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…

A Pheasant Surprise

Written by Shweta Basnett It was November 2015. My field assistant, Sonam, and I  were  hiking down the hill after finishing our monthly bird count in Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is located in the Sikkim Himalaya at an elevation of 4200m .  It is not unusual for the higher elevation areas in Sikkim to…

The “Unruly” World: Unearthing the “Madness” in Nature

Written by Chandrima Home Rules govern our lives as well as all of society. We humans love to anthropomorphize the natural world. We try to identify characters, behaviors in the natural world that are more human-like and anything happening out of the box is often considered “mad”. I personally like collecting such local trivia about…

A Fishy Childhood Tale: A Close Encounter with Giant Snakehead

Written by Ranjeet Kumar Sahani It was August, 1996; I was six years old then and used to live with my grandmother in a village called Ghataha in Darbhanga district, Bihar. It was a sunny afternoon with wind gushing from all directions when I reached Anhari Pokhair (The Pond of the Blind lady).I had come…

Arriving At My Field Sites

Written by Rahul Muralidharan July, 2016 It has been two months since I began fieldwork this summer. After travelling around in the hope of finding two villages to study, I now feel that I have finally arrived. On the one hand, it is stressful as it took longer than expected to find these villages and settle…

Welcome to the ATREE Young Researchers Network

Greeting and Call for Participation Dear Friends, As this message is being typed, a familiar phrase rings a bell in the ears “The pen is mightier than the sword.” We have the power of communication and non-violence on one hand and the extremism of violence on the other. As researchers’ our primary might lies in…