Madhvi Venkatraman is a predoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian’s Center for Conservation Genomics. Her research interests include using genomics and transcriptomics to understand population history and adaptation in birds. Venkatraman’s dissertation focuses on high-elevation adaptation in the avian family zosteropidae, commonly known as white-eyes. She is particularly interested in studying ancestral plasticity to inform our understanding of how species will react to climate change in the future.
Venkatraman's projects include:
- Rapid adaptation to high-elevation environments in the introduced population of Japanese white-eyes on the island of Hawaii
- Gene flow rates and adaptations across an elevational gradient on Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo, in two passerine superfamilies
- Population genetics of the island scrub jay post European settlement in the California Channel Islands