Malvika Onial Research Associate
Research interests
Malvika Onial's research focusses on understanding impacts on biodiversity due to human activities. She is particularly interested in examining how birds respond to changes in their environment caused by anthropogenic factors like agricultural intensification and land use change. She also has a vast experience in environment impact assessment and policy issues. Malvika has been associated with NSI since 2012 in an honorary capacity.

Academic background
  • Ph.D. in Conservation Biology 2011, University of Cambridge: Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology.
  • M.Sc. Environmental Assessment and Evaluation 2003, London School of Economics and Political Science: Department of Geography and the Environment.
  • M.Sc. Environmental Biology 2000, University of Delhi: Department of Environmental Biology.
  • B.Sc. (Honours) Zoology 1998, University of Delhi

Activities at NSI
At NSI, Malvika Onial brings in her experience in working with birds in modified landscapes and has contributed to:

  • Assessment of bird and butterfly diversity in urban areas of New Delhi
  • Monitoring birds in urban areas of Dehradun
  • Training rural youth in bird identification to promote eco-tourism in collaboration with Uttarakhand Forest Department
  • Developing protocols, research programs and proposals to monitor birds in changing landscapes
  • Malvika Onial is a consultant with the Wildlife Institute of India, where she is working on the National Biodiversity Action Plan and India's commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
  • Malvika Onial researched the responses of birds, trees and butterflies to agricultural intensification and habitat loss in the Terai landscape in north India.
  • Malvika was awarded a scholarship by the Tim Whitmore Fund and S.T. Lee Endowment for Conservation in 2011 and won the Dorothy Hodgkin Scholarship during 2005-2008.


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