OUR TEAM

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.

JOJO T D

Project Coordinator

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.

MANEEJA MURALI

Program Officer

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 JAYSELL

Programme Officer

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. 

SANJU SOMAN

Consultant

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.

REEMA ANAND 

Senior Program Officer

A passionate researcher on human-nature interactions, gender and environment, and agriculture. She is particularly interested in addressing the problems at the grassroots level and always strikes a chord with the local community. She has experience in technology modules in Natural Resource Management, particularly in the primary sector, to initiate institutional interventions and building awareness among farmers, especially women in building their livelihoods with climate-resilient technologies. She is the project lead “Synthetic sanitary pad free panchayat” and apart from gender-related activities, she has been leading the interventions in the agriculture sector, playing a key role in the promoting responsible agriculture in the rice bowl of Kerala

ANU RADHAKRISHNAN

Senior Programme Officer

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

Sreekuttan V N

Project assistant

Sreekuttan V N is currently working as a project assistant in ATREE-CERC Alappuzha. He completed his graduation in Zoology from S.B college changanacherry under M.G University and completed his masters in Zoology from S.D College Alappuzha under the University of Kerala. He is an active member of the Center for Research on Aquatic Resources (CRAR). His works in ATREE involves developing innovative products out of the troublesome aquatic weed “Eichhornia crassipes”, provide technical support and actively engage in all projects carried out by ATREE-CERC. Recently he developed handmade paper from water hyacinth. His aspire is to become a researcher in the field of conservation biology.

PARVATHY SUNDAR

Programme Officer

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

Programme Officer

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.

SUNITHA

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.

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