Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Sahas Barve


My research at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum explores how birds survive extreme climates, especially cold weather at high-elevations. 

Department / Division

Ph.D: Cornell University (2017); M.Sc: Wildlife Institute of India (2009); B.Sc: Mumbai University (2007)



American Ornithological Society, American Society of Naturalists, Ecological Society of America, Association of Avian Biologists in India


Research Interests

Avian ecophysiology, behavioral ecology, biogeography, and evolutionary ecology


Barve S., Hagemeyer N.D.G., Winter R. E., Chamberlain S.D., Koenig W. D., Winkler D. W., Walters E L. (2020) Wandering woodpeckers: foray behavior in a social bird. Ecology 101: e02943

Barve S., Koenig W., Haydock J., Walters E. (2019). Habitat saturation results in joint-nesting female coalitions in a social bird. American Naturalist 193: 830-840.

Ishtiaq F., Barve S. (2018). Do avian blood parasites influence hypoxia physiology in Himalayan birds? BMC Ecology 18:15.

Barve S., Dhondt A.A. (2017). Elevational replacement of two Himalayan titmice: interspecific competition or habitat preference? Journal of Avian Biology 48: 1189-1194.

Barve S., Dhondt A., Mathur V.B., Ishtiaq F., Cheviron Z. (2016). Life-history characteristics influence physiological strategies to cope with hypoxia in Himalayan birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283: 20162201.