I am a conservation biologist, an avid reader, a wanderlust, a wannabe long-distance runner and an amateur photographer. I spent most of my life in India, a land of opposites. In this country, you will find the richest and poorest people, the biggest industries and the most bio-diverse wilderness areas, a society seeped in spirituality/ religion and the top space research all juxtaposed and overlaid. This land has shaped my personality. For example, having grown up in the second most populous country in the world, I am naturally drawn towards places that offer some solitude from the chaos of life.
I found the perfect balance in my career of a wildlife conservation biologist. I split my time between the remote wilderness areas collecting data, and in research labs and educational institutes in cities, where I try to use this data to answer basic or applied questions about our natural world. I use genetics and spatial tools to answer these questions, but will learn any other technique if it gets me to the answer.
I received my Bachelors with honors in Botany from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University (2000) and my Masters in Environmental Science from University of Pune (2002). After working in the Wildlife Institute of India for a year, I embarked upon a few years of research in the Indian Trans-Himalayas. I received my PhD from George Mason University in 2012. Since then, I have been in a short postdoctoral position at Clemson University, SC , and as a TNC-NatureNet postdoctoral scientist at E3B, Columbia University, NY. I have recently started a new postdoctoral position at the University of Göttingen, Germany to work on brown bear connectivity in Europe.
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All photos that appear on my webpage have been taken either by me or Sandeep Sharma