Alumnus, Education and Public Engagement
I have a keen interest in the natural history of India - particularly in birds, frogs and snakes. This interest led me to break away from my engineering background to be able to pursue a path which allows me to work with the subjects I find most fascinating.
In the process, I have been lucky to be presented with opportunities to author the 1st and 2nd editions of ‘A Birder’s
Handbook to Manipal’ and co-author ‘Mandookavani: An Acoustic Guide
to the Frogs and Toads of the Western Ghats’. I received the Carl Zeiss Conservation Award in 2015 for my work involving conservation education in Manipal and surrounding landscapes.
I believe strongly in the power and potential of citizen engagement in scientific and conservation endeavours. Through NCF, I hope to help in engaging as many people as possible in understanding and caring for our environment and its inhabitants. Apart from various creatures and their natural habitats, I am also fond of long walks, surreal humour and ice cream.
- Journal Article2016http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0149727
We undertook amphibian surveys in human dominated landscapes outside of protected areas in south western region of India between years 2013–2015. We encountered a new species of Microhyla which is described here as Microhyla laterite sp. nov. It was delimited using molecular, morphometric and bioacoustics comparisons. Microhyla laterite sp. nov. appears to be restricted to areas of the West coast of India dominated by laterite rock formations.