My broad research interests are molecular phylogenetics and historical biogeography. I am fascinated by the patterns and processes leading to avian diversification and speciation. For my Ph.D., I plan to look at the evolutionary origins of endemic birds in the Western Ghats using molecular data. I also plan to look at systematics and taxonomy for some of the Indian passerines.
I got into conservation science when I volunteered for a jungle cat genetic connectivity study in Madhya Pradesh in 2016. My Master's thesis at the University of Delhi examined the evolutionary history of Peninsular Indian toads. Following my masters, I did extensive fieldwork on sloth bear genetic connectivity and population size estimation in Gujarat and Rajasthan. I have also briefly worked on wildlife corridors with WWF-India. Along with my research interests, I am also interested in science communication. I am passionate about making science more inclusive and accessible.
PERSONAL AND OTHER INTERESTS
I am a growing birder and a big Lord of the Rings fan. I try to find LOTR landscapes in the places I travel, along with wayside tea shops and dogs to pet. I also enjoy photography and baking.