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26 Oxford Street | Harvard University | Organismic and Evolutionary Biology |MCZL | Cambridge | MA 02138 | USA

                                                                     Email: narayanaraj@fas.harvard.edu

Dr. Narayanaraj has a wide range of research and teaching interests and experience in geospatial science, field biology, animal behavior and wildland fire ecology.  His experiences have taken him to institutions and organizations in both tropical and temperate countries.


His research interests currently focus on using geospatial techniques to map and model the spatial and temporal patterns of devil's gardens in the Amazon, created by ant plants inhabited by Myrmelachista schumanni.


He is also continuing his research on the lightning- and human-caused wildfire regimes at multiple scales using satellite remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems.


He was raised in India's Western Ghats, a tropical mountainous region in Southwest India.  Like his grandfather before him, his father was a forester at the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Wildlife Reserve.  Their family has thus been involved in forest management and conservation of the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Wildlife Reserve for more than five decades.


Narayana has a Ph.D. degree in Geospatial Science & Engineering from South Dakota State University, a Master of Geographical Information Science from the University of Minnesota, M.A. degree in Biological Sciences from Smith College, and a B.S. degree in Ecology and Natural Science from the University of Vermont.