I am an evolutionary ecologist who discovered birds as an undergrad after growing up a nature-oblivious urban kid near Bombay, went chasing after vanishing wildernesses in the Himalaya and Western Ghats as a graduate student, and returned to study cities grown up as a reconciliation ecologist. I study ecological and evolutionary processes in more or less human dominated ecosystems with the goal of applying our understanding of these processes towards reconciling biodiversity conservation with human development. I try to make science part of our culture through the Central Valley Café Scientique, which I founded in 2007. I also host an affiliated radio show, “Science: A Candle In The Dark” which airs on KFCF 88.1FM on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 3:30PM (Pacific Time), and is also available as a podcast. I am an Associate Professor of Vertebrate Ecology in the Department of Biology at California State University, Fresno.