Aravind’s research uses tools such as molecular, ecological, phylogenetics and ENM to address both basic and applied research questions. The broad thematic areas of his current research are biogeography and phylogeography of amphibians and non-marine molluscs. He also addresses historical biogeographic patterns in non-marine molluscs and amphibians using molecular tools. His ongoing research in freshwater biology and systematics involves taxonomic studies of non-marine molluscs and amphibians, identifying regions of high species richness that deserve conservation and reviewing freshwater-related policies regionally and nationally. His lab is involved in documenting biodiversity and digitising the collected data, particularly freshwater taxa (non-marine molluscs, amphibians, fishes and aquatic birds). He uses approaches such as data mining, Ecological Niche Modeling (ENM), and GIS to identify regions that merit high-priority conservation in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and to assess species responses to climate change.
Member: IUCN’s Mollusc Specialist Group Fellow: Linnean Society of London