Meghna has an MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the National Center for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and a MBBS (medical degree) from Bangalore Medical College, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Her main interests lie in understanding forest ecology, especially the changing dynamics of ecological processes due to anthropogenic disturbances. For her dissertation research, she is studying how forest fragmentation, specifically edge effects, alters seedling recruitment. Specifically, she is examining how species functional traits, such as seed size, govern species’ responses to light availability, pathogen attack, and their interaction. Her study site is located in a fragmented forest landscape in the Western Ghats region of southern India, a biodiversity hotspot.