8th Oct 2022 | 9 AM to 5 PM
For 13- 17 yrs

How much do you know about snakes, crocodilians, lizards, and turtles ?

With over 10,000 species and 2700 subspecies, reptiles are the second largest group of vertebrates in the world.

What kind of habitats do they live in? 
What is their life cycle like?
What do they prey upon? What techniques do they use?
How do they avoid being predated?
What kind of research is underway?                                         

Do these questions intrigue you?
If yes, then STORM Junior is for you.

At this workshop, you will get a strong foundation on reptiles through theory sessions, activities, herp walks, and herp talks. 
  • Grasp the basics and dive deep into the life of reptiles.
  • Understand the science behind why reptiles do what they do?
  • Tread into the world of herp research on snakes, turtles, crocodiles and lizards
  • Interact with researchers to find out why and how to study reptiles


For 13- 17 yrs


A Rocha Field Study Centre,
#13, Kasserguppe Village, ,
Bannerghatta (Post), Anekal (Taluk), Bangalore South-560083.



Date: 8th Oct 2022
9 AM to 5 PM

Batch size : 20


Rs. 2950/-

Includes: Lunch, beverages, snacks, program charges.
Excludes: Transport to the venue and personal expenses

Meet your Researchers

Priyanka Swamy

PhD Student, University of Mysore

Priyanka has diverse experience across ecological field and laboratory work. As part of the Phylogeography of king cobras project, she has travelled to king cobra habitats across the world and has experience with phylogenetic and population genetics tools to understand evolutionary and biogeography patterns and assist conservation prioritisation. She has also addressed questions related to diversity pattern, population structure and drivers of diversification of the Ranids of the Western Ghats and other herpetofauna.

An excellent environment educator, she has co-conducted a wide range of outreach programs for diverse audiences from school and college students, to forest officials, researchers, and enthusiasts.

She is now embarking on her PhD project on Malabar pit vipers which will mark the beginning of a topic long-awaited to be discovered.

Gowri Shankar herpetologist

Gowri Shankar

Course Designer and Director

Herpetologist, TEDx Speaker, TEDFellow 2020

Gowri Shankar is a wildlife biologist working on king cobras for close to two decades.

He has been featured in several wildlife documentaries on channels like the BBC, Discovery, NatGeo Wild, Animal Planet, Smithsonian and National Geographic Channel.

He is a PhD student at North Orissa University and a former exchange student at Uppsala University, Sweden.

He was awarded the herpetologist of the year-2015 by the Swedish Herpetological Society.