Mriganka Shekhar Sarkar
I obtained master degree in Applied Genetics from Bangalore University, Karnataka, India (2007). After getting hands-on exposure in molecular technique in Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology Karnataka, India (2007), I joined Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (LaCONES) as a project fellow during 2010. The all India project on “Non invasive genetic assessment of Indian tigers” has introduced me to the world of large carnivore and directed my core research interest into conservation biology and allied research.
I have contributed (2011 – 2015) to the successful tiger reintroduction programme at Panna tiger reserve, central India as a Junior Research Fellow for the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. During my long stay in the wilderness, I learned several field based techniques that includes radio telemetry, distance sampling, camera trap based capture-recapture sampling, and drone technology for species monitoring and conservation. However, I have completed my PhD in genetic, behavioral and spatial aspects of reintroduced tigers with a joint collaboration between Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and University of Calcutta (2017). I am a National Post-Doctoral fellow at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India. At present I have joined Luigi Maiorano’s lab as a visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow at Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie “Charles Darwin” in Università di Roma “La Sapienza”.
My current research is mainly focused on large carnivore ecology, behavior and genetics in central Indian and North-East Indian landscape. Academically, my broad level research interest includes spatial ecology, spatial statistics, landscape ecology, landscape genetics and conservation biology.