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Andaman and Nicobar Islands

State Director : Dr. Chandrakasan Sivaperuman


Dr Chandrakasan Sivaperuman, is currently working as Scientist-E & Officer-in-Charge at Zoological Survey of India, Andaman and Nicobar Regional Centre, Port Blair. He has received his master’s degree in Wildlife biology from Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu, and doctorate degree in Ecology of wetland birds in the Vembanad-Kole Ramsar site from the Kerala Forest Research Institute, Kerala, and Forest Research Institute, Deemed University, Dehra Dun. He served as Expert Consultant in the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Animals (CPCSEA), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India during June 2006 to April 2008. Since 2008, he is working in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and extensively surveyed in different ecosystem, Coral Reef, Forests, Mangroves, Grassland, Agroecosystem, Seagrass, Seaweed. He has been extensively involved in field surveys in different ecosystem of the country i.e., Kole wetlands of Kerala, Southern Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats, Great Indian Desert, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. He has published more than 300 research papers in national and international journals and newsletters. He also authored/edited more than 40 books published by respected national and international publishers. He has participated in 36th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica during 2016-2017 and carried out studies on the species abundance and distribution of birds and mammals in Antarctica. He has received Fast Track Young Scientist Fellowship (2006 & 2013) from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Fellowship (2011), to participate the training on Integrated Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management at Universiti of Malaysia Sabah, Sabah, Malaysia, 36th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica during December 2016 – April 2017 to study the Birds & Mammals of Southern Ocean & Antarctica (Larseman Hill & Schirmachir Oasis). Fellow Award from Andaman Science Association, Andaman & Nicobar Islands for outstanding contribution, Best performance and outstanding contribution award in the Island Tourism Festival by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration. Dr. Sivaperuman has received the highest award of Lt. Governor’s Commendation Certificate of Andaman & Nicobar Islands for recognising his exemplary contribution towards biodiversity conservation 0n 26th January 2023 Best performance in the Indira Gandhi National Forests Academy, Dehra Dun for delivering lecture for the IFS probationer & in service officers, Fellow Award from the Indian Society of Orchidology for outstanding contribution in the Islands ecosystem. He has delivered a talk on “Human-Crocodile conflict in Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary” in Asianet Global TV (in Malayalam); Jaya TV (in Tamil); Delivered a talk on “Faunal diversity of Andaman and Nicobar Islands” in Doordharsan, Port Blair (in Tamil); Delivered an interview in Rajya Sabha (RSTV) on 27th July 2019 about the activities & achievement of ANRC/ZSI; “Human-Crocodile conflict in Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary” National Geographic TV (Earth pulse series II – Episode 4). He has reported more than 80 new records to India, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Kerala & Great Indian Desert from various faunal group especially birds, mammals, moths, wasp, odonates. He also reported new species of frog, tree shrew, termites, earthworm, butterflies, moth etc. He has inspected more than 50 research labs of animal house facilities such as pharmaceutical companies, Medical College, Veterinary College, arts & science college. He was main force to bring the guidelines for the animal house facilities and syllabus for the training course in respect of experimentation on animals. He is a recognized supervisor for Ph.D. research under the Pondicherry University and nine candidate completed Ph.D., and four are under pursuing. Also, he has guided for several Master degree, and Under graduate students for dissertation and internships. He has successfully conducted certificate course on Para-Taxonomist including PBR; Bird Identification and Basic Ornithology under the Green Skill Development Programme of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, training workshop on Costal and Marine Biodiversity of Island ecosystem sponsored by MoEF&CC. Workshop on Bird identification and Basic ornithology under accelerate vigyan by SERB, Department of Science and Technology. Training for IFS Probationers, and in-service IFS officers since 2017 for the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy on Biodiversity of A & N Islands and possible collaboration with ZSI. Training on schedule animals to the CISF posted in Airport & Sea Port in Andaman (Two batches) during 2018; Indian Coast Guard, IRBn, Andaman and Nicobar Police, Andaman and Nicobar Forests Department. He has organised many National and International seminar/symposium/workshop in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and also coordinated in mainland. He is a State Coordinator for Asian Waterbirds Census, conducted by Wetland International and Bombay Natural History Society. He has participated and presented research papers at 100 national and international seminars/ symposia/webinars. He is life member of various scientific societies in India and abroad. He also successfully completed 10 major research projects funded by SERB, Department of Science and Technology (Fast Tract Young Scientist Scheme), Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, Ministry of Defence, besides several internal research programmes. Conceptualized and bringing “National Coral Reef Research Institute” to the islands, through Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India which would give recognition to the islands not only Nationally but also Globally. In addition, it is also proposed to develop state-of-the-art Interpretation Centre to showcase marine biodiversity, Live Aquarium, Coral Museum. He has Established Molecular Systematics Laboratory in ZSI, Port Blair which will increase our understanding of eco-evolutionary processes of the long-isolated, environmentally diverse, and rich biodiversity of this island ecosystem. Initiated to creation of ENVIS Centre (Environmental Information System) in ZSI, Port Blair through MoEF&CC, Government of India. Through ENVIS centre the following works will be disseminated, i.e., inventory of authentic information on the Biodiversity of A&N Islands, providing baseline information for the researchers, academicians etc., undertake various application-oriented research on biodiversity, awareness workshop, seminar to the school, college students and general public, ENVIS Centre will also be helpful to identify an area to promote eco-tourism and to enhance the revenue of government. Recently, Hon’ble Union Home Ministry has inaugurated the National Repository for Island Faunal Diversity, which host the voucher specimens of fauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and adjacent southeast Asian countries. These voucher specimens form the basis for research on evolution, speciation, distribution, taxonomy, systematics, ecology and evolutionary biology. Besides, this repository building also will be used as museum through LED display of endemic, endangered fauna of this archipelago.

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