Varun R. Goswami

Senior Scientist

Varun enjoys observing elephants, usually with camera in hand! He uses his science to devise conservation strategies for wildlife across large, complex landscapes. 

Elephants | Mammals | Ecology | Human–wildlife interface | Conservation

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Divya Vasudev

Senior Scientist

Divya works at the interface of behaviour and conservation, and is constantly looking for new and improved ways to seamlessly incorporate science into conservation.

Gibbons | Elephants | Behaviour | Connectivity | Landscapes

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Zorba Z. Laloo

Conservation Partner

Zorba can most often be found on a pack-raft in one of Meghalaya's many rivers! He engages with eco-tourism, and works with communities in Meghalaya towards conservation. 

Meghalaya | Community-based conservation | Tourism | Water 

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Anusha Ramji

Program Administrator

Anusha loves the outdoors and travelling to new places. She has always been interested in conservation. She oversees administration, finance and HR. 

Administration | Finance | Human Resources | Economics | Conservation

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Biang La Nam Syiem 

Research Affiliate

Biang is pursuing a PhD with Deakin University on bird communities in Meghalaya. He is interested in the ecology and sociology of conservation, especially in community forests. 

Meghalaya | Birds | Conservation | Ecology | Community forests

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Parvathi K. Prasad

Research Affilitate

Parvathi has loved wildlife since she was a young girl, a journey that has led her to her PhD studying elephant behaviour in heterogeneous conservation landscapes. 

Elephants | Human–wildlife interactions | Behaviour | Conservation

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Bhavendu Joshi

Research Affiliate

Fascinated with the natural world, Bhavendu is interested in human–nature relationships. His PhD looks at how this information can be used for spatial conservation planning. 

Nagaland | Prioritisation | Community-based conservation | Herpetofauna

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Sikha Hariharan

Research Affiliate

Sikha enjoys spending hours observing the lion-tailed macaque, as part of her PhD on the movement behaviour of this species and their response to changing landscapes. 

Primates | Lion-tailed macaque | Behaviour | Western Ghats

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Binod Gogoi

Conservation Affilitate

Hailing from a village near Kaziranga, Binod has always loved wildlife, and has worked on conservation projects in Assam and Nagaland. Binod is also an excellent craftsman!

Kaziranga | Elephants | Conservation | Human–wildlife interactions

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Prity Hait

Research Affiliate

Prity is interested in studying animal behaviour in heterogeneous landscapes. From Guwahati, she wants to contribute towards conservation science in the region. 

Behaviour | Landscapes | Conservation | Human–elephant interactions

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Pragyan Sharma

Outreach Affiliate

With a Master's in Environmental Science, Pragyan is a self-taught artist and is pursuing a career in wildlife film-making. He works on behind-the-scenes documentation of our projects.

Film-making | Elephants | Conservation | Human–wildlife interactions | Snakes

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Nishanth S

Research Affiliate

Nishanth is interested in human–elephant interactions and landscape ecology. Nishanth can often be found doodling in his sketchbook, doing graphic design, or writing!  

Landscapes | Connectivity conservation | Elephants | Human–wildlife interactions

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Tsuseki Yimchunger

Conservation Affilitate

Tsuseki works on community-based conservation, and has founded a local eco-club in his village to raise interest in conservation. He is also trained in wildlife video documentation. 

Nagaland | Livelihoods | Film-making | Community-based conservation

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Rokohebi Kuotsu

Conservation Affiliate

Roko works with communities in forested landscapes of Nagaland. From a forested village himself, he has deep affinity and insights into community-based conservation.  

Nagaland | Wildlife | Livelihoods | Community-based conservation

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Anju Bawri

Conservation Affiliate

The first female conservationist from the tea community of the Kaziranga landscape, Anju works with local stakeholders to foster positive human–wildlife interactions. 

Kaziranga | Elephants | Tea estates | Human–wildlife interactions

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Uthaiah

Research Affiliate

Born in Coorg, Uthaiah has always been fascinated by forests and wildlife. He is interested in getting a field-based understanding of human–elephant interactions. 

Western Ghats | Elephants | Behaviour | Human–wildlife interactions

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Aishanya Sarma

Research Affilitate

Aishanya is interested in social behaviour and communication in animals such as bats. He has worked on large-scale surveys of mammals across Nagaland and Assam. 

Behaviour | Bats | Elephants | Conservation | Communication

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Simon Sona

Conservation Affiliate

From a tea estate near Kaziranga, Simon is now part of an effort to increase awareness and conservation support within his community. He also loves watching gibbons. 

Kaziranga | Tea estates | Gibbons | Human–elephant interactions

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Jayanta Gogoi

Conservation Affiliate

Jayanta's interest in wildlife began as a safari driver in Kaziranga. Since then, he has worked on research and conservation of wildlife in his home landscape and Nagaland. 

Kaziranga | Conservation | Nagaland | Human–wildlife interactions

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Ezra Rynjah

Research Affiliate

Fascinated by the natural world and people's relationship with it, Ezra is interested in forestry, and in working with people of Northeast India to grow forests for wildlife. 

Meghalaya | Tropical forestry | Conservation | Sustainability

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Yogita Karpate

Research Affiliate

An engineer by training, Yogita works on elephant research in Assam, enjoying the mix of field and non-field work. She is a determined traveller and practicer of Hatha Yoga.  

Conservation | Community ecology | Social surveys | Programming  

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Pallab Gogoi

Conservation Affiliate

Pallab has always actively engaged with Kaziranga, especially in taking tourists to the park for safaris. He works on multiple conservation projects in Northeast India. 

Kaziranga | Elephants | Conservation | Human–wildlife interactions

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Aditya Banerjee

Research Affilitate

Aditya is interested in freshwater ecology, as well as population and behavioural ecology of mammals. Currently, he is assessing the distribution of otters in Meghalaya. 

Otters | Freshwater ecology | Conservation | Behaviour

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