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Krushnamegh Kunte: I am a naturalist broadly interested in the biology of butterflies. I received my PhD in Integrative Biology from the University of Texas at Austin, USA, in 2008. I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, USA, until 2011. In 2012 I joined the faculty at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru (=Bangalore), as a Ramanujan Fellow. My research lab at NCBS investigates speciation and morphological diversification in butterflies. I have authored dozens of research papers and three books on butterflies. Read more at or contact me by email if you want to learn more about my research and writing, the Indian Foundation for Butterflies, this website or Indian butterflies.


Purnendu Roy: I am a UK resident, but as a child I regularly visited Kolkata and later on in my teenage years spent most summer holidays in Manipur, Nagaland and  Arunachal Pradesh. I have a passion for the eastern himalaya not just in butterflies, but also for the culture and landscape.  Me and my partner run a small shop trading with social enterprises from around the world.
GauravAgavekar Gaurav Agavekar: I have completed my BSc in Microbiology from University of Pune and currently I am working in Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte's lab at NCBS, Bengaluru, as a project trainee. During this academic hiatus, I am trying to get some research experience and learn various techniques used in Biology. As a young naturalist I have always been fascinated by the diversity we have among Indian butterflies which encouraged me to start studying butterflies seriously from the past couple of years. My main interests are ecology, evolution and genetics of butterflies.


Ullasa Kodandaramaiah: I did my PhD on butterfly phylogenetics and biogeography in 2009 from Stockholm University, Sweden. I am currently doing my postdoctoral work in Cambridge University, UK. My broad interests are in the field of evolutionary biology and I have worked on various aspects including biogeography, phylogentics, population genetics, wing-pattern evolution, butterfly-Wolbachia interactions, etc. Born and brought up in Bangalore, I did my B.Sc in Forestry from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. Email me or visit my website if you want to learn more about my work. 


Kalesh S.: I was born and brought up in the 'God's Own Country' of Kerala in southern India. Formally trained as a surgeon, you will find me chasing Hesperiidae when not doing surgery. I have been working on butterflies for about 10 years and have written a few papers on butterflies of southern Western Ghats, especially their early stages and larval host plants. Besides butterflies, I love frogs, birds, reptiles, moths and gardening, especially orchids. I love trekking, painting, playing guitar. I'm presently a member of the Travancore Natural History Society (TNHS), working for nature conservation and education. Email me or visit my blog if you want to know more about butterflies of Kerala.
RudraprasadDas Rudra Prasad Das: I was born and brought up in a small village in Howrah District, West Bengal. I completed my M.Sc. in Zoology from University of Calcutta, and now I am doing doctoral research on butterfly communities of West Bengal. I am also documenting butterfly diversity in north-eastern India. Apart from my work on butterflies, I love birds, damselflies, dragonflies and spiders, and I have briefly studied red panda and Manipur brow-antlered deer. For the last five years I have worked with several NGOs such as Nature Mates, iREBEL and Prakriti Samsad in the field of nature conservation, animal welfare and wildlife management in rural and urban areas. Macro insect photography and trekking are my hobbies. Email me if you want to learn more about my work.

Hemant Ogale: I am a mechanical engineer by training and I worked at Bajaj Auto in Pune for seven years before I found my calling. In 2003 I returned to my hometown Amboli in south-western Maharashtra and started a small resort, Whistling Woods. Since then I have been documenting amphibians, reptiles, plants and butterflies in the Amboli area, which is quite biodiverse. Since 2009 I have started to study butterfly diversity of Amboli at various altitudes, their early stages, larval host plants and variation in preferred host plants. I am a member of the Malabar Nature Conservation Club, an NGO from Amboli, which conducts environment awareness programs in the local school and elsewhere in our town.


Milind Bhakare: I am a medical doctor by profession but I have been an amateur lepidopterist for over 10 years. I have extensively studied lifecycles of butterflies of the northern Western Ghats. I have also surveyed and photographed butterflies in the Himalaya, contributing to several species rediscoveries. Email me if you want to learn more about my work on Indian butterflies.


Saji Kandoth: I am a Homoeopathic Post Graduate from Kozhikode District, Kerala, interested in butterflies, especially their early stages. Visit my Flickr photo albums or email me to see my pictures.


Vijay Barve: I am an IT professional by training and nature lover by heart. My interests are biodiversity documentation, databases, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and citizens science. After completing Masters in Computer Science from University of Pune, I worked with Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT). I have also been associated with organizations such as WWF India, BNHS, RANWA, GBIF and MonarchWatch in different capacities. I was part of the core team to initiate DiversityIndia  in 2001 and have been coordinator since then.


Rohan Lovalekar: I survey and monitor butterflies in the northern Western Ghats. I have especially been studying their species richness and seasonal occurrences, and swarming and migratory behavior of Crow (Euploea) and Blue Tiger (Tirumala) butterflies. I am based in Chiplun in the coastal Konkan region of  Maharashtra, and work at the Bank of Maharashtra. I also volunteer with the  Chiplun-based nature-related NGO, Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra.

 Rohit Girotra

 Rohit Girotra: I am originally from Hyderabad, settled in Bangalore for more than 10 years now. I am a management professional with over 16 years of experience in logistics, banking and order management fields, currently working with Oracle India in their Finance division. I am an avid nature lover and feel very passionately about butterflies. I have been photographing butterflies in Karnataka from 2010 onwards. Since 2012 along with a few like-minded individuals, I have been studying seasonal population and community dynamics of butterflies in Bangalore.


Vivek Sarkar: I am from Coochbehar, northern West Bengal, where my mother inspired me to observe butterflies and my father provided opportunities to visit the nearby forests at an early age. From 2006 I started photo-documentation of butterflies and cicadas from Bengal, Bangaluru, Nagarahole National Park, Odisha and NE India. Recently I finished my Masters in Wildlife Biology from North Orissa University, and now I am engaged in wildlife and conservation projects in Odisha. In 2012 I published my first book, "Butterflies of Bonai", which is the first field guide on Odisha butterflies. Email me if you want to know more about my work.

Sanjay Sondhi: I am Dehradun-based naturalist with an interest in writing and photography. Though an engineer by qualification, I quit my job in 2008 to devote myself to nature conservation and environment protection. I am mainly interested in birds, Lepidoptera and herpetofauna. I have co-authored books on birds of Pune, biodiversity of Uttarakhand, and butterflies of the Garo Hills, Pakke Tiger Reserve and Uttarakhand. I am Founder Trustee of TITLI TRUST and associated with Kalpavriksh, an environmental NGO. I spend my time studying, photographing and writing about nature as well as working on conservation projects with a focus on western and eastern Himalaya. My work includes faunal surveys, conservation education, PA management plans, and man-animal conflicts. If you want to know more about my work, email me.

 TarunKarmakar Tarun Karmakar: I am a naturalist based in northern part of Bengal. I have done my bachelors in Biological Sciences from North Bengal University, currently working in Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte's Lab at NCBS, Bangalore. My one and only hobby is wildlife photography. From the days of my adolescence I have wandered through the trails of Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal and got a huge exposure of working in protected areas throughout North East India during the work tenure in NCBS. As a naturalist I am overwhelmed by diversity of Entomofauna. Now-a-days I am interested in ecology, natural history and population biology of butterflies.
ArjanBasuroy Arjan Basu Roy: My primary interest is documentation of various life forms, with main focus on butterflies. I am still a learner, but I just joined graduate school to receive formal training in biology since I was previously not trained in sciences. With Rudra Prasad Das and Prosanta Mukherjee I have authored a small book, entitled "Common Butterflies of Bengal Plains". I am a professional Printing Technologist and run my own printing business. I am also a founding member of a nature club called Nature Mates. Email me to learn more.
MedhaRao Medha Rao: I am currently an undergraduate student at St. Josephs College in Bangalore. My interests include odonates and butterflies. I have a specific interest in larval host plants of butterflies and have been documenting them in south Karnataka. Email me to know more.
Ashok Sengupta Ashok Sengupta: I am a post-graduate teacher in Computer Science in Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, presenty in Bangalore. After a BTech in Electronics and Telecom Engg, and MCA, I changed my domain to IT. I am a nature lover with special interest in butterflies, odonates, reptiles and birds. I have been documenting butterflies and especially their lifecycles in the Western Ghats and central India for the past seven years. I have started a small butterfly club in my school, through which many students have developed their interest in studying nature. You may like to visit my blog where I am documenting all my field trips.
 Paresh Churi Paresh Churi: I completed my graduation in Economics with Statistics(BA) & Event management (NIEM-Mumbai), and now run our family business in Mumbai. I am interested in studying early stages, larval host plant preferences, ecology and habitats of Indian butterflies. I have co-authored several research papers on parasitoids infecting butterfly larvae, including description of a new species of parasitoid wasp, Parapanteles echeriae Gupta, Pereira & Churi. Email me to know more about my work.

Cite this page along with its URL as:

Kunte, K. 2017. About Us: The Butterflies Of India Team. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (eds.). Butterflies of India, v. 2.31. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.

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