Watching lesser Adjutant storks take off from wetlands near my house are some of my best childhood memories even though I could not differentiate between greater and lesser adjutants back then. A few trips to watch river dolphins got me hooked and I wanted to somehow contribute to this lesser known field of ecology and wildlife conservation. It was during my Bachelors degree in Zoology from Cotton College, Guwahati when I actually put some serious thought into pursuing a career in Ecology and Conservation. I had very little idea about the MSc course at NCBS then; I applied and got through. Almost three years down the line, I realise this course has been a life changing experience for me. I would like to continue work while merging my two passions– wildlife conservation and northeast India.
I volunteered with Aaranyak on a project studying hunting in the Idu Mishmi community in Arunachal Pradesh.
I worked with Tezpur University on a project studying the properties of oil degrading bacteria and isolation of biosurfactants from crude oil contaminated soil.
I am interested in studying plant animal relationships mostly primates and forest co-dependency. I am also interested in knowing the people part of conservation better- people park interactions and human wildlife conflict etc.
I am an independent researcher working on a project titled ‘Diet Selection by Capped Langurs in Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary’ with a grant from Explorers Club, New York.
Awards and Scholarships
- 2012-2013: Exploration fund from Explorers Club, New York for continuation of Master’s project ‘Diet Selection by Capped Langurs in Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam, Northeast India’.
- 2010-2012: Full scholarship from NCBS- WCS India for two years during MSc Wildlife Biology and Conservation.
- 2007: Chandradhar Lahkar Memorial Award from the Zoological Society of Assam for highest marks in Biology.
- 2004: Governor’s Award from Governor of Assam for services as a Junior Red Cross Volunteer