I am from the south Indian city of Bangalore and my love for animals has led me on the path from doing my bachelors in Microbiology (from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai) to my Masters in Environmental Science ( Mysore University, Mysore) and finally to WildCRU. My passion for big cat conservation was triggered when I worked on my MSc thesis of Human-leopard conflict focussing mainly on livestock depredation and its causes. I have interned at FERAL (Foundation for Ecological Research Advocacy and Learning) doing prey identification from scats of leopard, tiger and dhole and organizing camera trap data from Western Ghats of India. I have also volunteered at Vanamitraon a project which did biodiversity surveys of the Bangalore International Airport to reduce bird hits and in their awareness programme for tribal kids.
I hope to gain genetic, statistical, tracking and survey techniques necessary to have a successful project on the better management of human-wildlife conflict.