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Meghna Agarwala

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Ashoka University

Ph.D. Columbia University

Meghna Agarwala is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. She received her PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology from Columbia University, and an MS from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She also studied Environmental Sciences at JNU, New Delhi.

Prior to joining Ashoka University, she was a post-doctoral research scientist at Earth Institute, Columbia University and Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia.

The focus of her work is ecology, conservation biology, and remote sensing. See CV for more details.

  1. Introduction to GIS (every year)
  2. Introduction to Remote Sensing (every 2 years)
  3. Seminar Human-Wildlife Conflict (every 2 years)
  4. Theoretical Ecology (every 3 years)

I am accepting Ph.D. students through the Biology Ph.D. program at Ashoka University.

For students interested in internships in my lab, please submit applications at meghna.agarwala@ashoka.edu.in. Applications must include a CV and a writing sample. For students who have never taken a class with me, application must include the names of two recommenders.

For Ashoka students, preference for field internships will be given to those who have taken the “Field Methods in Wildlife Conservation” class. For GIS-based projects, preference will be given to students who have taken “Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing” class. For all positions, preference will be given to students who have taken one of my classes as I can personally assess them.

For students who are not from Ashoka University, you will be sent to the field after I can assess your research ability through a literature review or lab work in the first month.

Overall, you can apply for an internship in an existing project (determinants of crop residue burning, human-wildlife conflict, forest dynamics in central India). Or, if you have a really cool idea, I am happy to consider that too.

Agarwala, M., and Chandel, A. 2020. Temporal role of crop residue burning in Delhi’s Air Pollution. Environmental Research Letters 15 114020. https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abb854

DeFries, R., Agarwala, M., Baquie, S., Choksi, P., Dogra, N., Preetha, G.S., Khanwilkar, S., Mondal, P., Nagendra, H., Urpelainen, J. 2020. Post-lockdown spread of COVID-19 from cities to vulnerable forest-fringe villages in Central India. Current Science 119, 52-58.

Krishnadas, M.*, Agarwala, M*, Sridhara, S., Eastwood, E. 2018. Parks protect forest cover in a tropical biodiversity hotspot, but high human population densities can limit success. Biological Conservation 223: 147-155. *Equal contribution. 

Agarwala, M., Ghoshal, S., Verchot, L., Martius, C., Ahuja, R., DeFries, R., 2017. Impact of biogas interventions on forest biomass and regeneration in southern India. Global Ecology and Conservation 11, 213-223. https://www.cifor.org/knowledge/publication/6564/

Agarwala, M., Ginsberg, J. R., 2017. Untangling impact of de jure and de facto community-based management of natural resources. Conservation Biology 31, 1232-1246.

Agarwala, M., DeFries, R., Qureshi, Q., Jhala, Y.V., 2016. Factors associated with long-term species composition in dry tropical forests of Central India. Environmental Research Letters 11, 1-19.

Agarwala, M., DeFries, R., Qureshi, Q., Jhala, Y. V., 2016. Changes in the dry tropical forests in Central India with human use. Regional Environmental Change 16, 5-15.

Velho, N., Agarwala, M., Srinivasan, U., Laurance, W. H., 2014. Collateral damage: Impacts of ethno-civil strife on biodiversity and natural resource use near Indian nature reserves. Biodiversity and Conservation 23, 2515-2527.

Agarwala, M., Kumar, S., Treves, A., Naughton-Treves, L., 2010. Paying for wolves in Solapur, India and Wisconsin, USA: Comparing compensation rules and practice to understand the goals and politics of wolf conservation. Biological Conservation 143, 2945-2955.

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