Species interactions in animal communities
I am a Research Associate at Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES) at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. I was a PhD student at CES from July 2014 - July 2019. My PhD dissertation was titled 'Understanding rules of assembly and species interactions in mixed-species bird flocks'. My research interests lie at the intersection of Animal Behaviour and Community Ecology and throughout my PhD I combined these interests to answer questions related to species interactions in animal communities. Currently, I am studying interactions within mixed-species animal groups, how they influence community composition and importance of some functional links in these groups using mixed-species bird flocks as a model system.
I am also interested in science education, writing and the learning sciences and have pursued my interests in these fields alongside my research over the past few years.