Vaishnavee Kulkarni

Vaishnavee has a Masters degree in Biodiversity from Abasaheb Garware College, Pune University. She did her dissertation project on Ghost Crabs, and her research and study interests include coastal and marine faunal ecology and conservation. She works as a project assistant with WRCS on the forest owlet project. She also enjoys travelling, and nature and candid photography.

Rakesh Kalva

Rakesh is an alumnus of the Masters course in Wildlife Biology and Conservation conducted by WCS-India, NCBS, and TIFR. For his master’s dissertation, he looked at how large herbivore populations change with various conservation and ecological factors in Kawal Tiger Reserve, India. His immediate priority is the conservation of the Eastern Ghats landscape by combining applied research and a flagship species approach. He is presently working with WRCS in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, with a particular focus on elephants. Other than the Eastern Ghats, he has a fascination for the Honey Badger (Mellivora capensis) and hopes to study and understand various aspects of the species’ ecology. Apart for this he works with local animal welfare NGOs and helps in rescues and fostering of animals.

Noopur Borawake

Noopur is a Program Officer for Outreach and Extension. She trains women in WRCS project sites in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka to create livelihood opportunities for them. She has a Masters degree in Biodiversity from Abasaheb Garware College, Pune University. For her M.Sc dissertation, she studied the impact of tourism on the herbaceous vegetation of rock outcrops of Lonavala and the spread of invasive species. She is interested in plant and recreation ecology and conservation issues. Noopur enjoys travelling, swimming, reading, and drawing.

Arundhati Mohanty

Arundhati is an alumna of St. Xavier's College, Mumbai where she did her Masters in Life Sciences. For her MS dissertation, she looked into effects of toxin on an animal model system which is when she developed an interest in the field of wildlife biology and conservation science. Further on, she has worked at the Wildlife Institute of India on the development of a conservation plan for flamingo's which further helped fuel her desire and passion to work in the field of conservation science. She is currently working in Melghat, Maharashtra on the ecology of forest owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti) and hopes to understand its habitat use and in the long-run to create guidelines that would help in the management of the critically endangered species.

Swaroop Patankar

Swaroop has a Master’s degree in Environment Science and Technology from Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune. She is currently working as a field researcher in the private forest conservation project in the Dodamarg region of Maharashtra. She is keenly interested in studying conservation ecology, in both forest and urban landscapes. Prior to joining WRCS, she worked as a researcher with Wildlife Trust of India and Bombay Environmental Action Group. She enjoys experiencing the diversity of forests in India, as well as reading and singing.