I’m currently a Research Fellow in Daiqin Li’s Lab at the National University of Singapore, working on the evolution of visual signals in jumping spiders.
Cosmophasis umbratica male (left) and female (right), taken from Lim & Li, 2004.
My PhD research focused on gliding lizards (Genus: Draco) which are found throughout southeast Asia. Draco have extendible ‘wings’ called patagia, which are supported by elongated ribs and can extend and retract for gliding between trees. They also have colourful extendible dewlaps – similar to the anoles – which they use in display for communicating with conspecifics. Among other questions, I tested how sensory drive may lead to speciation, where populations diverge in visual habitats. Draco spp., are an ideal group to test this as they have strikingly different body colouration (specifically regions used in signalling) as well as different behaviours for communication and are found in diverse habitats within a small geographic range.
Danielle Klomp, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
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