The Centre for Ecological Sciences at IISc has a herbarium with a large collection of over 16000 species of plants from Karnataka, Western and Eastern Ghats and other parts of peninsular India. Over the past twelve years, Prof. Sankara Rao, a retired professor from the Biochemistry department of IISc and an expert botanist, and his small team of volunteers, have been digitizing the entire collection and produced a Digital Flora of Karnataka that is freely available online (http://florakarnataka.ces.iisc.ac.in).
Dr. Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel, a CES alumnus, has been awarded one of Nepal's prestigious honours "Nepal Bidya Bhushan Padak" (KA category, year 2018) for her PhD thesis work. The award was given by the President of Nepal, Bidya Devi Bhandari on the occasion of the National Education Day and International Literacy Day, on behalf of the Government of Nepal (Ministry of Science and Technology).
We are delighted that Dr Anindita Brahma, an alumnus of CES who did her PhD with Prof Raghavendra Gadagkar, has been awarded two prestigious fellowships: Marie Curie fellowship (Europe) and Fulbright-Nehru fellowship (US).
She has chosen to take up the Fulbright fellowship for her postdoctoral research work. She will be working with Dr Daniel J.C. Kronauer, The Rockefeller University, New York on a project titled "Modulators of the route towards social parasitism: a study with the clonal raider ant Ooceraea biri"
We are delighted that Dr Jaideep Joshi, an alumnus of CES who did his PhD with Prof Vishwesha Guttal, has been awarded a prestigious Marie Curie fellowship.
Jaideep will be pursuing his postdoctoral research in Austria/UK, mentored by Prof Ulf Dieckmann (IIASA, Vienna, Austria) and Prof Iain Colin Prentice (Imperial College London). His research topic is “Assessing the global vulnerability of forests to drought using Plant Functional Trait Evolution (Plant-FATE)”.