I am a Data Scientist and Spatial Ecologist at currently working with WWF India as Lead - GIS & Conservation Technology. I have 15 years experience with various organization and projects with the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the US Agency for International Development(USAID), World Bank and numerous researchers and institutions around the world. I have handled complex projects and analytics using GIS, Remote Sensing, Biodiversity Informatics and Big Data to improve decision making in development and conservation.
I'm the recipient of the Carl Zeiss Award for Wildlife Conservation and an avid bird photographer with more than 1,000 images appearing in international publications. I hold an MSc in Ecology, BE in Computer Engineering and currently pursuing my Ph.D. in "Modeling shifts in avian distribution under climate change scenarios for prioritizing conservation areas.". My research uses Big Data computation to model historical and predicted shifts in avian distribution under climate change scenarios to prioritize conservation areas.
I have a special interest in Natural History and basically, a technocrat trying to find ways technology can get me closer to my true passion: wildlife and nature. I aim to influence the processes in the field of biodiversity conservation using cutting edge IT and GIS tools. While I am not busy being a technocrat, I double as 'Bird'man with my daughter and tick off species from our list of lifers and fulfill wanderlust.