Experience

Fellowships, Awards & Distinctions

  • The highly prestigious and extremely competitive Royal Society Newton International Post Doctoral Fellowship November, 2016
  •  The immensely prestigious and competitive Newton – Bhaba PhD Placement Fellowship for pursuing research at the Newcastle University, UK at the insect neuroethology laboratory from September to December, 2015.
  • Parkyn Bursary focal student researcher appreciation at the INTECOL, 2013 meeting in London, UK by the British Ecological Society.
  • Sudev Bhushan Ghosh Young Scientist Award by Zoological Society, Kolkata, 2012-2013.
  • Awarded the prestigious DST-INSPIRE Fellowship for pursuing PhD, March 2011, by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India.
  • First Class FirstGold medalistUniversity of Calcutta, Master of Science (Zoology), 2010 examination. Secured the highest marks in the M.Sc. Zoology examination at the University of Calcutta.
  • K. C. Ghose Memorial Medal awarded by the Zoological Society, Kolkata, 2010.
  • First Class ThirdUniversity of Calcutta, Bachelor of Science, Zoology (Hons.), 2008. Secured the third highest marks in the B.Sc. (Hons.) Zoology examination, University of Calcutta.
  • Distinction Award for scoring the highest in the Zoology Department, Asutosh College, 2008 in the Zoology Honours examination, University of Calcutta.

Conferences

  • Presented two posters at the “6th Annual Post Doc Research Symposium and Vendor Show” organized by OSU Post Doctoral Association, Oregon State University, USA on October 4th, 2017.
  • Participated at the American Bee Research Conference by American Association of Professional Apiculturists, Galveston, Texas, USA in January 2017.
  • Presented a platform talk at the honey bee workshop organised by the Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology, Japan in April, 2016.
  • Presented a platform talk at the first meeting of the UK – India Initiative in Agroecology by the British Ecological Society and Society for Agroecology, India on 21stFebruary, 2015 at the University of Calcutta.
  • Presented a poster at the Joint 2014 Annual Meeting of the British Ecological Society and Société Française d’Ecologie from 9 – 12 December at Grand Palais, Lille, France.
  • Presented a platform talk at “Pollinators in Agriculture” conference organized by Association of Applied Biologists at Brussels, Belgium from 01-03 April, 2014.
  • Presented a speed talk at INTECOL, 2013 held at London, UK, 18th – 23rd August 2013.
  • Presented a poster at Young Ecologists Talk and Interact (YETI), 5th – 7th October, 2010 at IISc Bangalore, India.

Workshops

I. Workshop organization

  • Helped organize and participated in 3-day workshop “Scientific writing in agroecology” organized by the Indo-Norwegian Cooperation Programme 2014 (INCP) from March 2nd – 4th, 2016.
  • Helped organize and participated in 3-day workshop “Action learning in agroecology” organized by the Indo-Norwegian Cooperation Programme 2014 (INCP) from February 24th – 26th, 2015.
  • Helped organize and participated in the first meeting of the UK – India Initiative in Agroecology by the British Ecological Society and Society for Agroecology, India from February 21st – 23rd, 2015 at the University of Calcutta.

II. Workshop participation

  • Participated in the honey bee workshop and the honey bee artificial insemination workshop organized by the Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology, Japan from April 6th – 12th, 2016.
  • Participated in 3-day workshop on Application of Statistics in Life Sciences, held on September 25th – 27th, 2013 organized by Zoological Society, Kolkata and Dept. of Zoology, University of Calcutta in collaboration with Indian Association for Productivity, Quality and Reliability.
  • Participated in 4-day India – UK scientific seminar held at Trivandrum, Kerala on Biology of Tropical Pollination : From Individuals to Networks organized by DST, India and Royal Society, UK from February 19th – 22nd, 2013.

Extension and Outreach

The Honey Bee Lab at OSU is always ready to volunteer and extend help to beekeepers, researchers and bee enthusiasts. Our laboratory has expertise, patience and enthusiasm to reach out. Feel free to contact us at OSU Honey Bee Lab.

 

My Outreach and Extension experience

 

2013 – 2015: Helped organize and participated in various farmer awareness programs, beekeeper trainings and farmer training programs across various Eastern states in India. This project comprised of a large team and was funded by the Darwin Initiative Grant, DEFRA, Govt. of UK and was coordinated by Prof. Parthiba Basu and Dr. Barbara Smith (collaboration between University of Calcutta, India and Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK).

 

2012: Interaction at day long seminars with school children to spread environmental and pollinator awareness.

Teaching and Mentoring

2017

Training undergraduate students at the OSU Honey Bee Lab

I train the undergraduate students in the laboratory in research related to honey bee nutrition when required

2015

Taught module 4 (Threats to pollinators) at the 6 months certificate course on pollination biology at the Centre for Pollination Studies, University of Calcutta. Along with teaching the module, my responsibilities were to define and develop the lectures and courses for module 4, guide the students in understanding the various threats to pollinators and encourage them in understanding the problems. I also evaluated their course examination answer scripts.

2014

Supervised one student intern at the Ecology Research Unit, University of Calcutta. I guided and trained the student in bee behavior and helped develop field skills. I also helped the student to develop ecotoxicological experimental skills. I guided the student into achieving great results in the experiments. The student published with us and is now pursuing PhD in a related field in University of Tennessee (Knoxville).

2013 – 2015

Trained three M.Sc. (Zoology) Ecology special paper students each year in honey bee biology and behavior at the Ecology Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta. My responsibilities were to encourage students in understanding the uniqueness of the honey bee model system, develop their skills in insect physiology and behavior, guide them through the experiments and most importantly develop their troubleshooting skills. Many of these students are now pursuing PhD.

August, 2010 – July, 2012

Guest lecturer in Zoology (Hons.), Asutosh College, University of Calcutta, 92 Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Road, Kolkata 700026, India. My responsibilities were to develop animal behavior course, deliver lectures on subjects pertaining to animal behavior, ecology, developmental biology and ecotoxicology. I communicated with the students and helped solve their problems. I also evaluated the examination answer scripts.

Seminars

  • Presented a talk entitled “Impacts of stressors on pollinator health, behavior and nutrition” at the 2017 Fall Seminar Series, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, USA on September 26th, 2017.
  • Participated in Zoology Colloquium – 2016 hosted by the Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta from September 15th – 16th, 2016.
  • Participated in and hosted the National Level Young Scientists’ Meet 2016 : Hiralal Chaudhuri Commemorative Conference organised by the Zoological Society Kolkata and Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta from February 4th – 6th, 2016.
  • Participated in University Grants Commission’s 1-day seminar on “Advanced Seminar on Research Updates: 2015” organized by Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta, on March 31st, 2015 at Kolkata, India.
  • Presented a paper at (and successfully awarded) Sudev Bhushan Ghosh Young Scientist Award held on February 28th, 2014.
  • Participated at the seminar on Research Updates, 2014 organized by and held at Dept. Of Zoology, University of Calcutta on March 29th, 2014.
  • Participated in 1-day seminar on Ecological Modeling & Analyses held at Dept. of Zoology, University of Calcutta on March 1st, 2014.
  • Participated in Spring Talks @ CU Zoology 2013, on March 23rd, 2013 organized by and held at Dept. of Zoology, University of Calcutta
  • Participated in 100th Indian Science Congress, held at University of Calcutta from January 3rd – 7th, 2013.

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