My core research interests are molecular phylogenetics and biogeography. My PhD project looks at the evolution of endemic birds and potential for cryptic speciation in Peninsular India. In India, most species descriptions are from a century back, based on morphology-based taxonomy. My PhD is trying to fill this research gap by revisting taxonomy using genetics for selected species.
Before switching to birds, I did short field-based projects, mostly on mammals. I did fieldwork in Central India (Madhya Pradesh) for a project looking at genetic connectivity of jungle cats. After that, I worked as a field-assitant for two-months for a similar project looking at gene flow and connectivity of sloth bear population in Western India (Rajasthan and Gujarat). My master's thesis looked at phylogenetic relationships within toad genus Duttaphrynus in Peninsular India. I have also worked on wildlife corridors as part of six-month internship with WWF India.
Projects Involved: Biogeography, Cryptic Species
PERSONAL AND OTHER INTERESTS
I enjoy reading (mostly during fieldwork, when there is no network), watching anime, re-watching Lord of the Rings. I also love hiking and have trekked Hampta Pass, Kudremukh and Rupin Pass.