I am a Community Ecologist and a Conservation Biologist. I have worked for conservation at both taxa and landscape level. I use interdisciplinary approach of combining methods from ecology, social sciences, GIS, and statistical models to establish the suitable method for conservation. I have extensive experience in collection of data using both field and GIS-based techniques, which is complimented by my statistical knowledge.
My current research focusses on how climate change is affecting: 1) the relationship between insectivorous birds and arthropods. I am studying insectivorous bird and arthropod relationships in Urban, Peri-urban, Working Lands and Protected Areas. Through this research I aim at working towards establishing reality based approach on what constitutes a sustainable city. 2) Affecting the movement ecology of Armadillos. I use quantitative field ecology approach with field work and quantitative modeling playing an equal role. I am always looking for new tech to find biological solutions. For my dissertation, had worked on conservation of drought hit scrubland forests in Southeastern India. By studying bird’s foraging, nesting ecology, effect of drought on socio-economic conditions and anthropogenic dependence on scrub forests, and LULC changes I developed a model for sustainable conservation of a drought hit region that also promotes socio-economic conditions.
Conservation is not a stand-alone concept; it requires a collaborative effort from people in various wakes of life. Thus, I often work with local and indigenous communities in understanding their Traditional Ecological Knowledge, documenting it and using it for understanding conservation of the region. I am often involved in organizing various workshops and other outreach programs for local communities.
I am a passionate teacher and believe in sharing the knowledge that I have gained over a period of time. The courses I teach often are lined along nurturing the passion for biology, ecology, and conservation while developing scientific literacy and bio-skills needed to be efficient and effective leaders.