Ms. Dalia Ghosh Dastidar

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellow
Field of Specialization: Population Ecology and Conservation
Name: Ms. Dalia Ghosh Dastidar
Official Address and Designation:  Ph.D. Scholar
Marine Biology Regional Center 
Zoological Survey of India
130, Santhome High Road
Chennai 600 028    
Tamil Nadu
Telephone (O): 91-9444564965
Duration of Grant: Nine months                         
Project Title: Population Ecology and Conservation of snakes involving indigenous communities
Abstract of Project :
My current research deals with spatial ecology of common venomous snakes found in agricultural fields. During my Fulbright grant, I will learn appropriate methodologies to study population ecology of venomous snakes. This will help to conserve snakes especially those subjected to frequent venom harvest for producing Anti-Snake Venom Serum (ASVS). While snakes are important components of the ecosystem, they are often considered as "conflict animals." Each year, snakebites cause thousands of mortalities, morbidities and disabilities. Sustainable use of snake venom can be advantageous to both the endangered reptiles as well as local tribals. In the U.S., conventional practices of indigenous people have been used in contemporary conservation. I would like to study such practices so that my research on venomous snakes in India involves local communities and protects both the ecological and cultural environment.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. Ecology of venomous snakes University of Madras, Chennai 2008-till date
M.Sc. Zoology University of Calcutta, Kolkata 2003
B.Sc. Zoology University of Calcutta, Kolkata 2001
Professional Background:
Biologist Irula Snake Catcher's Industrial Co-operative Society, Tamil Nadu 2007 – 2008
Research Scholar Madras Crocodile Bank /Center for Herpetology, Tamil Nadu 2007 – 2007
Research Fellow Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai 2006 – 2006
Ms. Dalia Ghosh Dastidar