I am an evolutionary ecologist who discovered birds as an undergrad after growing up a nature-oblivious urban kid near Bombay, went chasing after vanishing wildernesses as a graduate student, and returned to the city grown up as a reconciliation ecologist! I study ecological and evolutionary processes in more or less human dominated ecosystems with the goal of applying our understanding of these processes towards reconciling biodiversity conservation with human development. I also hold a position as an Associate Professor of Vertebrate Ecology in California State University, Fresno.
Is this a May afternoon in central California? Or along the west coast of my native India? Have I fallen asleep, and let my seasonal nostalgia, that longing for the real monsoon, drag me halfway around the world? How, where, did this rare moody monsoonal storm come from, here now?