Research Associate, High Altitudes
PhD in Wildlife Science, Nature Conservation Foundation, Wildlife Institute of India, Snow Leopard Trust;M.Sc. Environment Management, Forest Research Institute University, Dehradun, India;B.Sc. Zoology (H), University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
My broad research interests lie in distribution patterns of large mammals, ecological-social-cultural determinants of species persistence in a landscape, co-occurrence-competition dynamics, impact of socio-economic development and resource extraction/use in wildlife rich areas, interactions and impact of non-native species on native wildlife and human-wildlife interactions and/or conflict. I am particularly interested in the high altitude landscapes of the Himalaya and Trans-Himalaya, although tropical ecosystems intrigue me equally.
I am currently involved in research on high altitude mammals. For my post-doctoral research I'm looking at depredation ecology of snow leopards in relation to domestic and wild-prey. For PhD, I examined how snow leopard and its primary prey bharal and Asiatic ibex are distributed in the Himalaya and Trans-Himalaya ranges of Himachal Pradesh and what affects their distribution at multiple scales. I also looked at how migratory livestock grazing impacts vegetation and wild-prey of snow leopard.
My previous works include surveying northern Himachal for understanding occurrences of snow leopard and its prey using secondary information. For my M.Sc. dissertation I looked at how a commensal species, red fox, responds towards village size and free-ranging dog. I have been involved in snow leopard and prey population estimation surveys, management planning and capacity building.