Committed to the Cause
DR PRIYADARSANAN DHARMA RAJAN
Principal Investigator and Senior Fellow
Priyadarsanan has a doctoral degree from University of Calicut (Kerala), and his research interests include conservation biology, insect biosystematics and conservation bio-control. A trained taxonomist and ecologist, Priyadarsanan has authored two books, more than 50 research papers, several popular articles and described 40 species new to science. Currently working as Senior Fellow at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore. He is a member of various National and International Scientific & academic bodies, Board of Editors of many journals. In last three years, he is also serving as the member of Board of Governors of Fresh Water Working group of Society for Conservation Biology.
JOJO T D
He is an Environment and development Professional with 15 years of experience. He completed his Masters and MPhil in Environment Management from Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam. He is a smart, quick-witted and outgoing person who keeps the work atmosphere fun-filled. He is an ardent traveler and a passionate badminton player. He has been working with ATREE CERC since its inception and has designed several innovative projects for Wetland Conservation.
She is a post graduate in Zoology from Kerala University (S.N.College, Cherthala). She joined CERC as a program officer in ATREE CERC Habitat Learning project on May 2017. Her area of interest includes; Fish Taxonomy, Ichthyology, Biodiversity and Education. She had been working with KUFOS (Kerala University for Fisheries and Ocean Studies) for the last four years as SRF under Centre for Inland Fishery Database (Kerala State Govt. Plan Project).
Senior Programme Officer
He has completed Masters in Social Work from Rajagiri College of Social Sciences. His primarily works with the fishing communities and work towards a community-based conservation system. He continually engages with the communities for sustainable practices of natural resources. He joined ATREE in the year 2011 and since then have been working with local communities and panchayats.
Senior Programme Officer
He has graduated from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies. He is a passionate social entrepreneur and has been involved in several entrepreneurship initiatives. Fun loving, independent and exciting, he believes in the power of innovation and collaboration in creating change in the society, While the domain of Sustainable Development and Social entrepreneurship remains his primary interest, he keeps on discovering new fields to work with.
Senior Communication Officer
Geetha is a graduate in Media and Cultural Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. After working as an engineer for 3 years, she decided to call it quits as she had enough with staring at a screen for a day. She now spends 12 hours a day sifting through editable videos on computer !!!
Anu Radhakrishnan has been associated with ATREE-CERC since 2014 and had been working in ichthyology, integrated taxonomy and community-based ecosystem conservation efforts at the centre. His research interest lies at the intersection of ichthyology, evolutionary biology, biogeography, community welfare and cognitive sciences. Anu holds a masters in zoology from Kerala University and is looking forward to pursuing a PhD in freshwater fishes
SUNIL K S
Senior Programme Officer
Sunil is a Post Graduate in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies from TISS, Mumbai. He did his graduation in Agriculture from Kerala Agricultural University. He has more than 7 years of work experience in diverse fields like banking, natural resource management etc. His main areas of interests are Sustainability Reporting and Climate Change Adaptation.
Parvathy is a Graduate in Electronics and Communications from Kerala University. She is a passionate and energetic girl who is interested to work with the children. She is working with School Children in Alappuzha and Kottayam to impart Environmental Education to the studets.
VIKHNESH K S
Vikhnesh is graduated in Master of Social Work from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady. Apart from working with fishermen & clam collectors he is also engaging with tourism industry with view to develop sustainable development models . Earlier he was working with Muhamma Grama Panchayath as a coordinator of Gender Resource Centre
K M POOV
Community Resource Person
KM Poovu has been working with ATREE-CERC for the past seven years as a community resource person. He has single-handedly managed to bring together several communities towards the protection of Vembanad lake. An active environmentalist and fishermen, Poovu is a hero in his community and helps in various community led interventions by CERC.
Care Taker cum Attendent
Sunitha chechi as we all call her is a loving person who has been part of the team for the past ten years. She takes care of day to day affairs and up keep of the office.