Dr. PU Antony

Dr Antony is fighting for the cause of conservation for the past 35 years as a professor, writer, campaigner and activist. He has launched a student forum called Green Army at Bangalore in 2001to introduce youth in campus to conservation and to foster a spirit of adventure in them. He has written a few books and published several forest related articles in reputed journals and dailies. Antony is the founder and director of Forest Watch.

H. S. Sathya Chandra Sagar

Sagar is a Master of Science graduate specializing in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, through Erasmus Mundus Fellowship. He did an international programme in four different universities: University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, Christian-AlbrechtsUniversitätzu Kiel (CAU), Germany, Universidad San-Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador, Université de Poitiers, France. His interest in conservation science is to conduct solution-oriented interdisciplinary research, which could bring about a change at a landscape level.

 

Pradeep Hegde

Pradeep is a Conservation and Natural history filmmaker and wildlife cameraman. He focuses on conservation issues and solution-based stories that bring about awareness and a positive change in people’s perspective towards nature and wildlife. He has a strong naturalist background and worked as a cameraman for “Wild Karnataka” first-ever blue-chip natural history film produced by Indian Filmmakers and narrated by David Attenborough. He also shoots for Blue Chip Natural History films produced and telecasted by several broadcasters such as “Into the Wild India” broadcasted on Animal Planet and “India’s Wild Edens” broadcasted on National Geographic.

Swapna Lawrence

Swapna after her graduation, joined CWS as a research assistant and worked on population estimation of large carnivores and their prey using camera trap, line transect and occupancy data. She also studied the social structure and reproductive strategies of Central Himalayan Langurs and the effects of NTFP collection on Lion-tailed Macaques across the Western Ghats. She is currently doing her Masters in Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON).

Arjun Menon

Arjun did large scale study of wild ungulates in Nagaland and North East India for conservation initiatives, where he formed a 10 year Perspective plan for the conservation of Wild Elephants for Arunachal Pradesh Forest department. He started working for conservation during his bachelors, he interned and volunteered with various NGO’s in diverse projects. He believes strongly in science based conservation and his interest lies in studying local communities and working with them towards conservation.

Ritobroto Chanda

Rito is doing his M.Sc. in Wildlife Conservation Action at Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research (BVIEER), Pune, India. Currently he is carrying out a project on the occupancy of understorey birds in the Shola Sky Islands of Western Ghats. He has been involved in multiple projects on wildlife monitoring, ecology and conservation of species in India in the past five years. His research interests broadly include species interactions in communities, landscape ecology, behavioural ecology, sexual selection and bioacoustics.

 

Priyanka Das

Priyanka hails from Kolkata and during her undergraduate studies, she volunteered for projects on human-leopard conflict, ant-bird interaction across elevation gradient and biogeography of wetland birds. Later, she took an year off to work on East Kolkata Wetland, Fishing Cat, human-wildlife interaction and marine biology. At present, she is pursuing her masters’ in Ornithology and Conservation Biology from Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore. Her primary interest lies in human wildlife interaction and finding sustainable solutions to rising conflict.

Arpitha Jayanth

Arpitha is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore. Her dissertation focuses on the impacts of invasive Lantana camara on native plant-frugivore interactions in the Nilgiris landscape of South India. She has previously volunteered on projects related to human-wildlife interactions, animal behaviour and animal density estimations. Her research interests lie in understanding animal behaviour and species interactions, and how these could be changing in a world constantly modified by humans. She aims to use research as a tool to understand and aid conservation efforts.

Karthik Thrikkadeeri

Karthik is currently doing his Masters in Ecology from University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. He interned for independent projects on the breeding ecology of the Yellow-wattled Lapwing in Agumbe, Karnataka, and on butterflies across land-use gradients in the Kumaon Himalayas. His broad range of interests include biodiversity patterns, community ecology, habitat specialization (and its drivers), tropical ecology, ethology, vegetation ecology, statistical analyses and conservation biology. He has a particular fondness towards birds, odonates, social insects like ants and termites, butterflies and frogs. He is inclined towards minimalism, essentialism and mindfulness

Kishore Raj

Kishore volunteered with organizations such as Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) on Tiger prey population estimation, Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) on Human-Snake conflict mitigation, Salem Nature & Wildlife trust and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Occupancy survey for mammals and Asian Nature conservation Programme (ANCF) on Human-Elephant conflict in various parts of Karnataka, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh. He has experience in studying biodiversity (specifically Aves, Lepidopterans, Odonates and Flora). Currently he is working as a researcher with Asian Nature foundation, CES-IISC.at Kodagu on Man-elephant interaction.

Rachit Singh

Rachit Singh is a moth enthusiast. He is a native of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. His research focus mainly revolves around studying the ecology and life cycles of moths but he is a passionate observer of all forms of wildlife. As a voluntary work, he is part of the Moths of India website (www.mothsofindia.org) working as a reviewer. Currently, he is pursuing M.Sc. in Ecology, evolution and systematics from Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany.

Thrishna Sudharsan

Thrishna’s interests in conservation, human- wildlife interaction and ecology arose during her undergrad days and it was while she was studying crickets, leopards and butterflies that she felt a sense of belonging and felt the urge to interact with the public to understand and learn from them as well. After working with NCF on the Season Watch project to better understand the changing climate and the phenology of trees in India, she is currently working on Dolphin population in the Lakshadweep islands.

Rubina Rajan

Rubina is currently pursuing her masters in Wildlife Science at Amity University, Noida.
She worked with WCS on human leopard conflict in Himachal Pradesh. She also studied Nicobar long tailed macaques in Great Nicobar island and did the Black kite project with WII in New Delhi. She had attended and presented in prestigious conferences like Yeti ,SCCS, RC21 and the conservation ninja workshop in Pune. Her major areas of interest include urban ecology, human animal interactions and behavior.

Agnishikhe M A

Agni interned with WCS for Tiger monitoring project at Amrabad and Dhole project at Wayanad to study their population ecology. She also interned with Dhakshin Foundation for Sea snake project at Malavan. She also worked for the database on flora of peninsular India. Currently, she is working on ‘Land Usage by Birds in human dominated landscape’. Her major interests lie in autecology, human wildlife interaction and behavioural ecology.

SWATHI H A

Swathi is an avid butterfly enthusiast with her research interestsmajorly focusing on its population ecology, EvoDevo and Genetics. She has previously worked with WCS studying the meta-population dynamics of tigers in Karnataka and spatial ecology and conservation of mahseer with Neethi Mahesh. She is currently working on Biology and Genetics of Papiliopolytes and also actively reviews on the Butterflies of India website (www.ifoundbutterflies.org) at NCBS. She is currently pursuing Masters in Genetics at the University of Mysore.

SPOORTHI. L

Spoorthi has a special interest in herpetofauna especially snakes . She is currently implementing her ambitious project ‘Haavu Mattu Naavu’ (Living With Snakes) which aims at mitigating Human-Snake conflict and Snakebite issue in India.

Bryan Miranda

Bryan has worked on a project on breeding ecology of yellow wattled lapwings at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS). He has also worked with Dakshin Foundation on a project on sea snakes in Malvan, Maharashtra He then studied the nesting behaviour of Olive Ridley sea turtles along the coast of Gujarat. Currently he is working on a project on dolphins and whales in Lakshadweep.

Anshita Das

Anshita studied butterflies at National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) under the guidance of Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte. She also studied communication and mating behavior of a tree cricket species (Oecathus henryi) at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She volunteered with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) at Amrabad Tiger Reserve, Telangana for ‘Tiger and its Prey Monitoring’ and also in the “Dhole Project” monitoring and estimating the populations of the endangered dhole (Cuon alpinus) in Wayanad.

Siddhi Jaishankar

Growing up in various states across the country with an extremely adventurous family, Siddhi has had the opportunity to explore countless places. She took part in the Great Himalayan Bird Count. She volunteered frequently with “Friends of Snakes Society”, a Hyderabad based organization. In the past two years, she has been exposed to the biodiversity and conservation issues of various places like Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Malvan in Maharashtra through internships organized by “The Nagaland Zoo”, Zoological Survey of India, Dakshin Foundation etc.

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