My main interests lie around animal communication, especially sexual selection and signaling in songbirds. My academic exposure at IISER work so far has integrated my training in basic physics and mathematics with my passion for birds, ecology, and evolution. My current research focus started with my curiosity when exposed to songs of the White-bellied Sholakili, a bird endemic to the Shola Sky-Islands of the Western Ghats that has very high acoustic complexity. I began by exploring existing methods to quantify song complexity and slowly started integrating new ideas to find a robust method to quantify birdsong complexity.
For my MS thesis, I am studying the songs of ringed individuals of Sholakili to understand the song complexity and song sharing across individuals. Previously, I have worked on morphology and acoustics of squirrels and a short project integrating phylogenetics and acoustics of Old-World Flycatchers
PERSONAL AND OTHER INTERESTS
I enjoy watching birds, mammals, moths, and butterflies and visiting new places. Apart from these, I like to play football and enjoy playing harmonium and harmonica
- Sawant, S,. Arvind, C., Joshi, V., Robin, V.V (2021) Spectrogram cross-correlation can be used to measure the complexity of bird vocalizations. BioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.03.30.437665
- S. G. Sawant (2019). Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia in Andhra Pradesh. Indian BIRDS 15 2