I am a wildlife scientist and doctoral student currently researching human-carnivore coexistence and the responses of spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) to anthropogenic activity in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania, with the Ngorongoro Hyena Project, based at the Department of Evolutionary Ecology at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. I am most interested in applied ecology and conservation behavior, i.e., using fundamental concepts from ecology and animal behavior to promote conservation and management outcomes.

I am the Red List Authority for the IUCN SSC Hyaena Specialist Group and am also a National Geographic Explorer. I am passionate about scientific outreach and have been involved with several natural history TV shows, science podcasts, guest lectures for undergraduate and grade school classes, and articles in newspapers and magazines. I am active on social media and believe that science and science communication greatly benefit society.

I was born in Maryland, USA and have lived in 13 countries (it’s a long story). Owing to this international experience, and in recognition of the importance of stamping out parachute science, one of my main priorities is to collaborate with partners in the Global South.

When I am not doing science, I enjoy outdoor activities, lifting weights, reading, listening to Punjabi music, following sports and the economy, and dabbling in a bit of comedy. That last one is a work in (debatable) progress.

If I haven’t bored you yet: I am always keen to work with fellow scientists, media personalities, and students – please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to collaborate!

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