Ph.D. student,Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies / New York Botanical Garden
Hari completed a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the Kerala Agricultural University (India) and a Masters in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He has worked with wildlife conservation organizations (NGOs) in the US and India, where he mostly worked with field teams in managing wildlife projects that focused on forest corridors, big mammals (tiger, elephant, apes, etc), and wildlife rescue/rehabilitation. Hari’s research interests are related to understanding the resilience of tropical forests to human disturbances. He is interesting in studying dynamics of plant communities, succession and biodiversity in regenerating forests, including processes such as seed dispersal, germination, seedling establishment and survival. He is keenly interested in exploring how such information might lead to devising better restoration methodologies and practices in tropical forests. He comes from the Western Ghats region, a biodiversity hotspot with its remaining forests facing numerous pressures from a huge and ambitious human population, and his motivation is to develop better understanding of disturbed and degraded forests in order to improve recovery and regeneration in this region.