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Our Graduates

Our first batch graduated in May 2018 with their first degrees in Biology, Physics, Economics and Humanities. Some of them also pursued an honours degree.

They have taken up interesting avenues for their future career / academic paths as below

  • Pursue Postgraduation or Integrated-Doctoral programmes in their disciplinary areas in institutes like National Center for Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Association for Cultivation of Science, Central Universities (India), Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands) etc.

  • Higher studies leading to a Postgraduate degree or diploma in inter-disciplinary areas like Development Studies, Development Economics, Social Anthropology, Public Policy, Education, Media, Journalism, Conservation Biology, NeuroScience, Biotechnology, Genetics, Environmental Studies etc at TISS, Azim Premji University, Salim Ali Center for Ornithology and Natural History, Center for Human Genetics, SOAS London, University of Göttingen, Germany, Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI), Paris, France

  • Pursue fellowship programmes like Teach for India, Campus Associateship with Azim Premji Foundation and others. Working with organisations focusing in the areas of Education, Sustainability – ASER, Daily dump and others.

An interest and curiosity towards wildlife and nature were inculcated in me since my childhood as I often used to visit the countryside accompanied by my grandmother. I was born and brought up in Pune.

I completed my Bachelors in Science (Honors) from Azim Premji University in Bangalore. This is when my interest and curiosity towards wildlife got a form and structure and my mentor Dr. Shomen Mukherjee has been the biggest source of my inspiration. In 2016, I conducted a mesocosm experiment on the effect of Acacia and Eucalyptus leaf litter on life history traits of Microhyla ornata tadpoles. I presented my study at SCCS (2017) and YETI (2018) conferences.

For my honors, I looked at the effect of the different amounts of Eucalyptus leaf litter. I worked with Divya Uma on the effect of predatory cues on the phototactic index of Daphnia spp. I interned with Dr. Abi Tamim Vanak (ATREE) on his project on ‘Adaptation of Mesocarnivores to Human-Modified Landscapes’ in 2016. In 2018, I interned with Dr. S. Sathyakumar of WII on a project which looked at the mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts. Apart from this, I did volunteer with rescue of snakes for 3 years in the peri-urban area of Bangalore.

I have a keen interest in ecology, evolution and conservation biology. I am very interested in understanding how environment shapes life-history parameters of a species and how a species alters its environment. Questions addressing such interactions in terms of behaviour, morphology and physiology fascinate me. Conceptual interests aside, I would actually like to apply my research findings to find solutions to habitat and species management issues on the ground, as I believe that conservation should be based on sound science.

Deepak Chavan, B.Sc. Biology Honours, Azim Premji University 2015-18,
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