6th & 7th August 2022 | KCRE, Agumbe

Snake research - what is it and how is it done?
What methods, tools, and techniques do scientists use to study snakes?
What does a typical day in the field look like in the life of a herpetologist?
How does all of this come together in conserving snakes and their habitats?

If you have ever wondered about these then this workshop is your answer!


  • Snake ecology sessions
  • Herping 
  • Sampling methods
  • Surveys
  • Morphological identification methods
  • Basic tools for delimiting species activities
  • Field-to-lab sessions

Course Directors

P Gowri Shankar

Course Director
Herpetologist, TEDx Speaker, TEDFellow 2020

Gowri Shankar is a wildlife biologist working on king cobras for close to two decades. He was instrumental in initiating the pioneering radio telemetry study on king cobras and was able to discover the secret life of king cobras.

He is an authority on the ecology of king cobras. He has been featured in several wildlife documentaries like the ‘King and I’, ‘Secrets of the King Cobra ‘, ‘Asia’s Deadliest Snake’, and ‘Wildest India’ by BBC, National Geographic Channel, NatGeoWild , Discovery Channel ‘Mysteries of Wild India’ and ‘The Cobra King’ by channels like the BBC, Discovery, NatGeo Wild, Animal Planet, Smithsonian and National Geographic Channel.

He is a PhD student at North Orissa University and former exchange student at Uppsala University, Sweden.
He was awarded the herpetologist of the year-2015 by the Swedish Herpetological Society. He is a TEDFellow 2020 and a TEDx speaker
More about Gowri at : http://pogirigowrishankar.wordpress.com/

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.


Age limit: Between 18  to 50 years.

Qualification: Completed STORM Module 1


Dates: 6 – 7th Aug 2022

Time : 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Maximum participants: 20 


Kālinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology

Kālinga Mane
Guddekeri, Agumbe Hobli
Thirthahalli Taluk, Shivamogga-577411



Dormitory          : Rs. 7,177/- 
Cottage              : Rs. 7,927/-

Includes Shared accommodation for 2 days (from 6th to 7th Aug 2022), all meals, workshop kit and stationary.
Excludes Travel to Guddekeri, travel from Guddekeri to Kalinga Mane, and personal expenses.  

Participation certificate will be awarded on completion of the course