Butterflies, Plant-animal interactions, Animal behavior & Learning.
I am currently working on mud-puddling behavior in butterflies. Apart from watching these creatures in large aggregations on field, which is an experience in itself, I hope to find interesting patterns behind these group formations through my study.
My past work focused on studying impacts of an invasive weed Lantana camara on native butterflies. I am mainly focusing on how these invasives affect the habitat-use & territorial behavior of native butterfly species in Lantana dominated landscapes and comparing it with areas having native vegetation in undisturbed tropical forests. The study was carried out in Bilirigiri Rangaswamy Tiger Reserve in Karnataka.