Hello everyone, Priya here! I’m so excited to share my work, be it research or popular writing, with you all on On Life and Wildlife, and I hope to hear back from you about my work as well.
I am obsessed with learning more about the fascinating and lesser-known wetland ecosystems in India and the many ecosystem services that they provide to humans and wildlife alike!
A bit about me: I was born in Mumbai, India, and grew up in your typical Indian household. I spent many years listening to stories of nature and Indian culture, which influenced me greatly. My family moved to the USA, to the small but vibrant city of Pittsburgh, when I was quite young, where I completed my B.S. and B.A. in Environmental Geology and Biology in 2015, and received my Masters in Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2017! I am an avid writer, ecologist, and dancer. My wanderings have taken me to the tea plantations of South India (2013), up into the Lesser Himalayas and the vultures that battle extinction in this rugged landscape (2014), to national parks across the Western USA (2015), to a lonely island national park in the Caribbean to study a raucous seabird species (2016), into the thorn-scrub tiger forests of Rajasthan in a bid to save wildlife corridors (2016), and to village schools in Nagarahole and Bandipur Tiger Reserves, Karnataka, with a conservation education programme (2018). I currently work on ecohydrology and wetland conservation with a strong passion for science communication, Indian classical dance, and reading.