Outreach and Communications

Aditi Rajan
Head Communications

Aditi completed her Masters in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology. For her thesis then, she studied the habitat and food preferences of the Greater Bamboo Lemur in Madagascar. Recognizing her interest in communicating science early-on, during her Bachelors she was responsible for creating effective communication content for a project on aquatic insect ecology in Agumbe.  She has had a long-standing interest in making this field accessible and bridging the gap between people and science. She is currently exploring ways for creating effective education and outreach programs towards the goal to be more proactive, provocative, and purposeful in increasing environmental literacy. Along with a passion for the mountains, she loves maps, infographics, learning (anything!), and harbors a mild caffeine addiction.


Anukriti Shaw

Anukriti is a science communicator specializing in Wildlife Conservation, holding a Master’s degree in Wildlife Conservation Action from Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment and Research (BVIEER). With a solid academic foundation, she excels in effective communication through creative mediums such as writing and design. Anukriti possesses a diverse skill set encompassing research, social media management, writing, and design. Currently serving as the Social Media Coordinator in the Communications Team at WCS-India, Anukriti is responsible for leading WCS-India’s social media presence, ensuring coherence in messaging, and delivering engaging content across various platforms. 


Jessica Luis

Jessica Luis is a Design Assistant with the Counter Wildlife Trafficking program. She obtained her Masters degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from Pondicherry University in 2016. She also has a diploma in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai. Her work so far has focused on Smooth-coated Otter ecology and interaction with fisheries in Goa, Indian Skimmer breeding ecology along the Chambal, citizen science initiatives to document urban tree biodiversity and intertidal ecology, wildlife illustration and science communication.


Manish Machaiah

Manish is the Outreach Officer in the Media and Outreach team. He handles all the technical aspects of Outreach and Communication.


Phalguni Ranjan

Phalguni is a science and conservation communicator with a background in marine biology. She aims to simplify science to make it more relatable for people through creative means - using writing, visual storytelling, and art as tools for awareness and outreach. She has previously worked on research projects in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep, and as a communicator (community-based conservation, outreach, grants) in the wildscapes of Karnataka, India. When not working, she enjoys writing, and creating art that is inspired by and centred around nature and wildlife.  

Phalguni joined the WCS-India Marine Program as a Project Associate in November 2021. She is part of the efforts to create a comprehensive virtual repository of India's rich and diverse marine life, and related resources. 


Radha Pennathur

Radha Pennathur is a designer who specialises in visual storytelling and illustration. She has a keen interest in exploring the intersection between art and science, and in finding new ways to make conversations around conservation more accessible and engaging.

As a designer at WCS, she breaks down complex procedure involved in wildlife law as part of the Counter Wildlife Trafficking team’s legal training programme. She also works with the Outreach team to create informative content to generate interest and spread awareness about India’s biodiversity among the general public.

Radha graduated from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in 2019, with a degree in Visual Communication and Strategic Branding, and a minor in Creative Writing. She previously worked as a designer for The Better India, where she played a key role in the inception and identity of the in-house brand, The Better Home.

When she’s not hunched over her laptop drawing on Photoshop, she is hunched over her laptop adding books to her Goodreads list, but is never actually seen reading them.


Rujan Sarkar

Rujan completed his bachelor’s degree from James Cook University, where he studied Zoology and Marine Biology. His work so far has involved conducting biodiversity surveys in a variety of ecosystems, assisting in a project regarding invasive cats in Australian rainforests, and studying regeneration at seed dispersal sites of hornbills in North-East India. Apart from wildlife, he is also interested in music and photography. He hopes to bring together his scientific and creative interests to help people better understand the natural world and our place as a part of it. 









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