Research Affiliate, Eastern Himalaya
M.Sc. in Natural Resources Management, Doon University, Dehradun.
I was amazed when I first read about the Kudu-Acacia interaction followed by the deaths in thousands of the African antelopes. The first thing I realized was that “consciousness” is not a characteristic which can be solely attributed to homo-sapiens and studies on plant-animal interactions can be quite fascinating. One of my primary interest centers around plant-animal interactions and to study the natural history of the Eastern Himalayan region.
I am a novice in the field of wildlife ecology, and in the past I have been working in different aspects to grow my interest and knowledge. I was formally introduced to wildlife studies during my master’s dissertation (2012), where I chanced upon to work on the food habits of red fox in Dachigam National Park. Then I have worked in the All India Tiger monitoring project in Wildlife Institute of India, and it was a wonderful experience to work in the mangroves of Sundarbans, the ravines of Satpura and the savannahs of Mukundara. I have also had the opportunity to work in the lowland tropical forests and wetlands of Assam working with the ethnic communities in identifying the drivers of ecosystem change.
My hobbies include playing guitar and especially the blues genre. Currently, I am involved with the Hornbill conservation programme in the Eastern Himalayas, where I shall be a part of the community-based-conservation initiative and also get to observe the behavior of these beautiful birds.