Labours of Love: Part Two

Written by R. Venkat Ramanujam Part 2 of 2 (Read Part 1 here) Drops of fresh pig-blood trickled down from Kutuk’s upper arms and chest, and stained his brand new pink loin cloth. A thick beaded necklace hung from his neck. Richard respectfully placed a glass of milk-tea in front, next to the kerosene lantern. Kutuk…

Labours of Love: Part One

Written by R. Venkat Ramanujam Part 1 of 2 Emily looked up at me and smiled her shy, dazzling smile. I might have turned a deep red but was saved from embarrassment by the colour of my skin. “I was at the market just now, and bought this for you, er, for your family. This is…

Use Your Smartphone Smartly: Apps in Ecological Research

Written by Soumya K.V. Have you ever wondered what your smartphone can do besides making calls, waking you up, reminding you of things to do, navigating your way, accessing your emails, communicating with your friends, accessing social media, taking pictures, playing music and videos, and so on? We all have smartphones but do we use…

The “Backstage” of a PhD

Written by Chandrima Home A PhD is a memorable journey in many ways – a motley mix of experiences ranging from the excitement of doing field work to the frustration of data analyses, and endless tedium of formatting your thesis, especially if you are technologically challenged! All these experiences and choices we make are often…

Living with humpback dolphins and fishers: A photo story

Written by Rahul Muralidharan The Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu are home to humpback dolphins and artisanal fishing communities. Dolphins and fishers here have historically had an uneasy relationship: that is dolphins engage in depredation or in other words -plunder fish caught in fisher’s nets. But, on…

Biodiversity in Bangalore: Considering the value of “weeds” in the Garden City

Written By Daniel Phillips As urban ecologists and landscape designers, we like to view cities as complex, messy ecosystems. One of the phenomena we seek to understand is the growth of “spontaneous” urban vegetation.  What makes vegetation spontaneous you may ask?  These are the cosmopolitan species that are growing outside of the radar of cultivation,…

Rendezvous with KMTR

Written by Ronita Mukherjee K-M-T-R, these four letters were a source of great curiosity for me ever since I embarked upon my PhD voyage. I wanted to understand the powerful charm that these four letters had cast on the people around me. When an opportunity to visit this fairyland presented itself, I felt euphoric.Afield visit…

Seeing under the surface: My ATREE experience

Written by Danielle Lindamood I am, by definition, a wanderer – both physically and mentally. I have had 15 jobs in my short 24 years. I have traveled in 22 different countries. I have dabbled in philosophy and marine biology and medicine and technology. I have called 10 different places home. Yet something has always…

The Case of a Lazy Snow Toad Crossing a Road

Written by Barkha Subba This incident took place during one of my field visits to North Sikkim. North Sikkim is truly a land of wonder and mysticism. The tropical forests and alpine highlands gives way to cold deserts and majestic peaks, hosting a gamut of life forms, landscapes, and folklores. The untrodden forests hold the…