I have always been curious about aspects of animal behaviour-especially that of mammals and my interests extend to evolution and conservation biology. I have worked on Diversity of spiders in different types of ecosystems for my Masters thesis. Soon after, at Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI), I had the opportunity to study Invasive plants and their impact on the Munnar landscape and got myself addicted to the montane shola grasslands . Alongside this, I had worked on a sociological experiment wherein we made use of the ‘First Question Helpline data’-a platform introduced by KFRI wherein children could call in and ask and get answers to questions that intrigued them- and analysed the ‘age group – question type’ correlation and presented the results in the 32nd Kerala Science Congress.
In order to transition into animal-oriented research, I interned with Dr. Robin in the Sky Island Project for a few months before being involved in a plant-frugivore interaction study in South Andaman Island with Nature Conservation Foundation, looking into the feeding patterns of frugivorous birds and their seed dispersal effectiveness. At the moment, I am working with Jobin Varughese in the Sky Island Project, assisting him in data collection. I am also trying to figure out ecological questions addressing invasive plant species and native birds.
Projects Involved: Sky Islands Birds
PERSONAL AND OTHER INTERESTS
I am quite religious and my interest in research is primarily motivated by it. I also like to read, mostly works on theology, philosophy and non-fiction. Me, being an introvert, prefer working outdoors, in the wild and secure myself indoors if not working, thereby ensuring least exposure to people at all times. Upon exposure, playing football, watching movies, sharing food and having arguments and debates are preferred.