I have broad interests in ecology and evolution that developed from a fascination for the natural history and photography of butterflies in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot in India, where I grew up. I am currently stationed in Okinawa, a beautiful subtropical island in southern Japan, where I am pursuing a Ph.D. at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). For my doctoral work, I am trying to establish Strumigenys ants as a “model clade” to study the molecular mechanisms underlying the convergent evolution of ultrafast trap-jaw mandibles in these ants. Outside of work, I enjoy baking, running, cycling, reading non-fiction, and exploring onsens in Japan.
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