By training I am a wildlife scientist, working on the ecology and conservation of tropical forests and wildlife, mainly in the Western Ghats in India. My academic degrees were useful and excellent excuses to carry out field studies on deer and antelope in southern India (BSc Zoology, Loyola College, Chennai), on shifting agriculture and wildlife in northeast India (MSc Wildlife Science, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun), and on birds in the tropical rainforests of the Western Ghats (PhD, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore). Now, I work with students and colleagues on conservation in fragmented tropical landscapes, based out of a long-term field research station at Valparai in the Anamalai hills. We work to restore degraded rainforests amidst extensive plantations of tea and coffee and to reduce conflicts between people and large wildlife species such as Asian elephants and leopards. That's a brief note about me, on my science and conservation work.
Another significant part of my work is to write about ecology, natural history, and conservation for a wider readership in blogs and in other media. As a writer, I try to grapple with, come to terms with, conflicts in the external world and in my internal world, through the written word. I write mainly creative non-fiction and reflective essays on nature and conservation, grounded in place, for newspapers, magazines, and our blogs EcoLogic and Rainforest Revival.