Committed to the Cause
DR PRIYADARSANAN DHARMA RAJAN
Principal Investigator and Team leader
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.
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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).
Devika Jayssell is a post-graduate from IIT Gandhinagar in Society & Culture and a graduate in International Relations & Political Science from the Central University of Kerala. Dedicated social worker & program coordinator with a strong commitment in serving women, disadvantaged youth & elderly, including homeless, emancipated & special need populations. She believes in rational casteless society who work hard to make abstract ideas into novel innovations with the attitude of 'Live & Let Live'. At ATREE CERC she is coordinating with the project, ' Synthetic pad free Muhamma'. Coordinating the project waste management with Muhamma panchayat & community enhancement in terms of women empowerment with the activities of the social innovation lab.
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.