Shyamal is an independent researcher with a broad training in biology, statistics and numerical computing. His work has been at the intersection of computation and biology. He has been interested in the outdoors, natural history of India, and the history of science. He is a practitioner of open science and is one of the most prolific Wikipedia editors on topics related to Indian natural history.

He also contributes free-licensed images to Wikimedia Commons where he also produces illustrations using Inkscape that are free for reuse. He blogs at