Several individuals of a new species of a parasitic wasp (Anokha nigra) were discovered from the leaf litter of sacred groves of Kammadam Sacred grove in Kasaragod District of Kerala State in India! The inventory shows the rich biodiversity harbors in the sacred groves of India. Parasitic wasps are important functional guilds of forest floor having a great role in biological control of insect pests.
See the paper here
Roshnath and his ornithologist friends report that the heronry birds are abandoning their ages old nesting trees in Kannur District! Thanks to the poor town planning and development! However, it is welcome that the District administration is showing great interest to increase the awareness about heronry bird nesting in Kannur joining hands with the bird watchers of the town.
Congratulations Asha and Rajesh for bagging the Outstanding Young Scholar Award in the 12th International Conference of Ecology held in Beijing, China!
A survey that involved Ph.D. student Roshnath and other stakeholders found that heronry of Kasaragod is stable. See the report here
Asha and Rajesh are preparing to attend the International Congress of Ecology to be held in Beijing, China during 20 – 25 August 2017! They will be giving talk presentations in the thematic session “The importance of biodiversity in human-modified landscapes”. Congratulations!!
Prabitha has received a travel grant from Science Engineering Research Board, Government of India, New Delhi to attend the Ento 2017 (Entomological Networks: Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution) meeting to be held at New Castle University, UK. She will be giving a talk presentation. Congratulations Prabitha!!
I am excited to inform you that after my one year long stay in Tucson, I am returning today to Kerala, India! I took the morning 0535 flight from Tucson to San Francisco. I am now waiting for my international flight to Delhi (16 hours!)
Good bye Tucson