Monica Kaushik

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Bird-Habitat Associations
  • Avian Community Ecology
  • Biological Invasions
  • Urban Ecology
  • Ecology of Diurnal Raptors
  • Seed Dispersal Mutualism
  • Disturbance Ecology


Monica is an ecologist and conservation biologist studying birds, their habitats and how they fare in a world dominated by humans. Scientifically speaking, she researches the impact of anthropogenic disturbances on the forest ecosystem and bird communities.

She is interested in understanding the effects of invasive species on native communities and mutualistic interactions. She studied the effect of invasive plant species Lantana camara on the native seed-dispersal mutualism in Western Ghats. 

As part of her Fulbright fellowship, she compared the effectiveness of exotic and native avian frugivore on the native seed dispersal mutualism in Alakai Forest of Kauai, Hawaii. Currently, with the help of a few students, she is also investigating the patterns of urban biodiversity and their socio-ecological correlates in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, a city in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas.

Monica has received a doctoral degree in Wildlife Science from the Wildlife Institute of India (Saurashtra University, Gujarat). Her doctoral research focused on quantifying the small-scale extractive disturbances (forest biomass extraction) and their role in shaping the plant and bird communities in the forest in the Himalayan foothills.

She has completed her master’s degree in Environmental Biology and bachelor’s degree in Botany (honours) from the University of Delhi.

Before joining Azim Premji University, she taught for three years (2019 – 2022) at the School of Human Ecology, Dr B R Ambedkar University, Delhi. She taught Conservation Biology, Applied Population Ecology, and Ecological Statistics to the MA students. 

At work and at leisure, she likes to watch and listen to birds and talk about them.


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