Ashish Kumar Arya: Graphic Era (Deemed to be University), India
Ashish Kumar Arya currently works as a Senior Researcher at the Department of Environmental Science at Graphic Era Deemed to be University, India. His expertise include avian biology, wetland ecology, wildlife, and biodiversity conservation, with a strong focus on water birds diversity and conservation, as well as the breeding biology of birds.
Archana Bachheti: Graphic Era (Deemed to be University), India
Dr Archana is a Professor at Graphic Era University in Dehradun, India. With an extensive experience of more than 17 years, she has served in different capacities within academia in India and has also provided expertise internationally. Her teaching portfolio includes subjects like Ecology and Environment, Environmental Science, Freshwater Ecology, Disaster Management, and Bryophytes and Pteridophytes. Dr Archana's research interests cover a broad and interdisciplinary field of plant ecology. Her focus areas include ecorestoration, green chemistry, especially the synthesis of nanomaterials, and exploring the medicinal properties of plants.
Lauren Common: Konrad Lorenz Research Center for Behavior and Cognition & Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria
Dr Lauren Common is a parasitologist and ornithologist fascinated by invasive species, reproductive behaviour and personality in birds and insects. Lauren recently completed her PhD at Flinders University supervised by Prof Sonia Kleindorfer and colleagues. Her thesis explored the changing host-parasite dynamics between Darwin's finches and the invasive blood-sucking Avian Vampire Fly (Philornis downsi). Her current research explores the Avian Vampire Fly across the archipelago, and its consequences for the conservation of the avifauna of the Galapagos.
Kamal Kant Joshi: Graphic Era Hill University, India
Dr Joshi has studied avian biology and diversity field since 2004. Presently he is associated as professor in department of Environmental Sciences, Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun India. He has published research papers in reputed scientific journals. He has developed an online course on Biodiversity Conservation and conservation skills for Commonwealth countries under the Commonwealth of Open Learning (CoL).
Andrew Katsis: Konrad Lorenz Research Center for Behavior and Cognition & Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria
Dr Andrew Katsis is a behavioural ecologist with an interest in avian personality and prenatal communication. He obtained his PhD in Ecology from Deakin University in Australia, where he studied how the prenatal sound environment can influence postnatal behaviour in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia castanotis), a small Australian songbird. For his postdoctoral research, he is exploring the ontogeny and fitness consequences of personality differences in superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus), greylag geese (Anser answer) and Darwin’s finches (subfamily Geospizinae). He is currently based at the Konrad Lorenz Research Center for Behavior and Cognition (University of Vienna, Austria).
Sonia Kleindorfer: Konrad Lorenz Research Center for Behavior and Cognition, University of Vienna, Austria
Sonia Kleindorfer is Professor of animal behavior at the University of Vienna and director of the Konrad Lorenz Research Center for Behavior and Cognition, a core facility of the University of Vienna. Kleindorfer’s fundamental research into animal behavior focuses on the ontogeny of individual differences and their effects on biological fitness. Her team developed rapid-assessment field assays to reliably measure personality traits, which she studies in Darwin’s finches, Superb Fairywrens, Greylag Geese, and Short-eared Owls. As a measure of risk-taking appetite, personality predicts the probability of behavior under prevailing threatening, novel or competitive conditions. Understanding how ecological conditions favor personality traits within populations and trophic networks will potentially transform our capacity to model the functional significance of individual differences. She is collaborating partner with the Galápagos National Park Directorate on the Floreana Island Ecological Restoration Project and maintains long-term research sites on Floreana Island (Galapagos, Ecuador), Cleland Wildlife Park (South Australia) and the Alm Valley (Upper Austria). She was awarded the D.L. Serventy Medal (2016) for “outstanding research contribution to ornithology” and is elected Honorary Fellow of the American Ornithological Society (2020) for “exceptional ornithological eminence”.
Vinaya Kumar Sethi: Uttarakhand Sanskrit University, India
Dr Vinaya Kumar Sethi is working as a Faculty of Environmental Science at Uttarakhand Sanskrit University, India. His research area includes breeding behaviour and acoustic communication in birds as well as wildlife and biodiversity conservation.