Areas of Interest & Expertise
Vegetation Dynamics, Forest Recovery, Avian Frugivores, Ecology
Krishnapriya (Priya as she is fondly called) is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.
She is an ecologist, with an interest in tropical forest diversity, dynamics and biogeography. Her PhD dissertation was on the biogeography and macroecology of small mammals in the Indian subcontinent (especially in the Himalayas). Her postdoctoral work was on African tropical forest-savanna dynamics. As part of her long-term research, she is interested in understanding forest recovery in northeast India and how human activities influence recovery. She is also interested in the biogeography of birds, especially tropical frugivores.
Publications and Writings
- Majumder, S*., Tamma, K*., Ramaswamy, S and Guttal, V. Inferring critical points of ecosystem transitions from spatial data.
- Krishnan, A, Singh, A and Tamma, K. Visual signal evolution along complementary color axes in four bird lineages. In review
- Krishnan, A* and Tamma, K*. 2017. Ecological opportunity, competition and patterns of morphological diversity in the pantropically distributed barbets and toucans (Aves: Piciformes). In revision.
- Dias, M., Pattabiraman, C., Sidappa, S., Gowda, M., Shet, Anita., Smith, D., Muehlemann, B., Tamma, K., Solomon, T., Jones, T., Krishna, S., 2018. Complete assembly of a dengue virus type 3 genome from a recent genotype III clade by metagenomic sequencing of serum, Wellcome Open Research
- Ramachandran, V., Robin, V.V., Tamma, K., Ramakrishnan, U., 2017. Climatic and geographic barriers drive distributional patterns of bird phenotypes within peninsular India, Journal of Avian biology.
- Krishnan, A*., and Tamma, K*, 2016. Structuring of morphological and acoustic traits in sympatric communities of Asian barbets. Royal Society Open Science.
- Tamma, K., Marathe, A., Ramakrishnan, U, 2016. Past influences present: Species from multiple biogeographic pools sort environmentally in Indian subcontinent, Frontiers of Biogeography.
- Tamma, K and Ramakrishnan U, 2015. Higher speciation and lower extinction rates influence mammal diversity gradients in Asia, BMC Evolutionary Biology.
- Srinivasan, U., Tamma, K and Ramakrishnan U, 2014. Past climate and species ecology drive nested species richness patterns along an east-west axis in the Himalaya, Global Ecology and Biogeography.
- Mukherjee, S., Krishnan, A., Tamma, K., Home, C., Navya, R., Joseph S., Das, A., and Ramakrishnan U, 2010. Ecology driving genetic variation: A comparative phylogeography of Jungle cat (Felis chaus) and leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) in India, Plos One.
Human impacts on critical thresholds of forest-savanna transitions in Africa Monitoring resilience of forests in protected areas using remotely-sensed technologies