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As an ecologist, I investigate the mechanisms that maintain diversity in ecosystems. In a different life past, I was a medical doctor, but I left the hospital halls to walk the forest trails. Before the full-time shift to ecology though, I briefly worked as a physician for people living in and around forests, a coat (metaphorically speaking) I still don once in a while. My transition to ecology began with the realization that biodiversity was being lost at alarming rates. I went from activist to scientist because I felt that knowledge was essential to action, but I was also increasingly driven by intellectual curiosity about the complexity of life around us.


When not thinking of science and conservation, I like to run, practice yoga and try out new fitness regimens. Good books, great conversation, and gastronomy rank high in my life agenda and someday I would like to farm (at least some of) my own food.


I am currently in the process of setting up my research program at the Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). Check back for updates!


If you would like to join my lab, email me:

meghna [at] ccmb [dot] res [dot] in.

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Community assembly and species coexistence

Trait-based ecology


Biodiversity and ecosystem function


Ecology of human-modified landscapes


Yale University

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Doctoral degree


Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

National Center for Biological Sciences & WCS-India

MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation


Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences

Bangalore Medical College

MBBS degree

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