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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Anita Malhotra

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Dr. Anita Malhotra, Ph.D., was born and brought up in India. She moved to the UK in her mid-teens. After getting a B.A. in Zoology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology (population evolution and adaptation in Lesser Antillean anole lizards) at the University of Aberdeen, Dr. Malhotra began her specialist research focusing on a revision of the systematics of Asian pitvipers. This work, based in the Molecular Ecology and Evolution group at Bangor University, involved integration of field collection, multivariate morphometrics and DNA phylogenetics, and led to substantial revisions in the systematic arrangement of the group at both the species and generic levels. As a result of the extensive fieldwork underpinning this research, Anita developed a large network of collaborators in many Asian countries, which has been further enhanced by being the regional co-coordinator for the IUCN Viper Specialist Group. In more recent years, her focus has shifted to addressing the human suffering and death toll that these snakes can bring, particularly in India, and is a member of the WHO expert roster for snakebite.

Talk title:

An integrative taxonomic approach to determining species boundaries in Asian pitvipers.

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