Advisory board

Dr. Muhamed Jafer Palot is a scientist at the Zoological Survey of India, presently stationed at its Western Ghat Regional Centre in Kozhikode. Dr. Palot has authored numerous papers on Odonatology, Herpetology and Ornithology and  has associated in the discovery of several new species of odonata. He has also authored field guides on various branches of natural history. Dr. Palot is also the Secretary of Malabar Natural History Society, Kozhikode. His contribution to nature education spans several decades.

Mr. Susanth Kumar is a well-known naturalist, expert in Ornithology, Lepidopterology, Odonatology and an active conservationist. He is a disciple of Prof. K. K. Neelakantan, the guru of birdwatchers in Kerala. He has authored numerous books on various subjects and is a regular contributor in the  print and visual media. Susanth’s writings on odonates in Mathrbhumi Weekly was one of the first to appear in Malayalam language. He is the founder of one of the earliest bird-watching groups in Kerala, Warblers and Waders and has nurtured and guided many naturalists.  Mr. Susanth is currently an associate of the Butterfly Research Center, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand.

Dr. Francy Kakkassery is Associate Professor and Head of the department of Zoology at St. Thomas College, Thrissur, Kerala. He is one of the pioneers who popularized the study of odonates in Kerala through Internet. Dr. Kakkassery’s contributions to odonatology include life history studies of certain species. He has to his credit numerous scientific papers not only in Odonatology but other branches of zoology as well. Dr. Kakkassery’s doctoral thesis was on Rotifers (Studies on Freshwater Rotifers in Kerala, 2003). He was part of the team that discovered Keraladiaptomus rangareddyi a new genus and new species of Diaptominae (Copepoda, Calanoida, Diaptomidae) from a temporary pond in Mattam, Kerala State, India. Dr Kakkassery has served in the Species Specialist Group of IUCN. His other interests include Hibiscus flowers and he is the former Indian representative of International Hibiscus Society.

Dr. K. A. Subramanian is an aquatic entomologist by training and completed his Ph.D on hill stream insect communities of the Western Ghats in 2004 from Madurai Kamaraj University. Currently he is working as a scientist at Zoological Survey of India, Southern Regional Centre, Chennai. He is broadly interested in natural history and freshwater biodiversity conservation. His specialization is on taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of dragonflies, mayflies, aquatic bugs and other aquatic insects. He is a member of IUCN Odonata Specialist Group and was involved in Redlist Assessment of Indian Odonata. Several new species of mayflies, aquatic bugs and odonates are described by him.