Pratik Pawar

Science journalist in Bangalore, India

Selected Writing


How COVID-19 created a perfect storm for a deadly fungal infection in India

Science News, June 2021

Climate change may be leading to overcounts of endangered bonobos

Science News, July 2021

Can animals predict earthquakes? Study on an Italian farm hint at an answer

Discover, July 2020

Barn owlets share food with their younger siblings in exchange for grooming

The Washington Post, June 2020

Science Policy

Strict biodiversity laws prevent Indian scientists from sharing new microbes with the world

Science, October 2020


Netflix and Amazon Prime Video flout India's tobacco control regulations

The Wire, April 2020

Dissecting the craft of biographical non-fiction writing: An interview with Samanth Subramanian

The Open Notebook, October 2020


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Hi, I'm an independent science journalist based in Bangalore, India. My work has appeared in Connect Magazine, Discover, Science News, The Open Notebook, The Washington Post, The Wire, among other publications.

I was awarded the EurekAlert! Fellowship for International Science Reporters in early 2020. I have also been a recipient of the S. Ramaseshan Science Writing Fellowship awarded by the Indian Academy of Sciences.

I cover stories about ecology, genetics, and lately, infectious diseases. If you'd like to chat, please drop me an email.