Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Jacksonville State University
I am interested in interdisciplinary research on global change and its impacts on coupled human and natural systems. As a field biologist, I have over a decade's experience working on ethnobiology, natural resource management, conservation biology, and global environmental change. I conduct interdisciplinary research that utilizes diverse tools and techniques from the natural sciences, social sciences, and geospatial science and have worked on the complex interactions among physical geography, biodiversity, and indigenous peoples in global biodiversity hotspots. I have also conducted livelihood outreach activities that involved working with stakeholders at multiple scales including administrators at state, district, and village levels in India. The common theme in all these projects is human-environment interactions. I am passionate about sharing my research work with both academic and non-academic groups.
My new publication demonstrates how the transhumant pastoral system enhances biodiversity and ecosystem function. I argue that a complete restriction of open grazing meets neither conservation nor socioeconomic goals. The article advocates for evidence-based policies to conserve the rich and vulnerable biodiversity of the Himalaya.
Paper titled "Correlated evolution of flower size and seed number in flowering plants (monocotyledons)" selected as "Editors Choice Article" recognized for its outstanding quality and interest, and published as open access
An illustrated book with scientific insight and splendid photographs featuring the mystical valley of Lachen in the Eastern recesses of the Himalaya. This book tries to capture a glimpse of the threatened biodiversity, the kaleidoscopic array of cultural traditions, beliefs, and knowledge systems of the indigenous communities, and the major threats to the region. We aim that the book be used as an important tool to support and strengthen environmental policies, towards the conservation of this much understudied treasure of nature and encourage environmentally sustainable and economically viable tourism in the region. The book was partly crowdsource funded through kickstarter.com and ATREE.