Dr. Devica Ranade
I am a Behavioural Ecologist, that is, I am trained in studying the behaviour of animals in an ecological and evolutionary context. Growing up, I had innumerable questions about the world around me -- Why do birds sing? Why do peacocks have such long tails? How does a flower attract butterflies? Everything around me used to make me curious. At the age of 16, I decided that I want to understand why animals do what they do, and that I want to do this for the rest of my life! :)
With this passion for understanding the natural world around us, I did my BSc in Zoology from Garware College, Pune. I then went on to do an MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology from the University of Exeter (England). My bachelors and masters gave me an opportunity of working on the behaviour of different animals including spiders, chinkaras, tadpoles and even giraffes in South Africa. Following my MSc, I spent a year at the Kalahari Meerkat Project, again in South Africa, a project primarily run by a group at the University of Cambridge. In 2020, I defended my PhD thesis from CES, IISc (Bangalore, India). For my PhD, I worked on the behaviour of females of these beautiful lizards called Peninsular Rock Agamas!
In 2020, I started EcoRE, with the aim of making ecology research in India more approachable and to share my passion of studying ecology with you all. Currently, I am also working with part-time with Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) and managing the 'Collaboration and Capacity Building' program, a part of the 'Education and Public Engagement' team.
When I am not working, I am busy attending to my almost 3 year old son, or catching up on a light episode of Friends! :)