King or Royal Family? Integrated Taxonomic Revision of the King Cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah) species complex.
Radiotelemetry of a Medically Important Snake: Russell’s Viper (Daboia russelii) in India.
Herpetology MSc Research student. Currently studying the difference in movement patterns and spatial ecology between radio tracked control and translocated Russell’s vipers (Daboia russelii) in Karnataka, South India.
My primary focus is research on venomous snakes. I have a particularly keen interest in human snake interaction, ranging from conflict to medical significance. Previously, I have done phylogenetic and biogeography work on the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah).
My current research assesses the impact of translocating “nuisance” snakes on their movement patterns and its efficacy as a conservation tool. Russell’s vipers (Daboia russelii) are medically significant snakes causing thousands of snakebite mortalities in India annually. As such they are regularly rescued and translocated as a conservation tool to reduce conflict and persecution of snakes. There is a large body of research that suggests that translocations are a largely unsuccessful method of reducing human-wildlife conflict, resulting in irregular movement patterns and increased snake mortality. This study aims to assess the impact of translocation on the movement patterns and mortality rates of translocated snakes compared to resident snakes via radio tracking. If similar patterns are shown in Russell’s vipers, what other human-snake strategies should we focus on?
Aside from academic research I also enjoy participating in local Herpetofauna conservation.