C.P.
Abstract How do two species form from one? Labeled the mystery of mysteries by Charles Darwin, we have made considerable advances in our understanding over the past 20 years, as a result of ecological, behavioral, and, most recently, genomic studies. I will describe how ecology, behavior and genetics interact to create new bird species, drawing on Indian examples. I will ask how the tremendous diversity of birds has built up in the Himalayas and also consider an example where speciation is actively going on at the present day.
Trevor Price is a Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution, working with the Committee on Evolutionary Biology and the Committee on Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology. The current focus of his research is on the determinants of bird species diversity along the Himalayas, notably the question of why there are twice as many species in the eastern Himalayas as the west. He continues to do field work in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India.
In 2014, Trevor Price gave a joint lecture with Dr. Dhananjai Mohan of the Indian Forest Service on Climate Change, Conservation, and the Birds of the Himalayan Region.