Atul is interested in working towards sustainable management and the conservation of forest and grassy/open ecosystems. His research interests lie in forest resource governance and management, community and ecosystems ecology, plant invasion biology and restoration ecology. He is currently examining the role of biotic (grazing, plant resource harvest) and abiotic (fire, climate, soil) factors in the sustainable management and conservation of Community Forest Resource (CFR) areas in central India. He is also investigating the role of forest resource governance and policies in the sustainable management and conservation of terrestrial ecosystems in central India and the northern Western Ghats. Atul’s research, spanning different spatio-temporal scales, adopts interdisciplinary approaches and tends to incorporate in-situ experimental methods. He is equally interested in disseminating scientific information, especially in the vernacular, to bring about better environmental awareness, which, he believes, should go hand in hand with research.