I’ve always loved watching wildlife and always knew I would study biology. In class 12, when I was thinking about career options, I heard about wildlife biology and instantly knew I wanted to do this! During my B.Sc (in Botany, Zoology and Biochemistry) and a couple of years following that, I volunteered with many wildlife NGOs, travelled to many wildlife reserves and read people’s accounts of their times in forests. The masters course was a whirlwind of extremely interesting aspects of wildlife biology and conservation being thrown at us constantly and shattering all my preconceived notions about how the world works and how conservation can be done. For my master’s dissertation work, I worked on seed dispersal by civets in Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh. My research interests are in plant-animal interactions, invasive species ecology and forest fragmentation. I currently work in the wonderful Anamalai Hills in Tamil Nadu where I study how coffee spreads from plantations into rainforests and how it might be affecting native plant regeneration.
- Independent Researcher (May 2014- Present)
- Research Associate, Nature Conservation Foundation. Analysing patterns of tree species regeneration in rainforest fragments of the Anamalais. (February 2014 – May 2014)
- Workshop Co-ordinator, Asian Otter Conservation Workshop (October 2013 – January 2014)
- Biologist, Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department for drafting Tiger Conservation Plans of Pakke Tiger Reserve and Namdapha Tiger Reserve (January 2013 – May 2013)
Reports and Publications:
Chakravarthy, D. and Ratnam, J. 2015. Seed dispersal of Vitex glabrata and Prunus ceylanica by Civets (Viverridae) in Pakke Tiger Reserve, north-east India: spatial patterns and post-dispersal seed fates. Tropical Conservation Science Vol.8 (2): 491-504.