I received my Masters degree in Wildlife Science from the Wildlife Institute of India in 2007
and my doctoral degree from Saurashtra University in 2013. For my doctoral research, I
studied the historical and ecological correlates of breeding distribution of Himalayan leaf
warbler communities. In 2017, I joined the National Centre for Biological Sciences as a
NCBS-inStem-Cambridge postdoc fellow and focused on developing molecular tools to study the diet and evolutionary aspects of critically endangered Gyps vultures. In addition, I have worked in multiple collaborative projects including evaluating the role of protected areas in biodiversity conservation in India, developing GBIF best practices for databasing camera-trap images, assessing human dimensions of tiger conservation in the western Terai, and conservation decision analysis. I joined NCF as the Academic Dean in September 2020. My role includes planning, coordinating and developing the PhD and Conservation Leadership Programme at NCF. I work closely with the Academic and Student Affairs committee, faculty and the student community within NCF to meet these objectives.