List of Workshops (YETI Baroda)

Below is the list of Workshop to be conducted at YETI Baroda, 2018. Registration for the same will start on 18th January, 2018 at 06:00 AM (link will be updated here itself and emailed to all the participants. workshops have limited seats and availability is on first come first basis.)

  • Dr. Shazia Quasin
    Title: Spiders as ecological indicators: Hands on training on collection and identification techniques. (25 Students). Spiders are diverse groups of animals, abundant generalist predators in terrestrial habitats and are a valuable component of ecosystem function. This workshop will focus on an approach towards better understanding of spiders in present conservation scenario by discussing about the field collection techniques, cataloguing, preservation methods for a preliminary data exploration to understand their diversity and distribution status. During the workshop I will also provide information on the various web designs, niches, guild assemblages, which are crucial to understand spider ecology. This workshop will also have interactive component where the participant will be exposed to various techniques of spider collection from University campus, techniques to label them and proper preservation for further laboratory identification for future references. The workshop includes a component on preliminary data analysis such as estimation of species diversity, species area curve, regression and correlation to understand how various ecological drivers influence spider diversity. It will also focus on how spiders can be effectively used as conservation tools in biodiversity monitoring.
  • Dr. Sabuj Bhattacharyya, Ms. Monica Kaushik
    Title: Writing Grants in Ecological Sciences. (Long Workshops: 50 students & Short Workshops: 70 students) This workshop aims to give a board and holistic idea about various fellowship/grant available for ecological research. We will discuss about general procedure for application, identifying potential supervisor/collaborator, first communication with potential supervisor/collaborator, writing a statement of purpose (SOP), writing grant or research proposal, interviews and some common do and don’t’s. While discussing we will use some fellowship (Fulbright fellowship, Ravisankaran Inlaks fellowship) and research grant (Pro-Natura Foundation, Raptor conservation research foundation, DBT/DST, Marie Curie) as potential example. Target audience will be anyone (Bachelors/Masters/Ph.D./Postdoc) interested in applying for a fellowship/grant.
  • Pankaj Koparde, Parag Ranganekar, Prosenjit Dawn, Neha Mujumdar
    Odonata Evolution and Behavior, Taxonomy, Citizen Science in Odonata Research
  • Shashank Srinivasan
    Title: Use of Mobile Systems for the Collection of Field Data. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use the Open Data Kit system to design digital surveys, collect data and aggregate it on a central server from where it can be analysed.
  • Nishadh.K A & Powsiya H
    Title: Free and Open source tools of python programming language for geospatial analysis. (Long Workshop). Python is a simple and easy to learn programming language. It is developed mostly by open source contribution, has larger and active user base. This makes the language enriched with numerous libraries and tools to address any complex or data intensive real world problems. An easy to read language, it presents immense opportunity for non programmers to get into coding. The platform provided by Python programming language in geospatial analysis and visualisation is immense and ever growing. It has broad set of tools to address mapping and other geospatial needs of typical ecological research. This workshop intent to give introduction to this advantages of Python. It takes demonstration and do it yourself tasks on geospatial data, the workshop hopes to generate interest and show learning pathway for beginners to comfortable with Python programming language and using it for mapping purposes. Requirements of workshop is specified in this link.
  • Nishadh.K A & Powsiya H
    Title: Let’s do and write reaserch- version controlled! (Short Workshop). Versioning has major stake in software industry. Open source projects such as Linux is greatly dependent on version controlling system to manage thousands of volunteer contributions and yet to stand as the most secure, dependent and vibrant software operating system of the world. In a broader sense, Science too has a form of version control system inbuilt with it. As peer reviews which oversee the new versions of theories and hypothesis from its old form. However in day to day activities of scientific researchers in digital front, version control systems(VCS) are seldom used perhaps due to low awareness. VCS manages changes in digital documents by recording the state of document. This management has larger implications in improving productivity, experimenting, collaborative efforts etc. It is considered as an important tool in imparting Reproducibility and transparency in Science. The current workshop discuss about, Git a popular VCS and Github a popular online hosting site of Git. Demonstrate literal programming(Jupyter notebooks) based data analysis situation and text (Latex) based writings under VCS.
  • Nishadh.K A & Powsiya H
    Title: Scripts for data acquisition with paper-based surveys. (Short Workshop). Even though digital questionnaire services are well developed and widely used, paper based questionnaires are still having role in remote and field based questionnaire exercises. This workshop introduce a Python programming language based tool to generate and automatically analyse paper based surveys. It is having a questionnaire framing tool as similar to OMR sheet and simplifies survey data output collection using image processing. Which can be done by simple scanners or mobile phone pictures. It is a software tool to reduce work load related with paper based questionnaire surveys.
  • Dr. Upamanyu Hore & Dr. Sabysachi Dasgupta
    Title: The web of design: Untangling complexities of research design for ecological studies. Basic statistical assumptions are often seriously violated in ecological studies because of large scale variations and incongruous assumptions. Obstacles such as the large scale of ecological processes or cost limitations hinder field replications and more often it is difficult to identify replicate units. Correct approach may require complex designs and unusual statistical techniques. To address these problems, we have fashioned this workshop as a toolbox containing the equipment necessary to access statistical techniques, along with some cautionary notes about their application. This workshop will encourage students for the correct use of well-known design approaches, and to make some potentially very useful but less well known techniques that help towards effectively answering questions in ecological science. Students will learn how to plan research and avoid pitfalls; what basic deductions can be drawn from specific research design; how scale of study is critical for answering different kinds of questions; and finally some general suggestions on making inferences from the analysis of ecological data.
  • Dr. Amit Kumar
    Title: Phyto-taxonomy: In a nutshell. Focus group: Beginners and motivated students or researchers studying/working in the field of biological sciences. Highlights of the workshop: Philosophy of phyto-taxonomy, basic concepts, plant identification hints from morphology & anatomy and a glimpse to the modern taxonomy. Session required: Theory (2 hours) followed by practical (botanical garden; 2 hours).
  • Anand Pendharkar
    Title: New-age mechanisms to achieve non-protected area focused conservation. In the last 50 years, global conservation practices, resource allocation and plans have all seen a disproportionate and lopsided focus on large mammals (elephants, whales, rhinos, pandas, tigers) and other charismatic species (birds such as Great Indian Bustard, Bald eagles, flamingos, cranes and storks and vultures; reptiles such as King Cobras, Pythons and Sea Turtles; et al.). As a result, the importance, roles and rights of these creatures has been compromised. Also the overall information available about these smaller, less charismatic and seemingly benign creatures has been abysmal, pushing some of them over the brink.
    This lopsided approach has also led to absurd and sometimes illogical legal, social, political and management interventions. There have been drastic actions too, such as sanctions for culling, classification as vermin species or ignoring their ecological signification during EIAs and creation of environment management plans (EMPs). Top of the list would be creatures that provide important ecological services such as pollinators (bees, butterflies, birds, bats, etc); scavengers and decomposers (fungi, snails, ants, millipede); pest control and minor predators (odonates, scorpions, centipedes, frogs, snakes, bats). Studies on endemic and localised (small range) species is also limited, especially in case of plants and marine invertebrates.
    This full day workshop with focus on identifying the lacunae and finding or developing the appropriate resources and mechanisms to increase public awareness and engagement, options/avenues for research and conservation funding, available media, publications, outreach mechanisms and networks as well as newer ideas of achieving non-protected area focused or hotspot-based conservation.
    This workshop will also include a complete session on conservation breeding for non-charismatic species and role of urban biodiversity in the big picture.
  • Dr Varad Giri
    Title: Introduction to Herpetology.
  • Sandhya Sekar
    Title: Crafting a story from a scientific study (Long Workshop – 4.5 hrs). – Choosing a study: what kind of academic output is potentially interesting?
    – Finding ‘the story’: unpacking relevant material. How much do you read up? Who do you talk to? – How to pitch the story & write it up as a popular piece. For each section, I would start with a small exercise, then have a Q/A session, and derive the best practices from discussion.
  • Parveen Shaikh
    Title: Project planning – Using Logical Framework as a tool
  • Nikit Surve
    Title: The complexity and variety in human large carnivore interactions in India and a way forward. 1. To sensitize people to the sheer complicated nature of these interactions. 2. Share our experience about stake holder involvement and engagement in the conflict scenario and how it helps. 3. Role played by awareness in resolving the human – wildlife conflict scenario (a case study of Mumbai)
  • Ashish Jha
    Title: Techniques in Field Ornithology: Hands on training on Mistnetting, Bird ringing and Bird count techniques. (20 Students). ‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ this old idiom applies to Ornithological research as well. Foundational works in ornithology were result of arduous and diligent observation based studies. Time is ripe to avail advancement in genomics and powerful statistical tools and do DNA based Ornithological studies. A bird in hand can reveal a lot more information than observation based studies alone. For any DNA based study, first requirement is trapping the bird. Mistnetting is one of the most widely used, bird-safe techniques to trap bird for purpose of ringing, and sample collection.
    This workshop will focus on hands-on-training on setting up of Mistnet, taking the caught birds out of Mistnet, taking morphometric measurements, bird ringing, and release of the bird. Besides Mistnetting, several other methods are available for trapping the birds; which will be discussed as a part of the theory. Also, birding sessions will be conducted during which the participants will be handed datasheets for line-transects/point counts and bird-density/species-richness estimation methods will be discussed.
  • Dr. Chandresh Dave
    Title: Glorious reefs: a taxonomic approach towards conservation. (25 Students). The talk will cover diverse facets of coral reef environment in general and elaborate on the taxonomical identification of stony corals with hands on practice on identification of a few commonly found coral species.
  • Saurabh Sawant
    Title: Photography techniques on field & ethics. (Long Workshop)
  • Saurabh Sawant
    Title: Post processing for effective communication.
  • Dr. Pranav J Pandya
    Title: How to have a Creative Research: Prospects in Intertidal Ecology and Crab taxonomy. (25 Students). The workshop will intend to emphasis on out coastal processes, some basics of crab identification, points to be considered while studying crabs. How to make your research more creative and different from routine as well as fruitful. Hands on training to look at your samples.
  • Dr. Bilal Habib & Nilanjan
    Title: Advances in Wildlife Conservation: Tools and Technique. (Duration: 4 Hours). Use of advance technology is increasing to study wildlife ecology and monitoring which implies directly into conservation. Recent developments in tracking technologies have advanced the study of animal movement into a data-rich era, leading to the development of new theoretical frameworks and novel data analysis tools. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce some of the emerging methods for movement analysis to students/researchers. The workshop will cover tools and technique in the field of animal movement. The workshop will introduce participants to field data collection of radio collared animals ranging from birds to large carnivores, monitoring and analysis of data collected. Participants will learn new techniques including spatial data introduction, data handing in GIS, basic introduction to R and different packages for movement data analysis.
  • Mr. Manthan Tailor
    Title: Biomonitoring for field ecologists: Theories and Applications. (25 Students). The current module is, designed for the field biologist to enable them to have an idea of environmental quality of a particular system even when they do not have sophisticated equipments in the field.
    Session 1: Theory
    • Environmental quality and its ecological significance.
    • Bio-indicators and Biomonitoring in ecological studies.
    • Representative Bio-indicators and the indicative environmental quality.
    Session 2: Hands on training
    • Collection of water samples from a lotic ecosystem.
    • Identification of bio-indicator organisms
    • Assessment of environmental quality.
  • Dr. Pratyush Patanakar
    Title: Role of zoos in Wildlife Education & Conservation. (25-30 Students). Zoos – From Past to Present and Future, Zoo Management – An Overview, Role of Zoos in Ex-situ Conservation, Role of Zoos in Education & Zoo-nomics (Zoo Economics).
  • Peter Smetacek
    Introduction to world of Butterflies and its Taxonomy
  • Dr Gururaja G V
    Species Distribution Modelling, a Primer
  • Tariq Ahmed
    Introduction to Echo-location in Bats
  • Swati Saini
    Basic of GIS and Remote Sensing

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