I am a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholar at the University of East Anglia as part of the Critical Decade programme. My research interests are in Global Change Ecology, Climate Change and Policy. My project combines quantitative climate science and crop science with qualitative social science to help farmers and agricultural policy makers adapt to climate change.
I graduated magna cum laude with a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from M S Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore, India in August 2021. My master’s dissertation was a predictive ecology project that involved building models to simulate the potential impacts of climate change on behavior, flock reassortment, survival of temperature sensitive avian species participating in Mixed Species Flocks in the highly biodiverse Eastern Himalayan forests under different warming scenarios. Focussing on thermal tolerances and climate driven range shifts, I studied how climate change could threaten mountaintop species, cause flock breakdown and potentially act as an escalator to extinction. My research was supported by the Indian Institute of Science. I have previously worked on short research projects in Oral cancer genomics, Viral genomics and Protein Science.
Before starting my PhD at the University of East Anglia, I worked as an Educator and Science Communicator for three years in collaboration with several NGOs and Ed -Tech Startups, where I was researching pedagogical frameworks for Global Citizenship Education, Inquiry and Project Based Learning, Education Policies and STEM education. I also developed climate education modules with learning outcomes aligned to sustainable development goals to be implemented in Indian Schools. In my free time, I read and write poetry and make science-based humorous comics.