I am an Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholar at the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Oxford studying towards my D.Phil degree in Zoology, supervised by Dr. Andrew Gosler at the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology and the Institute of Human Sciences.

My doctoral research explores the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous communities alongside scientific ecological knowledge for conserving endemic and threatened avian fauna in the rich tropical forests of central Western Ghats in India.

I earned a Masters in Ecology from Pondicherry University in 2013, where I studied the socio-economics and perceptions around smooth-coated otters and fishermen conflicts in the Cauvery River, India, funded by the International Otter Survival Fund. Post my masters, I was awarded the Global Fellowship in Marine Conservation by Duke University, making me the second Indian woman to achieve this feat.

My past research and projects include community-based species conservation, animal movement ecology, bioacoustics studies, human-wildlife interactions including illegal wildlife trade and hunting, both in terrestrial as well as marine realms.

The magnificent tropical evergreen forests of the central Western Ghats landscape