Arannya Environment Research Organisation

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Arannya Environment Research Organisation - Board


Harshada Gauns | 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 60 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 is the founder of AERO.


Mayur Gawas | Vice-President

Mayur Gawas is a trained Zoologist with working experience in the field of herpetology, 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, GIS and is a trained herpetologist pertaining to its taxonomy, biogeography and ecological studies. He heads most of AERO's outdoor activities, that are organized for students. Currently, he is coordinating with Goa state Biodiversity Board regarding the preparation of public Biodiversity registers for 14 villages spread across Goa. 

Shubham Rane is a trained Zoologist and has been involved in the documentation of faunal diversity. His expertise lies in the field of Taxonomy, biogeography, and ecological studies pertaining to herpetology. Shubham has worked 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. He is currently pursuing PhD at Goa University.

Diksha Satarkar | Joint Secretary

Diksha Satarkar


Triveni Gawas

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Jalmesh Karapurkar | Member

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 was also engaged with the ecosystems lab at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru Working on high altitude ecosystems in Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.