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Arannya Environment Research Organisation - Board


 

Harshada Gauns | Founder President

Harshada Gauns is a trained Zoologist with seven years of experience in conducting and implementing biodiversity-based research and three years working closely with the communities in Goa, working on creating biodiversity management plans for leading business houses in Goa and on solid waste management at the village level. Harshada has worked with the Centre for Environment Education, Mineral Foundation of Goa in the past and is the current Executive Board of Goa Bird Conservation Network and Biodiversity Management committee, Navelim. She has engaged with students of more than 50 schools across Goa during her career, taking the message of nature, environment, conservation, and sustainable living to them. Harshada is currently engaged as Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology at Government college of Arts Science and Commerce- Sanquelim, Goa, and heads AERO as its Hon. President.

Jalmesh Karapurkar | Secretary

Jalmesh Karapurkar is a trained Zoologist with working experience in the field of biodiversity documentation and ecology. His current work involves implementing research projects for the Research and Education Division of AERO. Jalmesh has a core competency in Field Biology and Database Management, handling's public communications, and online resource networks. He is currently engaged with the ecosystem slab at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru Working on high altitude ecosystems in Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. 

Shubham Rane is a trained Zoologist and has been involved in documentation of faunal diversity. His major interest is in studying Taxonomy, biogeography, and ecology of herpetofauna. Shubham is currently working as a Junior Research fellow at Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) on Addressing the taxonomic and geographic shortfall of Amphibians and Reptiles from the collection of BNHS.

Mayur Gawas | Treasurer

Mayur Gawas is a trained Zoologist with working experience in the field of biodiversity documentation and environmental science research. He has worked with Mineral Foundation of Goa in the past and is currently working at AERO, implementing research projects for the Research & Education Division. Mayur has core competency in Field Biology and is a trained naturalist. He heads most of AERO's outdoor activities, that are organized for students and manages AERO's finances.  Currently, he is coordinating with Goa state Biodiversity Board regarding the preparation of public Biodiversity registers for 14 villages spread across Goa. 

 

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