- Hometown: Udaipur, Rajasthan India
- PhD, Forestry
- MS, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
- Post graduate diploma, Geoinformatics applications for Environmental Assessment and Disaster Management
- Post graduate diploma, Urban Planning
- B. Architecture
- Research focus: Using a combination of spectroscopic, airborne and remotely sensed data to assess the influence of environmental change on landscape-scale patterns of ecosystem service provision.
- Other interests: Sensor development, architectural and graphic design, fieldwork of any kind, hiking, camping and fishing off the great waters of Wisconsin.
Personal: I was born and went to school in Indore, India, and have had the good fortune to live and work across India and in the US in a variety of academic and professional capacities. Starting as a student of Architecture in the historical city of Gwalior in central India (1994), I went on to earn my master’s degree in Urban Planning from CEPT University (2000), Ahmedabad. I subsequently worked as a research consultant on projects related to urban development, disaster management, and socio-economic and environmental analysis to provide decision support for several regional planning exercises. I moved back to my core interest, research in forest and wildlife ecology, after obtaining a post-graduate diploma in geoinformatics with a forestry focus (2003). After a short stint working with the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore (2005) as an ecoinformatics specialist, I moved to the US for an MS in wildlife ecology and conservation in 2006 and subsequently to the Townsend Lab for my PhD in Forestry in 2008. My research has taken me from arid western India, biodiversity hotspots in the Himalayas and the Western Ghats, the Colorado Rockies and the forests of the Upper Midwestern US and finally to the soy fields in Wisconsin.
My research has had a fundamental role in driving my wife and two kids up the wall. While my other interests include sensor development, architectural and graphic design, fieldwork of any kind, hiking, camping and fishing off the great waters of Wisconsin, they would argue I basically just dream of these while dozing on the couch.
Professional: Overall, my research involves using a combination of spectroscopic, airborne and remotely sensed data to assess the influence of environmental change on landscape-scale patterns of ecosystem service provision. I define ecosystem service provision in the broadest, non-anthropocentric, sense possible. Consequently, my research has involved species distribution modelling for endangered species and invasive exotics, space use and habitat selection by wildlife, assessing the effects of disturbance on landscape-scale nutrient cycling processes, using spectroscopy to relate foliar biochemistry with watershed-scale nutrient export and recently assessing the impact of invasive insect pests on agricultural productivity and relating forest phenology with population dynamics of wildlife in Wisconsin using camera trap photographs. As part of the Townsend lab, a large proportion of my responsibilities include developing algorithms to process and interpret spectroscopic data and imagery. Apart from writing manuscripts and assisting in proposal development, I am heavily involved in developing tools and techniques for high-volume, high-throughput satellite data processing. My weapons of choice to tackle these jobs are Python, R, IDL, and Matlab (in that order of preference). Some code examples, and a somewhat current list of publications can be accessed at http://ecocodespace.wordpress.com/.
Last updated: May 21, 2014