About me

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I’m an independent science writer based in Bangalore, India. I’m drawn to stories that challenge how we think about the world. My work has appeared in Undark Magazine, Nature, Mongabay, BBC Earth, New Scientist, Ensia, Smithsonian.com, Verve Magazine, The Scientist, The Guardian (Environment Blog), and others. Until recently, I was a staff writer at Mongabay, an environment and conservation news website.

In 2017, I led a reporting series called Conservation Effectiveness, which was a finalist in the 2018 “Science Reporting – Series” category of the NASW Science in Society Journalism Awards, and my story on how big conservation NGOs use evidence to guide their decision-making was the winner of the 2018 ScienceSeeker’s awards in the environment and our place in it category.

Before becoming a full-time writer, I worked as a wildlife researcher in India, walking through forests and grasslands, collecting tiger, leopard and elephant poo, and crunching numbers.

I live on the outskirts of Bangalore with my husband, cat, and dog. When I’m not sitting in front of my computer, I’m usually out riding my mountain bike on our local trails — that makes me the happiest.

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