Alumni Accomplishments 2020

June 11, 2020

Newsletter issue: August 2020

Vikram Aditya started a new role in November 2019 as a postdoctoral research associate at the Government of India-funded National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.

Current awardee Muntasir Akash published an article in TBS News about threatened wildcats in Bangladesh: "Vanishing in silence: our marvellous small cats"

In December 2019, Khima Balodi was elected to Chairman of a local government body (Barangal constituency/Panchayat) in Uttarakhand state, India, and since then has made a number of improvements to conservation management in the area.

Ajay Bijoor has recently published a commentary in Mongabay India about the complex relationship between local herders and wild carnivores, particularly wolves. He has also recently released a film, shot by local filmmakers, to raise awareness about the issue and persuade locals to neutralise traditional wolf traps.

Charles Emogor (2020 awardee) and Sandra Teoh (2016 alumna) have both won Wildlife Conservation Network scholarships to support their work on Nigerian pangolins and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, respectively.

Allwin Jesudasan was promoted to Director of the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust & Centre for Herpetology in April 2020.

Sunny Joshi has been awarded an MBZ grant (USD $5,000) to support his project on community-based conservation of critically endangered white-rumped vultures in Uttarakhand, India. He has also received an Explorers Club Mamont Scholar Grant (USD $3,500) for a project on the population status and conservation of steppe eagles in the Terai Arc Landscape, Uttarakhand.

Current awardee Minh Nguyen has recently co-authored a commentary in Mongabay about the Critically Endangered large-antlered muntjac and the threats it faces in south-east Asia.

Dewi Ratna Sari received an award from the Australia Awards Grant Scheme (AU$10,000) to lead the Thresher Shark Champion Programme as part of the Thresher Shark Project Indonesia.

Rafid Shidqi has received an award from the Shark Conservation Fund (US $25,000)  (funded by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors for Oceans) and was nominated for a Smithsonian Earth Optimism Award. He was also recently appointed as the Southeast Asia representative for the Sustainable Ocean Alliance. He and his team have recently collaborated with Indonesian Ocean Pride to produce this video to raise awareness about shark conservation in Indonesia.