BE (Electronics) MSc (Geoinformatics)
From my younger days I have been interested in nature as most of my schooling was in the rural areas of Karnataka which gave me an ideal setting to be with nature and appreciate its beauty. I started participating regularly in the tiger and elephant censuses conducted by the forest department and often trekked with my friends across wild and beautiful landscapes. These exciting experiences consolidated my interest and love for the wild.
After completing my graduation in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University, I worked for a while in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and then worked as project engineer for a DST project in Karwar. But my passion for wildlife and adventure compelled me to change track and join the Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS, Bangalore) in 2001, which gave me an opportunity to work in wildlife protected areas in Karnataka and exposed me to different scientific methods used in wildlife studies.
My association with NCF started in 2002 with my involvement in the rainforest restoration project and the human – elephant conflict studies initiated by Divya and Shankar Raman in Anamalais. After that exciting stint, I joined Madhusudan for a study on livestock impacts in Bandipur National park which gave me a chance to learn about the ways of the wild and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Presently, I manage the GIS facility at Mysore and provide GIS/RS support to most of the projects in NCF.