I am interested in interdisciplinary research on global change and its impacts on coupled human and natural systems. As a field biologist I have a decades experience working on ethnobiology, natural resource management, conservation biology and global environmental change in the Indian Himalaya. These include – four years as a Senior Research Associate in India at ATREE and another five years as a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Boston under the supervision of Dr. K.S.Bawa with my dissertation to be submitted in Fall 2019.
I have a range of experiences conducting interdisciplinary research that utilizes diverse tools and techniques from the natural sciences, social sciences, and geospatial science and have worked on the complex interactions among physical geography, biodiversity, and indigenous peoples in the Himalayan biodiversity hotspot. I have also conducted livelihood outreach activities that involved working with stakeholders at multiple scales including administrators at state, district, and village levels in India. The common theme in all these projects is human-environment interactions.
I am passionate about sharing my research work with both academic and non-academic groups. In this respect, I have also conducted workshops facilitating an exchange of ideas and information between district and state administrators and local communities, bankers and IT managers, and Ph.D. and Masters students. I have ten publications in refereed journals, book chapters and a coffee table book about the field site for my dissertation work that was crowdfunded on kickstarter.com.
Editors Choice article
Paper titled "Correlated evolution of flower size and seed number in flowering plants (monocotyledons) selected as "Editors Choice article" recognized for its outstanding quality and interest, and published as open access
An illustrated book with scientific insight and splendid photographs featuring the mystical valley of Lachen in the Eastern recesses of the Himalaya. This book tries to capture a glimpse of the threatened biodiversity, the kaleidoscopic array of cultural traditions, beliefs, and knowledge systems of the indigenous communities and the major threats to the region. We aim that the book be used as an important tool to support and strengthen environmental policies, towards the conservation of this much understudied treasure of nature and encourage environmentally sustainable and economically viable tourism in the region.