Meet the Team
Founder, HerpClub | Editor, HerpBuzz
Anuj is an MSc scholar at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He primarily works on squamate macroecology and investigates research questions in trait evolution and species coexistence. Amphibians and reptiles (a.k.a herps) have been an abiding theme of his life, he has always been fascinated by the secretive life they live, and the various shapes & sizes they come in. He enjoys hiking, running, moongazing, listening to podcasts and soft rock, reading about the history of natural history, sci-fi and non-sci-fi novels, and travelling in trains
Content Editor, HerpBuzz
Aditi is a Zoologist and has pursued research at Savitribai Phule Pune University. Her avid interest in amphibians and reptiles grew as she went on field visits with her lab mates to study and document frog behaviour. She believes that understanding the natural history of amphibians can provide solutions to maintaining their population in the wild. Aditi is passionate about reading and dreams of opening her own cafe-bookstore someday. She enjoys playing cards, having long conversations with her family and friends, and hour-long strolls in the park.
Project Coordinator, HerpClub | Content, HerpBuzz
Prathamesh is pursuing a Master’s in Wildlife Conservation Action from Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research. He is largely interested in the ecology, evolution, behaviour and systematics of reptiles. When not looking for reptiles, he likes to explore places on foot, climb mountains, click pictures, and play video games.
Jyotsna is a B.Sc. graduate from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, beginning her career in ecological research. She is most herself when she is crocheting, or on a wildflower walk. The jungle at night is her favourite place to be in. At present, she is trying her best to live a slow, full life.
Webmaster, HerpClub | Content, HerpBuzz
Jithin currently works with the Nature Conservation Foundation, Bangalore. He is a post-graduate in Wildlife Science from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun with interests spanning freshwater ecology, behavioural ecology, natural history, education, media and science communication.
He was a POBE fellow from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru and a graduate in Botany from Farook College, University of Calicut, Kerala.
His interests have led him to work on the ecology of overwintering tadpoles in the western Himalayas, the foraging behaviour of Common Myna, and the inclusion of women in the Chemical Science community of Kerala among many other topics. He founded 'Myristica- The Ecological Fiesta' in 2016 which intensively engaged in the conversation of technology, culture, ecology and life among Kerala's college students. Find his musings on ecology and media at https://www.jithinvijayan.info.
Nikita is an Analyst with the Counter Wildlife Trafficking Program at WCS India. Nikita has completed her Bachelor's in Statistics & Economics from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. She is interested in Mathematics, Statistics, Computation and most importantly, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She has worked in the Western Ghats previously on a project that aimed to study the elusive Lorises - which are feared to be threatened by a number of existential risks. When she's not ruminating on issues in conservation, she can be seen playing the classical guitar and creating wildlife art.
Illustrator, HerpClub | Design Editor, HerpBuzz
Radha is an illustrator and designer who specialises in visual storytelling. She has a keen interest in exploring the intersection between art and science, and in finding new ways to make conversations around conservation engaging. When she’s not hunched over her laptop drawing on Photoshop, she is hunched over her laptop adding books to her Goodreads list but is never actually seen reading them.
Rahul is pursuing MSc in Molecular Biology and Evolution at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany. He is broadly interested in ecology and evolutionary genetics. His fascination with wildlife began with birdwatching and progressed to herps. He likes herpetology because he believes it is a misunderstood and underappreciated group; he wants to dispel this myth and share his enthusiasm with others. He enjoys photography, sketching, hiking, cycling, and travelling in addition to birding and herping.
Section Editor, HerpBuzz
Vaishnavi is an MSc. Ecology student, currently working on her thesis on thermal ecology of lizards at the Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES), IISC. She is interested in biogeography and ecophysiology of herps, but is still trying to find her ‘realized’ niche there. She will never refuse if you ever ask her-‘Let’s go herping’. Reading novels, trekking, badminton and 'just' travelling are her other interests.
Shubham is a master's student at Pondicherry University. He is trying to understand the use of dynamic colours in agamid lizards for his master's project. An increased curiosity about frogs has led him to work on exploring the prevalence of erroneous breedings in anurans. He's broadly interested in studying the evolutionary ecology and behaviour of herps. Animal colours and behaviour intrigue him the most. He enjoys asking questions that involve natural history, large data sets and math. He has also been closely involved in urban wildlife rescue and rehabilitation with RAWW, Mumbai. Sometimes he photographs and fills up his camera with frog images. Talk to him about ecology, medicine, psychology or literature - if it's research, he's in it. He also aspires to be a voracious reader but ends up binge-watching TV series in his free time.
Section Editor, HerpBuzz
Niket is a wildlife researcher at the Wildlife Institute of India, he is passionate about studying the natural history and ecology of frogs, snakes, and birds. He has a calm and quiet demeanor, but his excitement is sparked when he is invited for activities like birdwatching, herping, or trekking. Niket has a great appreciation for the beauty of nature and takes pleasure in observing the striking colors of sunrises and sunsets. Apart from his love for wildlife, Niket enjoys having in-depth discussions with like-minded individuals.