My broad interest lies in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology and I am primarily interested in avian vocal signalling. I am currently a WCT Small Grant recipient and am working on devising a methodology using passive acoustic recorders for the detection of the critically endangered Jerdon’s courser, a bird endemic to the foothills of the Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh. In addition, I am also looking into the cultural evolution of song in the White-bellied Sholakili, a bird endemic to the Shola Sky Islands of the Western Ghats. What is interesting is the high complexity of this bird’s repertoire and currently, we are trying to quantify this complexity.
I would like to probe into this question further to see whether song complexity is a measure of individual fitness. My interest in birdsong and avian behaviour has stemmed from previous projects and most recently, my thesis on sexual selection and the evolution of birdsong complexity in suboscines. Previously, I have worked on the role of prenatal maternal investment in buffering against environmental stress; the communal nesting behaviour of the Greater ani, a neotropical cuckoo; and the communal roosting behaviour on the Indian myna with regard to the recruitment centre hypothesis.
Projects Involved: Jerdon's Courser, Avian Malaria
PERSONAL AND OTHER INTERESTS
I love to backpack, explore uncommon places and try out new cuisines (its always all about the food, always). When not on the move, one can find me experimenting in the kitchen, primarily baking, which relies more on intuition rather than measures. Of late, I have found a new love for gardening and enjoy growing whatever grows!
- Sarangi M, Ganguly P, Zenia, Arvind C, Lakshman A, Vidya TNC. 2014. Common Myna roosts are not recruitment centers. PloS One 9: e103406. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0103406