Swarnika Sharma

External Consultant | swarnikas at iihs dot ac dot in


2017    MSc, Ecology and Environment Studies, Nalanda University, Bihar

2015    BSc, Environmental Science and Psychology, DSVV, Haridwar


Countries: India
States: Uttarakhand, Bihar, Karnataka
Cities: Haridwar, Rajgir, Bengaluru
Languages: English, Hindi

Swarnika Sharma is an environmental researcher with varied interest areas, including urban ecology, animal-human interactions and dog cognition.  She completed Research Assistantship on a NATCOM project on Wildlife-Human Conflict and Climate Change at Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. She has also written popular science columns for The Weather Channel (weather.com).


Swarnika is currently volunteering actively with the Charlie’s Animal Rescue Centre, Bengaluru. She interned with the Pyro Technologies, Bengaluru during her Masters.


At IIHS, Swarnika is interning with the Practice team.

Journal Article

Singh, C., Patil, S., Poonacha, P., Koduganti, M., & Sharma, S. (2021). When the “field” moves online: Reflections on virtual data collection during COVID-19. Ecology, Economy and Society–the INSEE Journal, 4(2), 149-157. https://doi.org/10.37773/ees.v4i2.414


Other Writing

  • Sharma, S., & Koduganti, M. (2021, July 20). Urban farming – just a hobby or a new sustainable lifestyle choice?- Insights from Bengaluru and Pune. People’s Resource Centre.  https://prcindia.in/publications/beejpatra/beejpatra-leaflet-3/
  • Sharma, S. (2021, June 05). Hidden gardens of Bengaluru: Reimagining resilience through urban agriculture. Weather.com. https://weather.com/en-IN/india/environment/news/2021-06-04-gardens-of-bengaluru-urban-agriculture-world-environment-day
  • Sharma, S. (2019, May 11). World migratory bird day: Time to protect their right to flight. Weather.Com.
  • Sharma, S. (2019, April 18). Feeding wildlife or feeding conflict: How human subsidy affects urban wildlife. Weather.Com.
  • Sharma, S. (2019, April 22). Earth day: Can genetic technology help resurrect extinct species?. Weather.Com.
  • Sharma, S. (2019, March 02). We made some noise, and then they went silent. Weather.Com.
  • Sharma, S. (2018, November 06). Kukur Tihar: Time to celebrate the remarkable human-canine evolutionary bond. Weather.Com.
  • Pinto, D. N., & Sharma, S. (2016, July). The Bhopal waste story. Paper presented at The National Symposium on Electrochemical Science and Technology (NSEST)-2016. IISc, Bengaluru.
  • Pinto, D. N., & Sharma, S. (2016, July). Ocean acidification: Evil twin of global warming. Paper presented at The National Symposium on Electrochemical Science and Technology (NSEST)-2016. IISc, Bengaluru.