BSc Zoology, Bharathiar University, 2008
MSc Primate Conservation, Oxford Brookes University, 2009
Profile: Martina studies primates, langurs to be precise. She moved to the Himalayas in 2012 with the sole monocular vision of setting up base camp to study the then little known Chamba Sacred Langur, Semnopithecus ajax. She has never stopped being in awe of the langurs. She went on to pursue a PhD on Himalayan Langur taxonomy (which she should ideally finish in a couple of months-yikes!). Her work is centered on cranial morphometrics and morphology of Himalayan Langurs so as to understand and address the many taxonomic questions around the species group.
At Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (which all of you should visit at least once cause it is gorgeous!) she works on instituting and coordinating research activities in the region (and all the other networking and fundraising that goes with any research endeavor). While she is not at it, she accompanies Ajay Giri, the Field Director on snake rescue missions where she gets to witness real action from a safe distance. Her role here at ARRS is evolving and she bets she will have more to tell in some weeks. Until then- hello all!!