Paromita Ray

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Paromita joined WCS-India in December, 2018 as a Research Associate, to lend support to the Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking program. She is an aquatic ecologist with over 5 years’ experience on a broad range of topics including community ecology of fishes, ecosystem-based conservation of freshwater and coastal resources, impacts of climate change on mangroves and associated species including their vulnerability assessment, socio-economic surveys of artisanal fishermen, as well as understanding ecology of threatened mammals associated with wetlands.She has completed M.Sc in Environmental Studies from University of Delhi in 2009, and currently pursuing her PhD from Saurashtra University and Wildlife Institute of India on the ecology and distribution of fishes in a mangrove forest in Andhra Pradesh. Her primary research interests lie in understanding the patterns and processes in fish communities, linkages between freshwater and marine ecosystems, and studying the long-term impacts of river regulation and fragmentation on aquatic communities. She is also interested in community-based management and conservation of freshwater resources in the Eastern Ghats – a lesser known landscape in India. In that regard, she is a part of a project to conserve the threatened freshwater fish species in Andhra Pradesh. This project has been supported by grants received from the Conservation Leadership Programme and Ruffords.

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