Annesha Chowdhury

PhD Student, ATREE

Research interests:
Biodiversity conservation, human well-being and sustainable development in human-influenced landscapes outside protected areas
Permeability and refugium capabilities of agriculture dominated matrix such as the Darjeeling tea-forest landscape in terms of biodiversity support for long term persistence
Ecosystem services and stakeholder well-being of the tea-forest, sub-himalayan North Bengal and sub-Himalayan and trans-Himalayan Sikkim.
Human well-being and it's links with 'sustainable ecological capacity'

PhD topic:
Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being in the Darjeeling Tea-Forest Social-Ecological Landscape

Dr. Soubadra Devy

Doctoral Advisory Committee:
Dr. T. Ganesh, Dr. Aravind N.A., Dr. Siddhartha Krishnan

M.Sc- Zoology with Advanced Cytogenetics, Calcutta University
B.Sc- Zoology, University of North Bengal
Pre-University- PCB, Loreto House, Kolkata
Matric-ICSE- Loreto Convent, Darjeeling

Research Experience:

As a JRF in the TSWT supported project, "Integrated approaches to adaptive resilience-based management of forests for supporting agro-systems in the Sikkim-Darjeeling Himalayas -
Roles and responsibilities
Field work- transect walks, bird counts, PRAs
Report writing
Designing, planning and execution of field protocols and training

As an independent researcher for the Forest Department, Darjeeling- Preliminary report on the status and distribution of the Chinese pangolins (Manis pentadactyla)in the Pokhriabong Valley, Darjeeling.

Reports/ Dissertations:
Preliminary report on the distribution and occurrence of the Chinese pangolins (Manis pentadactyla)in the Pokhriabong Valley, Darjeeling

Professional Experience:
Project officer, CHAI Project, Darjeeling
Assistant Teacher, Higher Secondary and Secondary Biology, Nepali Girls' Higher Secondary School, Darjeeling
Part-time Lecturer(Biotechnology), St. Joseph's College, Darjeeling

Rufford Small Grants (UK)- February, 2016; Conservation, Food and Health (USA) - June, 2016

National Mission on Himalayan Studies, (MoEF, G o I)-April, 2016

Talks given
Lecture and interactive session on Introduction to Landscape Ecology and it’s application in the field of architecture for students of B. Arch and M. Arch at Manipal Institute of Technology, Udupi – March, 2016

Workshop attended
North East IBP workshop in Darjeeling ( India Biodiversity Portal ) – April, 2016

Human Development and Capability Association Conference – Cape Town, September 2017 – co- presented our paper on “Change in forest condition and its implications for the well-being of forest fringe community - a case study from the Darjeeling Himalayas” as part of the panel on Conservation and Social Justice: Valuing Capabilities in Interdisciplinary Socio-ecological Assessments in the eastern Himalayas