Manvi Sharma studies the diversity in predator and prey traits and how biological communities are assembled. She examines these issues using approaches from behavioural, population, and community ecology. Her research on the charismatic snow leopard, mesocarnivores, and wild ungulates in the Trans-Himalaya aims to examine the processes for predator-prey community structuring. Her research also focuses on understanding the evolution of anti-predation responses in the dragonfly-tadpole-mosquito system and how the nature of these responses might get altered in a rapidly changing world.
Manvi is deeply interested in the Himalayan landscapes, the human-nature relationships in these fragile mountain ecosystems and the part that snow leopard plays in these relationships. She is interested in using interdisciplinary approaches to understand and manage carnivore and human relationships in the Indian Himalaya. She has worked with the Snow Leopard Trust, Nature Conservation Foundation, ATREE, and government departments and local communities in the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, on assessments of snow leopard populations and work towards their conservation.
She received her PhD from the Centre for Ecological Sciences, at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She is expressly committed towards diversity, and inclusion, and to creating healthy research spaces for students from historically marginalised groups in India.