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Ecology of overwintering tadpoles in montane streams
Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun (2019-present)
Anuran larvae | Habitat Ecology | Behaviour

When it comes to the diversity of habitats, extreme environments like the winter season in montane forests, amphibians follow a different strategy. We can see tadpoles hiding in the muddy bottom of pools when the temperature is too low during the winter season; sometimes even frozen streams and ponds. This phenomenon is called ‘overwintering’. It is a common phenomenon in the northern hemisphere, where they will see frog and salamander larvae under frozen ponds and pools. Overwintering happens in other animals too. Invertebrates, especially pathogens have been extensively studied along with a lot of aquatic organisms including salmons. Currently, I am working at WII under Dr. Abhijit Das and Dr. J. A. Johnson to understand various ecological aspects of these tadpoles.


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Women’s Career Pathway in Chemical Sciences; a Multi-stage Investigation in Kerala, India
Funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2020-present)
Gender | Science Career | Education

Through this project, we are exploring the career pathway of women in the Chemical Science field of Kerala, from a primary school student to their present career stage – to find evidence on barriers to inclusion based on gender along with the atmosphere of family, society and academia. The project aims to identify critical factors that are moulding women to choose and continue a career in Chemistry.

The project is in collaboration with Mr Mohammed Jasil P. (Department of Chemistry, The Gandhigram Rural Institute, Tamil Nadu), and funded by Inclusion and Diversity Awards, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK (May 2020).

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