Birds have always fascinated me! Sundays during my high schools
were meant for birding around Shimoga city on my fatherâ€™s
bicycle. Thanks to my brother for his patient riding that
provided ample opportunity to have a look at birds. This initial
exposure had deep impact in my mind and strange affection
towards ecological sciences.
I took Zoology, Botany and Chemistry for my graduation and Environmental Sciences for masters. I was offered to work on birds of my University campus for masterâ€™s dissertation, which I turned down, as I had already made a list. This led to my first hop with the frogs!! Thanks to my guide, who introduced me to a whole new world of amphibians. So I landed up doing my Mastersâ€™ dissertation on the habitat characters of Wrinkled frog Nyctibatrachus cf. major.
After Ph.D., I was in constant search for some thing more and beyond mere academic rituals! What better place than Indian Institute of Science for this? I landed up in Energy and Wetland Research Group, Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc on 30 June 2003 with an initial assignment on Impact Environmental Assessment. Till August 2009, I was at CES and later moved to Centre for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning as a Research Scientist to work on Urban Ecology and Planning issues.
As Chief Scientist, I assumed office at Gubbi Labs LLP a for profit research collective, since January 2015.