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South Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests, South Western Ghats moist deciduous forests, South Western Ghats montane rainforests, Lower Gangetic Plains moist deciduous forests, Chhota-Nagpur dry deciduous forests


Naturalist, Researcher, Student, Ecologist

Prajjwal Kumar

Salim Ali Center for Ornithology and Natural History

I hail from Nalanda – the Land of Knowledge in Bihar. My passion for wildlife studies was rooted in my curiosity in understanding the novelty of interactions among species – that take different forms like predation, mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. The challenge of finding solutions for complex problems has always intrigued me, and I naturally started looking up to technology for issues in wildlife ecology and management. Using the latest non-invasive technologies for better understanding of wildlife distribution and behavior fascinates me.

After my B.Sc. degree in Botany, I joined M.Sc. Ecology and Environment Studies at Nalanda University, where I got introduced to adopting an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental management and sustainability. My PG dissertation under the guidance of Dr. Shyam S Phartyal, “Detection of arboreal faunal diversity using camera traps” made me realize the usefulness of non-invasive techniques in understanding the behaviour of lesser-known taxa. In addition, and my internship with Dr. Kishore Dhawala in assessing the potential of renewable energy on Nalanda University Campus, gave me a lot of hands-on experience in studying environmental issues.