Aavika Dhanda

Research Interests

My DPhil is about assessing the extent to which forest bird species of eastern Indian Himalaya are affected by climate and land-use changes synergistically for which I am using a combination of approaches such as field data collection, climate and land change modeling. I am interested in habitat ecology and understanding how birds respond to human-induced alterations such as deforestation, forest diversion, climate change and uncontrolled resource harvesting.

My research is based in Dibang valley of Arunchal Pradhesh in Northeast India which falls in a global biodiversity hotspot and is inhabited by several indigenous tribes. I will be also studying the intensity of wild bird hunting and demand in the tribal villages through questionnaires and informal discussions.