Alumnus, High Altitudes
Nature and wildlife intrigued me naturally. I spent my childhood, cradled in the mountains of Pir Panjal, with the fondest memories of plucking wild apricots and climbing walnut trees. Pursuing bachelor's in the hustle bustle of Delhi, it was during my masters that I decided to follow my ecological dreams. On observing a dearth of platform for nature enthusiasts to discuss/act on issues concerning wildlife conservation, I founded The Birding Society of SNU to invigorate environmental sensitivity in the students. We organised talks, birding trips, small treks and documented 80 species of birds in college during Campus Bird Count in 2017.
I love being in the mountains and was fortunate to work with WII in the majestic Nelang valley and Gangotri National Park, Uttarakhand on the project- National Mission on Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystems. The work involved monitoring snow leopards and other mammals via camera traps. Following this, I worked with Eastern Himalayas Programme at NCF to analyze long term tree phenology data. My research interests are broadly in areas that lie at the cusp of mathematics and ecology- such as population ecology, evolutionary and behavioral game theory. During my undergrad, I worked as a research fellow on the non-linear dynamics of Chua's circuit at ICTS-TIFR and represented college as a science ambassador in Japan.
Apart from whiling away time doing nothing, I enjoy cycling and mini escapades.