Manjari Jain with an Indian grey hornbill (Ocyceros birostris) at IISER Mohali, where she runs a long-term bird monitoring programme. Credit: Nakul Raj

Have you ever been intrigued by a chorus of birds, frogs, and insect calls? Manjari Jain tells us how she reads this language.

When we speak of scientists, what comes to mind? Test tubes, petri dishes, boring white lab coats in a boring old lab? How about mountain tops or the depths of the ocean, astrophysics observatories or remote wildlife sanctuaries? In this series called “I am a scientist and this is where I work”, we introduce you to the lives of scientists who work in diverse and unique settings – far removed from the popular stereotypes. Over the next few episodes, we will shadow such scientists in their unconventional workplaces.

For this episode, we have behavioural ecologist Manjari Jain walking us through her unique workplaces — the open skies, under the soil and in muddy puddles, and inside dense forests — where she studies acoustic communication in animals.

Host: Subhra Priyadarshini, production and script: Aroma Warsi, sound editing: Prince George.