Paromita Ray

Paromita, Research Associate, presently leads the projects on carrying capacity estimation for ecotourism activities in India. She also supports in management and monitoring of the various programs at WCS-India. An aquatic ecologist with over 5 years’ experience on a broad range of topics including community ecology of fishes, ecosystem-based conservation of freshwater and coastal resources, impacts of climate change on mangroves and associated species including their vulnerability assessment, she has conducted socio-economic surveys of artisanal fishermen and has an understanding ecology of threatened mammals associated with wetlands. She has completed M.Sc in Environmental Studies from University of Delhi in 2009, and currently pursuing her PhD from Saurashtra University and Wildlife Institute of India on the ecology and distribution of fishes in a mangrove forest in Andhra Pradesh. Her primary research interests lie in understanding the patterns and processes in fish communities, linkages between freshwater and marine ecosystems, and studying the long-term impacts of river regulation and fragmentation on aquatic communities. She is also interested in community-based management and conservation of freshwater resources in the Eastern Ghats – a lesser known landscape in India. In that regard, she is a part of a project to conserve the threatened freshwater fish species in Andhra Pradesh. This project has been supported by grants received from the Conservation Leadership Programme and Ruffords.

Dr. Anuradha Gupta
Dr Gupta provides support to Wildlife Research and Conservation Program of the organization. She has earned a Ph.D and M.A. in Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi. She has previously been involved in research, supervision of live projects related to the various arms within the development sector and in teaching graduation and post-graduation students at University of Delhi.

Arun Kannan

He is the Executive Assistant for the Country Director of WCS-India. He has a PGDFM from the Indian Institute of Forest Management with a specialization in Conservation and Livelihood. He also has two years of corporate experience as an IT engineer.

Samriddha Ghosh

She works as a Program Assistant in the program management team that works with different on-going projects at WCS-India. She is interested in avian ecology and doodling in her free time.







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