Staff Profile

Biography

Rutuja joined SERC as a post-doctoral fellow in November, 2016, soon after receiving PhD from the Indian Institue of Science, Bangalore. She has been associated with Smithsonian's ForestGEO network since her PhD work in the Mudumalai National Park, India that hosts a ForestGEO plot.  She works on new ways of modeling plant functional rooting depths and responses to droughts by combining hydrology and demography. This work leverages long-term forest dynamics data from the ForestGEO observatories, and beyond.