I am an engineer-turned-ecologist (computer-scientist-turned-conservation-biologist, if you will) and my research involves applying quantitative tools to visualize and analyze scientific data. I am a data geek who likes to study wildlife populations and behavior. I’m an alumna of the Wildlife Biology and Conservation program at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and Wildlife Conservation Society – India. As a PhD student in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I’m working on multi-species models with a focus on monitoring vertebrates.
I’m fascinated by the sheer diversity of organisms on earth, how these organism interact with each other, and how these interactions affect where they are found, what they do, and how they go about doing this. I’m interested in how species are distributed in space and time, and how their interactions influence them at different levels – individual, population, community, ecosystem. My primary interests are in 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.
I live to eat, travel, and read, not necessarily in that order. I’m a compulsive reader, unpredictable writer, insatiable traveler, adventure junkie, highly-excitable photographer, ardent naturalist, borderline twitcher, enthusiastic FOSS evangelist and user, and food fanatic.
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