Wild IQ Online for Teens (13yrs to 18yrs)

Our planet is our only refuge. Do you want to join these researchers in conserving it?

This green and turquoise gecko is thriving in the Andaman Islands.  How did it even make the journey of 6000km from Madagascar?

Ashwini VM will help us understand this.

Sea turtles are fascinating animals that spend most of their time in the waters. How can one know what they feed on, how they find mates, do they migrate, what kind of habitats they use?
Scientists use satellite transmitters to get a peek into their lives.

Ashwini Petchiappan will tell us all these and more about their long migrations in warm waters.

Ever heard of ‘Atlantification’? Researchers at ISA, the world’s northernmost time-series station, are studying this phenomenon. They are looking at the diversity and functions of microbial organisms- mainly protists in the Arctic concerning climate change.

Cheshtaa Chitkara will take us into this unique space and reveal the diversity of life that she has been observing and monitoring.

Snake venom is a mixture of toxins. Presently the anti-venom used for treating snake bites is polyvalent. It means the anti-venom is to treat bites for the Big Four snakes of India- Common Cobra, Krait, Russell’s Viper, and Saw-scaled Viper.

Senji Laxmi has explored the toxin diversity of snake venom of the Big Four. She will unravel why the present anti-venom acts poorly and what is the need of the hour.

Grey langurs or the Hanuman Langurs, are found from the Himalayas way down to South of India. Until 2001 they were all considered as a single species, but science has proved this wrong.

Kunal Arekar pursued the Himalayan population of hanuman langurs and has shown that these langurs are different from those found in the plains. Join him to learn how he came about to research and discover this.

Milky storks are endangered wading birds. Their cousins, Painted storks, are widespread. But cross-breeding of these in a zoo of which few escaped to the wild today threatens the Milky storks.

Pratibha will tell us what they are doing to save this species from extinction! 

Sharks paint a picture of fright and ferociousness. But as diverse as they are, there are even sharks as small as 11 inches. The sad plight of over-fishing sharks and rays is a reality we need to address immediately.

Trisha Gupta will take us on this journey and tell us how we can help.

You are responsible for climate change, deforestation, pollution, and drought as much as you are part of the fascinating natural world. 

Go beyond facts. Learn how science, technology and research are finding answers for saving our planet. Interact with these ecologists to learn how they combine field and lab work in their quest for answers.

Take that first step. Learn. 

Meet your researchers

ASHWINI V MOHAN

PhD, TU Braunschweig, Germany

Her interests revolve around how and why species are distributed
where they are (biogeography), genetic diversity in island populations; how, when and what factors enable
species to diversify? (macroevolutionary patterns) and how do closely related species co-exist
without removing the other? (evolutionary ecology).

TRISHA GUPTA

PHD Student, Oxford University

A marine conservationist studying shark and ray fisheries along the Indian coastline. She is interested in using interdisciplinary
approaches for the conservation of marine life while balancing the livelihood needs of coastal communities.

KUNAL AREKAR

Research Scholar, CES, IISc

Interested in understanding how these Himalayan langurs are related to other langur species in India and
what environmental factors govern their distribution. He is also studying the role of the Himalayan river valleys
as potential barriers for gene flow among different populations of the Himalayan langur.

ASHWINI PETCHIAPPAN

Consultant, Dakshin Foundation

A sea turtle researcher at Dakshin Foundation (an NGO), specialising in using remote sensing for ecology and the environment.
She works with the Evolutionary Ecology and Biogeography Lab at IISc Bengaluru.

CHESHTAA CHITKARA

PhD student, The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

Cheshtaa wants to find out if the changing water mass or Atlantification (increase in the inflow of Atlantic water) will alter the species diversity and the networks in food webs of bigger species or is it just the harsh conditions of the Arctic that usually forces the organisms to adapt/change.

SENJI LAXME

PhD Student, Evolutionary Venomics Lab, IISc

A snake venom biologist studying and understanding the characteristics of venom toxins and the intricacies of toxin evolution.

PRATIBHA BAVEJA

PhD student, National University of Singapore(NUS)

Pratibha used bioacoustics tools to describe a new species of Myzomela on Rote Island in Lesser Sunda Islands.  She is now using Next Generation Sequencing approaches to detect how gene flow affects species integrity
in Storks in Singapore.

COURSE DETAILS

ELIGIBILITY

8th to 12th grade kids 

(13 to 17 yrs).

DATE & TIME

17th to 23rd May 2021.

5 PM to 7 PM (IST)

ONLY 25 seats!

COST: 

Rs. 1875/-

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