Research Scholar, High Altitudes
MSc, University of St Andrews
My fascination with the natural world began in the forests of the Western Ghats, when I used to visit these areas during my summer vacations. I first got involved in wildlife research in India by volunteering with various conservation organisations in my undergraduate days. I completed my Bachelor's in Microbiology, Zoology, and Chemistry from the St Joseph's College of Arts and Science in Bangalore. To further my interests in wildlife research, I pursued a Masters in Environmental Biology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
My previous research experience includes studying the acoustics of the Northern Bottlenose Whales in Iceland; estimating species richness of amphibians in the Payamino region in the Amazonian Ecuador; and studying amphibians in changing land-uses in the Annamalai hills. I previously worked as the conservation coordinator in NCF's high altitude programme. During this time I worked on a variety of conservation issues and on conservation education, in the Trans-Himalayas .
My current research interests are in the area of ecosystem service use in the Indian Trans-Himalayas.
- Popular Article2015Nono: king of the mountainsThe Hindu in School, 18 March
- Poster2014Fungi of the Western Ghatssupported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership FundDownload
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Cyathus, Amanita, Coprinus, Schizophyllum, Cordyceps, Omphalotus
- Popular Article2013A morning with ‘Bloated Stomach’The Hindu in School, 8 May
- Popular Article2013Lantana I.A.S. (Invasive Alien Species)The Hindu in School, 7 August
- Popular Article2013Strange fish in familiar watersThe Hindu in School, 14 August
- Popular Article2012The land of the fungusThe Hindu in School, 15 August
- Journal Article2012Streamside amphibian communities in plantations and a rainforest fragment in the Anamalai hills, IndiaJournal of Threatened Taxa 4: 2849–2856.Download
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Stream amphibian communities, occupying a sensitive environment, are often useful indicators of effects of adjoining land uses. We compared abundance and community composition of anuran amphibians along streams in tea monoculture, shade coffee plantation, and a rainforest fragment in Old Valparai area of the Anamalai hills. Overall species density and rarefaction species richness was the highest in rainforest fragment and did not vary between the coffee and tea land uses. Densities of certain taxa, and consequently community composition, varied significantly among the land uses, being greater between rainforest fragment and tea monoculture with shade coffee being intermediate. Observed changes are probably related to streamside alteration due to land use, suggesting the need to retain shade tree cover and remnant riparian rainforest vegetation as buffers along streams.
- Popular Article2012Attack of the killer fungusThe Hindu in School, 1 August
- Popular Article2012Friendly fungiThe Hindu in School, 8 August
- Book2012Fungus among us: An exploration of fungi in the Anamalai hills.Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore. 56 pages.