N Deepthi


N. Deepthi holds an M.Sc. (Bangalore University, Bangalore) and an M.Phil. (Kuvempu University, Shimoga) both in Environmental Science. For her M.Phil dissertation she worked on Phytoremediation of heavy metals using leafy vegetables. She also has a PG Diploma in Natural Resources from Annamalai University, Chidambaram.

Prior to joining ATREE, she worked as a lecturer teaching environmental studies to undergraduate students. Along with this she also volunteered for a NGO working on elephants and conservation education. She was a part of the team that tested the chilli-tobacco barriers used to prevent elephants from raiding farmlands, and through conservation education programmes she taught children the importance of biodiversity through nature walks and games. She also participated in People’s Biodiverstiy Register (Pilot Project) conducted by BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike).

She joined ATREE in 2010 and worked on developing a field guide on dryland trees. She was also involved in conservation education and citizen science programmes of Kanakapura Community-based Conservation Centre.

Research Interest

Her interests are varied from social to ecological. She is interested in urbanization factors that influence rural to urban transition, documenting trees, birds and their ecological services in human dominated landscapes, and conservation education focusing on hands on activities.

Current Study

She is currently studying the impact of urbanization on agriculture, livelihoods and environment (w.r.t water) in peri urban landscapes along two streams near Bangalore. Her work mainly focuses on water quality assessment and the linkages with agriculture and livelihoods.

Project working on

She is currently working on the project titled ‘Rural-urban conundrum: political economy of social and environmental transformation in agrarian landscapes’ (2011-2016) undertaken by the Land, Water and Livelihoods programme of the Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE and funded by Tata Social Welfare Trust (TSWT).


A. Kavitha, N. Deepthi, R. Ganesan, S. C. Gladwin Joseph, 2012, Common dryland trees of Karnataka – Bilingual field guide, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore.