Growing up in a city, I had been mostly oblivious to nature around me, even though I had an inclination towards wildlife. During my undergrad, I met a bunch of like-minded individuals in the form of “Green Army” and we took part in frequent discussions and walks to understand and learn more about the biodiversity around us and do our bit for its sustenance. Around the same time, I started bird watching as well and have been fascinated by birds since then. I have worked on a project involving Lapwing breeding behaviour in the Western Ghats and bird diet and nest-box monitoring in Eastern Himalayas. Later, I took a break for a year before my masters and worked on bird communities and habitat use of woodpeckers in the Western Himalayas. This gave me a peek at bird community dynamics and how species fare with changing landscapes today.
My research interests broadly include species interactions in communities, landscape ecology and behavioural ecology. Ultimately, I would like to contribute to on-ground conservation and outreach through my research. I am currently studying how exotic plantations affect the occurrence of birds in the Shola Sky Islands of Western Ghats. Further, I am interested in understanding how landscape change can influence bird behaviour, specifically, how it may alter nesting preferences, mate choices and territories.
Projects Involved: Sky Island Birds
PERSONAL AND OTHER INTERESTS
My personal interests include bird watching which has been a favourite pastime for about five years now. Apart from that, I love to play football, watch anime, read crime fiction and definitely live to eat!
- Shahabuddin G., Menon T., Chanda R., Goswami R. (2018). Ecology of Rufous-bellied Woodpecker (Dendrocopos hyperythrus) in Himalayan oak forests. Forktail 34: 58-64.
- Ritobroto Chanda. (2017). Phantom of the Mountains: The leopards of Himalayas. Saevus Blog. http://www.saevus.in/newblog/phantom-mountains-leopards-himalayas/