I am a computer-scientist-turned-ecologist and my research involves applying quantitative tools to visualize and analyze scientific data. I am a data geek who likes to study wildlife and animal behavior. I enjoy working on problems that have a scientific context, and involve both field work and theory. I was a graduate student in Wildlife Biology and Conservation at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) where I learnt to combine my love for field work and ecology with quantitative tools.
My current research involves identifying the determinants of distribution and landscape use of sympatric carnivores, as well as intra-guild interactions between them, with canids as my model system. My primary interests are community ecology and ecological interactions -- prey-predator, intra-guild, plant-animal and human-wildlife. I am also interested in wildlife assemblages in both human-dominated and human-modified landscapes, with a soft-spot for semi-arid, arid, and grassland ecosystems.
For up-to-date information on my global birding activity, check my eBird profile page.
- I was diagnosed with cancer towards the end of 2013. The Barbet's Lullaby chronicles some of my experiences and emotions before and during the treatment. As of 2015, I'm in remission, having successfully finished treatment, and just as importantly, I'm back doing what I love!
- This article on birding near the Powai Lake in Mumbai was selected as one of the two best entries for the M. Krishnan Memorial Nature Writing Award 2016. (In the media)
- A version of this essay on the wildlife of the Andaman Islands made it to the shortlist of the M. Krishnan Memorial Nature Writing Award 2014 but did not win.
- I got Expedia's Travel Writing Award in 2012 for this post about camping in the Death Valley and the prize included an all-expenses paid trip to the UK. Their official blog contains travel updates from me and the other winning travel bloggers.