Senior Ecologist and Academic Coordinator
Arundhati works as the Academic Coordinator for WCS-India. She finished her PhD in Conservation Science from the ATREE Academy, affiliated with Manipal University, in 2015. After her PhD, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Centre for Biological Sciences - TIFR. Her research has focussed on understanding the unique shola-grassland ecosystem in the Western Ghats. In particular, she studies how various factors affect shola tree communities, such as climate, topography, land cover change and the spread of invasive species.
Prior to starting her PhD, she worked at leading conservation agencies on conservation planning projects in the Western Ghats and in the Southeastern United States. She is also interested in the application of GIS and Remote Sensing tools to ecological research and conservation projects. In her current role at WCS-India, Arundhati is dedicated to building knowledge and capacity for biodiversity conservation and collaborating with other researchers to study and conserve tropical montane ecosystems.