My name is Gaurav Kandlikar, and I am a young scientist interested in the working of tropical forests. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior and Plant Biology from the University of Minnesota. I anticipate this blog to be a collection of all sorts of ecology-related things appropriate for non-ecologist readers. Whenever I travel, I will document my experiences here.
My research interests focus on understanding the nature of plant diversity in tropical forests. I am interested in how diversity is generated (eg. what drives speciation?), how it is maintained (i.e. how are thousands of species able to coexist in a forest), and how the diversity impacts higher level processes (eg. how does a forest change over time?)
I hope to use molecular and field based approaches to answer these questions. I plan to enroll in a Ph.D program in the Fall of 2014 to pursue these interests.
I am also interested in helping communicate science to non-academics. One of my goals in life is to write a children’s book about tropical forests. Outside of science, I enjoy reading , coffee, mountains, nature documentaries, and sucking at card games.
Please feel free to get in touch with me! I am at firstname.lastname@example.org.