Experts Team

Trustees

Dr. N V Joshi
Professor at the Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His research interests are mainly in the application of mathematic modeling and statistical analysis of life sciences. He has published more than 50 scientific publications covering diverse areas such as biophysics, meteorology, evolutionary biology and climate change. Prof. Joshi also serves as one of the Associate Editors of Current Science.

Dr. P S Easa
Former Director, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Thrissur, Kerala. A Wildlife Biologist with over 35 years of research experience.  Member of the State Wildlife Boards of Kerala and Chattisgarh; Dr Easa also serves on the Project Elephant Steering Committee, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. He has to his credit 42 research reports, 41 research papers and 10 books.

Dr. R J Ranjit Daniels
Ecologist – naturalist known for his research on conservation of birds of the Western Ghats.  He has also worked extensively on amphibians and fishes.  Dr Daniels has authored 9 books, 50 publications and a host of reports, 78 popular articles and illustrations of the natural world.

Dr. Jayshree Vencatesan
Dr Vencatesan works on issues of conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecological restoration, with a special interest in wetlands. She has to her credit 30 scientific publications and one book. She currently serves as the Managing Trustee.

Research Team

Dr. Avantika Bhaskar – Senior Project Associate
Dr. Bhaskar obtained her Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from University of Delhi. She is a graduate in Botany (Hons.) and post-graduate in Environmental Biology from University of Delhi. She is currently working on mainstreaming of the conservation agenda in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu and environmental education projects. She has authored an Activity cum Resource Manual titled ‘Green Guru’ for integrating Biodiversity Education into school curriculum.

Dr. J Subramanean – Project Consultant
Finished a Doctoral programme in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from Pondicherry University in the field of Herpetology. A keen bird watcher, a naturalist and an avid herpetologist with immense research on urban biodiversity. Involved in sea turtle conservation activities through hatchery management in Chennai coast. Now heading projects on Environmental education and awareness for school children and teachers.

N Muthu Karthick – Plant Ecologist
Karthick is a Masters in Botany from Madras Christian College, Chennai. He is a trained plant taxonomist and his passion towards Vegetation Ecology made him study the distribution of riparian patches in the Western Ghats. Documenting the collection of Non-timber Forest Produces (NTFP) in Tamilnadu forests is the current project he is handling; apart from studying the impacts of Invasive Alien Species in Nilgiris.

B Vinoth – Project Associate
Vinoth has a Master’s in Wildlife Biology from AVC College, Mayiladuthurai, for which he studied the ‘Food habits of large carnivores in Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve’. He is interested in studying avifauna and its ecology. He is part of the team that has documented the birdlife and its ecology in the Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu; right now, he is assisting NTFP studies and documenting faunal groups in the project, ‘Impact of Invasive Alien Species’ in Nilgiris.

G Dass – Community Organiser
Dass is a practicing farmer who is in-charge of the community mobilization and ogranisation components of all the field projects of Care Earth. He had in the past worked as a public health worker and has also been a crusader against social evils in the district of Kanchipuram. Mr. Dass is a skillful community mobiliser and involved in projects assessing Landuse and Landcover changes in selected districts on Tamilnadu.

Saravanan Veeraiah – Socio-ecologist
Saravanan has his Masters in Social Work from Madurai Institute of Social Sciences. With Physics as his background, he developed interest in community based biological conservation and rights of the forest dwellers. Currently, he is associated with the documentation of local use of watersheds in Tamirabarani river basin, Tirunelveli District of Southern Tamilnadu.

S Vasantha Raja – Project Coordinator
Vasanth is a Masters in Sociology from University of Madras, Chennai. He is experienced in community development, capacity building and health and hygiene. He is in-charge of Wetland Conversation & Management and Capacity Building programmes of WABAG.

Vigneshwaran Subbaiah – Junior Research Fellow (GIS)
Vigneshwaran has a Master’s in Spatial Information Technology from University of Madras. He is primarily interested in multi-disciplinary analysis of scientific approach with a special interest in GIS, Remote Sensing, Marine Conservation & Ecology, Coastal Wetland Management. He has to his credit six publications in various disciplines. He is currently working on assessing the land use / land cover change deduction in various districts of Tamil Nadu.

Prem Vijayan – Junior Research Fellow (GIS)
Prem holds a Master’s in Applied Geography from the University of Madras. He is primarily interested in vulnerability analysis of scientific approach, with the special interest in Sustainable management, Eco-Tourism using Geo informatics & Remote Sensing. He is now mapping the current status of Chennai wetlands and studying its degradation. Mr. Prem is having expertise in hydrologic modelling and watershed delineation.

T Sureshkumar – Social Analyst
Suresh is a Masters in Social Work from Madurai Kamaraj University with a Bachelors in Law. With an expertise in Interpretation of Statutes, he is interested in analyzing the community structures and conservation efforts of Tribal in Tamilnadu.

K Mano Chandran – Junior Research Fellow (GIS)
Mano holds a Master’s in Spatial Information Technology from University of Madras. He is primarily interested in Web-GIS analysis of scientific approach with special interest in GIS, Remote Sensing and Village Information System. He has to his credit two publications in GIS. He is currently on assessing the land use/land cover change deduction in various districts of Tamil Nadu.

M Vivekananthan – Junior Research Fellow (Botany)
Vivekananthan has a Master’s degree in Botany from Pachaiyappa’s College, Chennai. He is interested in plant taxonomy and plant ecology and currently working on the Invasive Alien Species assessments in Nilgiris.

D Alwin – Veterinary Surgeon
Dr Alwin holds an M.V.Sc degree from the Tamilnadu Veterinary Sciences University and has since specialized in surgery. Committed to animal rescue and welfare, Dr. Alwin is well known for his expertise in surgical interventions. He heads the Dax Memorial Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (DMARRC) of Care Earth.

Administrative staff

V R Krishnan – General Manager
Over 20 years of experience in the entrance automation business, where automation is used for pedestrian and vehicular traffic management, access control and security. Wide sales & marketing experience across several industries such as Direct Marketing & Mailing, Advertising, Material Handling, E-commerce and Security.
Presently: Interaction with various Departments related to ecology, environmental studies and research advocacy.

S Muraleedaran – Manager (Accounts)
Mr Muraleedaran is a graduate in Physics with vast experience in the administrative aspect of the construction industry and entities such as the Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association (TANSTIA).

Jaya Mary M – Administrative Assistant
Ms. Jaya Mary is a graduate in Business Administration and currently assists the front desk administration.

Support staff

Mrs. M Manjula Care Taker / Office Assistant DMARRC

M Manohar Office Assistant

Auditors

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No.33, old no.17,
School View Road, R.K Nagar
Chennai – 600 028

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