Growing up at the edge of the Bay of Bengal and Sundarban, the largest mangrove forest in the world, introduced me to the sights and sounds of the natural world and has shaped my personal and professional life. I have witnessed the struggle between human interest and a declining natural world first hand. I have seen the possibility of extinction of a charismatic mega-fauna, the royal Bengal tiger, and imminent threats to human settlements caused by changing climate. Enhancing scientific understanding of large-scale ecological phenomenon and informing stakeholder communities of research findings has been a focal point of my professional career. I am actively involved in environmental conservation through scientific inquiries and public engagement.
I have been working at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology since 2004. Listening to the sounds of marine and terrestrial bioacoustics is my passion. Working in the Bioacoustics Research Program has opened my eyes to the relationship between the acoustic world and anthropogenic factors that influence our soundscapes.
Application of acoustics in science, conservation, and public engagement is an integral part of my role in BRP. I coordinate BRP’s real-time right whale monitoring project in Massachusetts Bay. Large-scale data analysis and integration of technological advancements in conservation practices has been a focal point of this effort. Also, I coordinate BRP’s education and outreach efforts to communicate our research findings to a wide range of stakeholder groups.