Kunal Arekar

Kunal Arekar
Indian Institute of Science | IISC · Centre for Ecological Sciences

PhD
Freshly minted PhD in Evolutionary Biology, looking for postdoc positions in Phylogenomics, systematics, biogeography...

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Introduction
Working on the evolutionary origin and systematics of langurs in the Indian subcontinent (Primate: Colobinae) using molecular phylogenetic tools.

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Publications (3)
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The phylogenetic position of the capped and golden langur (CG) lineage has been ambiguous owing to the discordance between phylogenies from multiple molecular markers. Previous molecular studies have hypothesised that this discordance likely arises from either a hybridization event that took place between the Indian genus Semnopithecus and the Sout...
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Taxonomy is replete with groups where the species identity and classification remain unresolved. One such group is the widely distributed Hanuman langur (Colobinae: Semnopithecus). For most part of the last century, the Hanuman langur was considered to be a single species with multiple subspecies. Nevertheless, recent studies using an integrative t...
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Species richness is predominantly used as one of the fundamental measures of biodiversity for prioritization of areas for conservation. However, species richness often underestimates true diversity, as it does not take into account the evolutionary histories of the species in an area. In this regard, phylogenetic diversity, which incorporates infor...

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Does anyone here know how to calculate the R2 statistic in DnaSP software? Or rather a reason for why I am not able to calculate the R2 statistic. It calculates all the other tests like Tajima D, Fu's F, Achaz's Y, Strobeck's S but it never calculates R2 for my dataset. Is there a bug in the software or have the developers removed this test? Any help is appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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Hello People
I am extracting host DNA from fecal samples. However, feces contains lot of microbes and their DNA too gets extracted during DNA extraction procedure.
I want to get rid/minimise the microbial DNA. It is causing a lot of issues in my PCRs (lots of misamplification). Is there an inexpensive method to do so?
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I am trying to download r8s from this link, http://loco.biosci.arizona.edu/r8s/; but I am not able to download it. Can anyone please tell me how to download it. 
Also, how is r8s when compared to BEAST and can I run it using windows system?
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Recently, I read about Nuclear Swamping in many articles. But, I don't think I completely understand what exactly is nuclear swamping. So if anyone has an explanation easier to understand, then please let me know.
Thank you and Cheers! 
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So is it possible to convert an excel file into mega format so that it can be opened in MEGA for alignment and analysis?
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I have nexus file (*.nxs) which contains a lot of taxa and the sequence length is also very long, so I cannot keep copy pasting it as it will take a lot of time. I want to know if there is any other way in which I can import or open this nexus file into MEGA 5.2 which can save a lot of time for me?

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