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ABOUT US: OOI WEBSITE TEAM

Shantanu Joshi: I am interested in ecology, taxonomy and biogeography of odonates. I completed by Bachelor's in Science from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai after which I worked at National Centre for Biological Sciences with Deepa Agashe's Adaptation Lab to study polymorphism in Agriocnemis pygmaea. I am currently pursuing Master's in WIldlife Biology, Conservation and Management from Bhavan's College, Mumbai. I am also associated with the Museum and Field Stations Facility at NCBS, Bengaluru, as a Curator of Order Odonata. e-mail: shantanu@ifoundbutterflies.org



  Prosenjit Dawn: 
I am a teacher (Asst. Professor, S.S.Mahavidyalaya: Howrah, West Bengal) by profession, an entomologist and taxonomist by training. My primary interest is in ecology, wildlife conservation, Evolution and animal behaviour. I am pursuing my PhD in Odonatology from University of Calcutta and my specialization is in larval taxonomy and ecology of Indian Odonates. I used to be a research   fellow in Zoological Survey of India and worked in different places of Central and Eastern Indian   landscapes. I am associated with DragonflyIndia for last 4 years and strongly promote citizen science as a tool for conservation. Presently I am working on            compilation of Larval taxonomic data of Indian Odonates and would love to collaborate in this context. You can email me to know more. 




 Dattaprasad Sawant: I am a Doctor by profession and graduated from Grant Govt Medical College & Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai. My hometown is Devgad, a small, beautiful town along the coastline of Sindhudurg District next to the Arabian Sea. I have observed butterflies and dragonflies since I was little but started taking an immense interest in them since 2013. I am self taught photographer, which paved my way into the world of odonate, that has now become more of a scientific study rather than just a mere observation. Currently I am working on documenting biodiversity of Lepidoptera & Odonates of Devgad and nearby area. Besides photography I love sketching, painting, cricket and konkani food. To see my photography or know more visit my facebook page or email me.

 Pankaj Koparde: I am an avid nature watcher and passionately in love with owls, dragonflies, mountains and streams. I chose basic sciences and moved to research in ecology and evolution after completing a masters degree in Biotechnology. Currently, for my doctoral research, I study bio-geography of owlets. Since 2010, I am independently working on odonates. My odonate research focuses on habitat ecology, sampling techniques, bio-geography, endemic species, and citizen science. We run DragonflyIndia - a citizen science fueled group. Visit my website or email me for more details.  



  Subramanian KA: I am an aquatic entomologist by training and  completed my Ph.D on hill stream insects of the Western Ghats in 2004 from Madurai Kamaraj University. Currently I am working as a scientist at Zoological Survey of India, Southern Regional Centre, Chennai. I am broadly interested in natural history and freshwater biodiversity conservation. My specialization is on taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of dragonflies, mayflies and aquatic bugs. 





  Ashish Tiple:
I am an entomologist by training and he received PhD in Butterflies Ecology from RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur in 2009. Presently, I am an Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Zoology, Vidyabharti College Seloo, Wardha (RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur). I am a member of IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) SSC (Species Survival Commission) South Asian Invertebrate Specialist Group, INTECOL (International Association for Ecology), SACO, SPTB, WildCER, CCINSA, RISCINSA. My specific research interests are behavioral ecology, population dynamics, biogeography and molecular ecology (DNA bar-coding) and insect tissue culture. I have carried out extensive work on Central Indian odonates, notably in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. I have also published more than 45 scientific papers.


Aaratrik Pal: I'm broadly interested in odonates, butterflies and wild plants from North West Bengal. I have completed  my Master's in Botany. To make odonates more interesting and appealing to the common people and pread awareness about them I'm working on a blog related to odonates in my regional language (Bengali).

  Veino Family (Rakoveine, Lightson, Joyce, Dahru): We are a family based in Dimapur, Nagaland, that enjoys all the wonderful creatures around us and in turn hope to raise awareness for their conservation. After studying many of the local Lepidoptera life cycles, we “discovered” the beauty of Aristocypha quadrimaculata and became fascinated with the world of odonates. We have been thrilled to document more than 60 species within steps of our home over the last few years and are always on the lookout for new habitats to explore. We have also helped rediscover and record range extensions for a few species and hope to keep doing so. 



  Jeevan Jose: I’m a naturalist; love to observe herbs and insects. I prefer to deposit whatever I document in public database like Biodiversity Atlas – India, iNaturalist, India Biodiversity Portal, and Wikimedia with a free license so that any can reuse them where ever they need. 








  Krushnamegh Kunte: I am a naturalist broadly interested in all aspects of the biological world, from species communities to genes. I received my PhD in Integrative Biology from the University of Texas at Austin, USA, in 2008. I was a   Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, USA, until 2011. In 2012, I joined the faculty at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru (=Bangalore), as a Ramanujan Fellow. My research lab at NCBS investigates the evolution and organization of biological diversity with a special focus on speciation and morphological diversification in butterflies. Indian butterflies have been my passion for most of my life, and I have studied them since 1991, extensively surveying populations in the Himalaya, NE India and the Western Ghats. Read more at my lab website or contact me by email if you want to learn more about my research and writing.

  Purnendu Roy: I am a UK resident, but as a child I regularly visited Kolkata and later on in my teenage years spent most summer holidays in Manipur, Nagaland and  Arunachal Pradesh. I have a passion for the eastern himalaya not just in butterflies, but also for the culture and landscape. Me and my partner run a small shop trading with social enterprises from around the world.

 

Cite this page along with its URL as:

Anonymous. 2019. About Us: Ooi Website Team . In Joshi, S., P. Dawn, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (eds.). Odonata of India, v. 1.46. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.

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