I work on the ecology of birds and mammals in the high mountains of the Himalayas. My main interest lies in the migratory strategies of birds crossing the Himalayas, the most formidable barrier for migratory birds in Asia. I have co-edited a book on bird migration across the Himalayas for the Cambridge University Press. Some of the migratory birds that fascinate me include the Bar-headed Goose, arguably the highest-flying bird on the planet, and the Ruddy Shelduck, which I have studied in Ladakh and elsewhere in the Central Asian Flyway. I also work towards improving the habitats of iconic birds such as the Black-necked Crane around some of the high altitude lakes in Ladakh.
Changthang, Nubra, Zanskar
Self-financed volunteers and interns are welcome at any time. For paid internship, potential interns need to write a LOI, specifying as to what skill set they bring to the table, and how they would help in furthering research and conservation of birds in the high mountains. Paid positions are advertised as and when they become available. Masters and PhD students who are already registered at universities are welcome to collaborate in the field.