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Wetland Ecology

SACON has been contributing significantly to the research, documentation and conservation of wetlands across the country. It has played a leaders’ role in aspects of policy making and added to the knowledge of Indian wetlands. The WE division pursues to carry on with the good work and further it by laying importance on research and training.

The emphasis in research will be to study the ecological aspects of the wetlands and its utility to the flora and fauna including the bird species. Although the species and habitat specific research will have a prominence, integrating sustainability of individual wetlands is of equal concern. This would be addressed by understanding the significance of a wetland in terms of the ecosystem benefit it provides to man. The result would be utilised to design models for the benefit of the policy makers.

The WE division also aims at creating training and awareness modules for capacity building of various stake holders that include the students, teachers, researchers, common man to policy makers.

Scientist

  Dr. Goldin Quadros, Principal Scientist

  Dr. Mahendiran Mylswamy, Scientist

    Dr. Santanu Gupta INSPIRE Fellow; INSPIRE Faculty (DST, MoST, GoI)

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    Mr. T. Siva,  Project Fellow,

INTERESTS:

I am interested to work on birds. I have the experience to identify birds in their natural environs and their nesting/roosting sites as well. My interest lies mostly in field based study is used to understand the natural phenomenon of birds. I am presently pursuing my PhD Research work on “Utilization of Indian Eagle owl (Bubo bengalensis) for the Management of Rodent and Insect Pests in crop fields Tiruchirappalli District, Tamil Nadu, India”from Bhartidhasan University under Dr P. Neelanarayanan.

Owls are an important part of our ecosystem and I would like to continue my research work on “Management of Rodent and Insect pests using their natural enemies i.e., Owls” after my PhD programme. I wish to work on other species of owls and their role in managing the pests of both agricultural and medical importance. In future, I would like to develop conservation strategies and technologies for owls and use them as bio-control agents.

At SACON, I am currently working as Project Fellow on the project titled“Criteria for wetland prioritization and frame work for wetland monitoring in the state of Tamil Nadu”

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      Mr. S. Arulraj,  Junior Research Biologist

I did my B.Sc. in Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, during 2009-12 and M.Sc. in Botany from Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu in 2012-14. My M.Phil. is in Classical and Molecular Taxonomy and Systematics from The Rapinat Herbarium and Centre for Molecular Systematics (RHT), BDU, Tiruchirappalli. I am writing my Ph.D thesis on RHT under the guidance of Rev. Fr. Dr. S. John Britto SJ.  I have now joined SACON in the Wetland Ecology Division, as an Junior Research Biologist (JRB) on the project titled “Criteria for wetland prioritization and framework for wetland monitoring in the state of Tamil Nadu”. I have carried out field based research work covering the theme biodiversity conservation in protected areas or biologically diverse regions of India.

My research interests includes Digital Plant Taxonomy, Herbarium Techniques and studying the Plant DNA bar coding.

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Dr. Aparajita Mukherjee                                                  Project Fellow,

Ecological exploration and Socioeconomic Valuation of Pitlakes in Eastern Coal Fields, India: Implications for conservation and sustainable use.

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Assessment of status, distribution and threats to the population of threatened Sarus Crane Antigone antigone in Gujarat, India

Miss Sreya Bhattacharya                                               Junior Research Biologist

Miss Apurva Patil                                                            Junior Research Biologist

Mr. Tejas Karmarkar                                                       Junior Research Biologist

Mr. Nikunj Jambu                                                            Junior Research Biologist

Assessment of status, distribution and threats to the population of threatened Sarus Crane Antigone antigone in Uttar Pradesh, India

Miss Astha Chaudhary                                                   Junior Research Biologist

Miss Madhumita R                                                          Junior Research Biologist

Mr Prakash  L                                                                  Junior Research Biologist

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Ongoing Project

  • Criteria for wetland prioritization and frame work for wetland monitoring in the state of Tamil Nadu
  • Assessment of status, distribution and threats to the population of threatened Sarus Crane (Antigone antigone) in Gujarat, India.
  • Assessment of status, distribution and threats to the population of threatened Sarus Crane (Antigone antigone) in Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • Ecological exploration and Socioeconomic Valuation of Pitlakes in Eastern Coal Fields, India: Implications for conservation and sustainable use.

Completed Projects

  1. DST Project “Assessment of the morphological diversity and the ecological patterns in the near threatened colonial water birds across Indian sub-continent using novel approach” Project Investigator – Dr. Mahendiran Mylsamy
  2. Mangrove Cell, GoI, UNDP, GEF Project “Assessing the status and distribution of avifauna within the coastal talukas of Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra” Co-Investigator – Dr. Goldin Quadros
  3. Mangrove Cell GoI, GIZ project – ” Conducting Baseline studies for Thane creek” Project Investigator – Dr. Goldin Quadros, Co- Investigators – Dr. P.A.Azeez; Dr. Mahendiran Mylswamy; Dr. Shirish Manchi and Dr. R.P.Athalye.
  4. Mangrove Cell GoI, GIZ project – “Ecotoxicology study from mollusc, crabs and fish from Thane creek” Project Investigator – Dr. Goldin Quadros, Co- Investigators – Dr. P.A.Azeez; Dr. Mahendiran Mylswamy; Dr. Shirish Manchi and Dr. R.P.Athalye.
  5. GIZ project – “Ecological status assessment for Palk Bay” Project Investigator – Dr. P.A.Azeez  Co- Investigators -Dr. Goldin Quadros ; Dr. Shirish Manchi; Dr. Mahendiran Mylswamy.
  6. Preparation of brief document for wetlands in the forest areas of Maharashtra

Report

  1. “A rapid survey of the Asian Openbill Storks (Anastomus oscitans) nesting at Danapur Cantonment, Bihar, North India” by Mahendiran Mylswamy. 2012.

ENVIS Publications

Posters Link: http://www.saconenvis.nic.in/posters.htm

  1. 2013 – “Threatened Birds of Coimbatore Wetlands”
  2. 2014 – “World Wetlands Day”
  3. – “Wetlands designated as Ramsar sites in India”
  4. – “SACON in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands”
  5. – Wild Life Week “Wet & Wild”

ENVIS Report

  1. Report of the World Wetlands Day – 2012. Link : http://www.saconenvis.nic.in/publication/Wetland%20day%202012%20report.pdf

Newsletters

  1. Sarovar Saurabh Volume 1 to 10. Link : http://www.saconenvis.nic.in/publication/ENVIS%20Bulletin%202014.pdf
  2. ENews Link: http://www.saconenvis.nic.in/e_bulletin_oct_2014.htm