ANANT DESHWAL

Address:
801 Phillips Ave, 
Knoxville Tennessee,37920, USA   
Email: adeshwal@utk.edu
Mobile: +1-804-928-8634

CURRENT POSITION

  • University of TennesseeKnoxville, USA  
    • Postdoctoral Scholar (2020- present)

EDUCATION:

University of Arkansas                                         Fayetteville, AR, USA  
Ph.D. Community and Conservation Ecology 
Dissertation: Ecology and Conservation of Shrubland Communities in Eastern Ghats of India
 
Bundelkhand Institute of Engineering and Technology              Jhansi, UP, India 
Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering 

RESEARCH PAPERS (Published/Accepted)

Deshwal, A., P. Panwar, and R. Kannan (2019). Black-headed Saltator (Saltator atriceps), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. 

James D.A., S.A. Bartholomew, A. Deshwal, P. Panwar (2018). Small Mammal Abundances in a Grassland and Forest Area at the Lake Fayetteville Environmental Center, Arkansas. Arkansas Academy of Sciences 72.

Deshwal A. and B. Becker. 2017. New Locality Record of Nagarjunasagar Racer (Coluber bholanathi) (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae) from Near Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh, India. Russian Journal of Herpetology, 24(3), pp.245-247.

Wiley, S., R. Kannan, D.A. James, and A. Deshwal, 2015. Foraging Behavior of Swainson's Thrushes (Catharus ustulatus) During Spring Migration through Arkansas. Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science, 69(1), pp.124-129.

Kannan R., A. Deshwal, and P. Panwar, (2020). Monograph on Crimson-collared Tanager (Ramphocelus sanguinolentusi)Version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Panwar P., A. Deshwal, and R. Kannan, In Press. Monograph on Clay-colored thrush (Turdus grayi). version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Jacobson, K. and A. Deshwal, 2014. Snake Conflict-Mitigation in India: The Knowledge of the Irula Tribe. Asian Affairs. Asian Affairs, 45(3), pp.108-111.

Deshwal A., & A.K. Nigam, 2010. Selection of suitable site in Jhansi using GPS. Indian Surveyor. January, pp.88-93. 

WORK IN PROGRESS

“Socio-economic drivers of habitat fragmentation in Eastern Ghats of India.” Article manuscript in progress, to be submitted for publication in Fall 2020.

“Management of Biodiversity in Eastern Ghats of India.” Article manuscript in progress, to be submitted in Fall 2020.

“Impact of Climate Change Induced Drought on agriculture in India.” Article manuscript in progress, to be submitted in Fall 2020.

“Changes in Land Use and Land Change Patterns in Eastern Ghats of India.” Article manuscript in progress, to be submitted in Fall 2020.

“Use of Citizen Science Data to develop Species Distribution Models.” Article manuscript in progress, to be submitted in Fall 2020.
“Patterns in Protein Components Present in Rattlesnake Venom-Meta Analysis.” Article manuscript in progress, to be submitted in Fall 2020. 

"Use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Conservation." Article manuscript in progress, to be submitted in Spring 2021.

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND STUDY

1. Fieldwork in USA for Red Crossbills, Grassland birds, Reptiles (Fall 2013 - present)
2. Fieldwork in Costa Rica (Summer 2017, Summer 2019)
3. Guiding Undergraduate Students in conducting Fieldwork in Belize (Summer 2019)
4. Study at Universidad de Costa Rica (Summer 2017)
5. Ph.D. fieldwork in India (18 months; February 2015 through December 2016)
6. Fieldwork for Red Crossbill Project in Nepal, and Bhutan (Summer 2014)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Tennessee

Lecture Course: Organismal Biology and Ecology (Fall 2020) 

           1. Teaching as an Online Course due to COVID-19
           2. Comfortable in teaching Fully Online, Face-to-Face and Hybrid teaching Modalities.
           3. Responsible for: 
                  A. Content and course syllabus design, 
                  B. Course delivery, 
                  C. Assessment settings and markings

Guest Lecture: Cell and Molecular Biology (Spring 2020)

University of Arkansas

Study Abroad Courses:                       

  Belize       
         1. Coastal Caribbean Biology (May Inter-session 2018, 2017, 2019): 
               A. Responsible for Herpetology, Tropical Ecology and Ornithology.
               B. Link of me catching Black-tailed indigo snake while on Canoe to teach more about the ecology, natural history and taxonomy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lYAk5q_VGY&t=39s)   

 Trinidad and Tobago
         1. Responsible for Weeklong Course in Tropical Biology
         2. Responsible for Herpetology, Ornithology, Tropical Ecology, Conservation
Lecture Courses:

  Principles of Biology (Summer Session 2019):
                 > Received rating of 4.82/5.0 for teaching effectiveness from Student Evaluations. 
Laboratory Courses:

   1. Microbiology (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019): 
        > Received rating of 5.0/5.0 for teaching effectiveness from Student Evaluations.

   2. Human Physiology (Spring 2018, Fall 2017): 
        > Received rating of 4.96/5.0 for teaching effectiveness from Student Evaluations. 

   3. Human Anatomy (Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Summer 2014): 
        > Received rating of 4.4/5.0 for teaching effectiveness from Student Evaluations. 

   4. Principles of Biology (Spring 2014, Fall 2013): 
        > Received rating of 4.2/5.0 for teaching effectiveness from Student Evaluations.
Responsibilities for Lecture based Courses: 

      > Independently design the course curriculum and syllabus
      > Responsible for conducting ~1-hour long lecture three times a week.
      > Responsible for maintenance of course site on Canvas
      > Responsible for setting up, conducting and grading the exams
Responsibilities for Laboratory based Courses: 

     Teaching Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
         > Responsible for conducting ~3 hours long labs twice per week.
         > Responsible for giving lecture during the lab
         > Responsible for maintenance of course site on Blackboard
         > Responsible for setting up, conducting and grading the exams

MENTORING

> Currently guiding a graduate student (University of Arkansas) in completing his master’s thesis after sudden demise of his degree advisor.
> Currently guiding 7 undergraduate students from University of Tennessee, Knoxville in conducting various ecology related projects
> Guided one undergraduate student from University of Arkansas, Fort Smith on developing a research project on snake venom and its bio-medical applications.
> Currently guiding two undergraduate students from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville on use of Marasmius for nest building in Neotropics.
> Currently guiding one High-School student conduct a study on heat conducting properties in Marasmius nest.
> Currently guiding two of my students from Physiology in to developing a research paper on stability and hearing capabilities.
> Have successfully guided a student from University of Arkansas, Fort-Smith on Swainson’s Thrush foraging ecology. The work was published in Arkansas Academy of Sciences.
> PhD student (2015), had taught a PhD student (CCMB-CSIR), field biology techniques and guidance on setting up field sites.
> Have guided multiple graduate students with analyzing their data with various statistical methods such as Multivariate Statistics, GLM, GLMR, Random Forest, GIS etc.

INVITED LECTURES AND CONFERENCES

Bird Introduction (July 2019): I was invited by Cane Hill Parks and Recreation, Arkansas to give an introductory lecture on bird watching in Cane Hill. The purpose of the lecture was to promote bird watching and increase interaction with nature.

Mathematics Department, University of Arkansas (November 2018): I gave a departmental seminar on Inter-disciplinary importance in Statistics and Biological Sciences through my research on scrubland birds in Eastern Ghats of India.

Student Conference on Conservation Science- New York (October 2018): I gave a talk on Land Change and Land Use pattern in Scrub forests of Eastern Ghats in India.

International Ornithological Congress (August 2018): Was invited to present poster on “Habitat Quantification of Shrubland birds in Eastern Ghats of India.”

Wildlife Society, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (January 2018): Was invited to speak on the ecology of scrubland birds of Eastern Ghats of India.

Salim Ali Center for Ornithology and Natural History (December 2016): Was invited to give a talk on ecology and conservation of scrubland birds in Eastern Ghats of India.

Rishi Valley School (April 2015): Was invited to give a talk on Ecology of local Herpetofauna.

Rishi Valley School (April – November 2016): Was invited to give a series of workshops on human-snake conflict management and safety practices.

INBRE Conference (October 2014): Presented Poster on stopover foraging ecology of Swainson’s Thrush.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Tropical Biology- Trinidad and Tobago (May 2018):
   > Fundraise for Arkansas Audubon Society
   > Co- leading the bird watching trip to Trinidad and Tobago
   > Responsible for Herpetology, Tropical Ecology and Ornithology.
   > Weeklong course.

Birds and Breakfast (2014, 2017, 2018, 2019): 
  > I conduct the presentations on birds of Northwest Arkansas during Birds and Breakfast.
  > Birds and breakfast is an initiative by a few graduate students in the University of Arkansas biology department to educate kids and adults alike on the beauty of birds and why we need to conserve them.

Bird Walk (July 2019): 
  > I was invited by Cane Hill Parks and Recreation, Arkansas to lead a bird walk for the people living in Cane Hill.
  > The purpose of the walk to promote bird watching and increase interaction with nature.

Z.P. High School, CTM (Winter 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013): 
   > Carried out several workshops with school kids (8thand 9th grade) related to effective conservation practices and importance of local ecology.

P.V.C Government High School, Vayalpad (Winter 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013): 
   > Carried out several workshops with school kids (8th and 9th grade) related to effective conservation practices and importance of local ecology.

Sri Sharada EM High School (Winter 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013):  
> Carried out several workshops with school kids (5th, 6th and 7th grade) related to effective conservation practices and importance of local ecology.


Rural Workshops (Winter 2012, 2016, Spring 2013, 2015, 2016; Summer 2013, 2015, 2016)
> Conducted several workshops in villages around the town of Madanapalle on the importance of conservation and proper wildlife management practices. 

Snake Conservation Workshops (Winter 2012, 2016, Spring 2013, 2015, 2016; Summer 2013, 2015, 2016): 
> Conducted several workshops in villages around Madanapalle on importance of snakes in agricultural community and why we need to conserve them.

POPULAR MEDIA





Guest Writer for Research Frontier (Fall 2018): 
  > I was invited for being guest writer for the Research Frontier.

Research Frontiers (August 2018): 
  > Got featured in Research Frontier in in August post highlighting the research work done by me on Red Crossbills in Arkansas (https://researchfrontiers.uark.edu/on-the-trail-of-the-elusive-red-crossbill/).

  > Research Frontiers (October 2016): Got featured in Research Frontier in in October post highlighting the research work done by me for my dissertation (https://researchfrontiers.uark.edu/bulbuls-and-babblers-a-bee-eater-and-more/).

Short Documentaries (2017):

  > Queen of the forest: Discussing our study on effects of herbivory on Pentaclethra macroloba (https://vimeo.com/223520155) 

  > Invasive Plants, The Coffee dilemma:  Part of the documentary featuring the study of coffee production and its impact on wildlife in Costa Rica (https://vimeo.com/223530550)

Radio Interview:

  > KUAF 91.3, NPR (April 2017): Was invited for an interview on Red Crossbills in Arkansas (http://www.kuaf.com/post/capturing-calls-red-crossbills-ozarks#stream/0).

Sound Cloud:

  > Importance of Seedlings: Presented the research on growth of legumes and non-legume seedlings in Costa Rica (https://soundcloud.com/user-622853112/the-true-ents-of-the-forest

WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE

Christmas Bird Count: Have been actively participating in Christmas Bird Count since 2013. The data collected is used for active research and conservation-based management practices.
LORIS-The Biodiversity Conservation Society (01 Aug 2012 to 31 July 2013): Worked on the Conservation Leadership Program (CLP) funded project on the ecology of the Four-horned Antelope (Tetracerus quadricornis). I studied the foraging ecology of the antelope and the effect of fire. I had worked extensively with local communities to develop conservation action plan for Four-horned Antelope. I had carried out several workshops to increase conservation and wildlife based awareness.
The Gerry Martin Project (01 May2011- 31 May 2012):  Worked as a GIS (Geographic Information System) analyst. I was also involved in the snake bite mitigation project. I worked with local communities on various snake bite awareness. I was involved in rehabilitation of lake in Bangalore. Conducted several workshops for wildlife conservation and awareness. I was also responsible for managing the local Zoo run by TGMP and leading guided tours.
Foyts Farm (01 April - 01 May 2011): As a Wildlife Researcher at Foyts Farm, located in Southern Goa (Western Ghats). I was surveying the farm and adjoining areas for the mammals, reptiles, amphibians. I was also involved with local communities in learning their way of life, interaction with natural resources, and its role in being sustainable and environmentally aware. I also studied the life cycle of Bufo melanosticus and interaction with other tadpole species.
CWS (Centre for Wildlife Studies) (01 Jan - 01 Mar 2011): Worked as a field intern (positioned in Nagarhole National Park) in CWS a partner of WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). I was involved in monitoring the distribution and abundance of prey-predator populations and threats to their habitats. I was also carrying out a study on human impact on the natural resources by the adjoining villages and tribal.  

CIVIL ENGINEERING WORK EXPERIENCE

Era Infrastructures (July 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2010): Highway Engineer. Responsible for Environmental Impact Assessment. Responsible for development of Highway in the City of Haridwar.

SKILLS

> Proficient in Multivariate and Univariate Statistics, Species Distribution Modeling
> Proficient in using Statistical Softwares: R, JMP
> GIS Software: Proficient in ARC GIS, TerrSet, Quantum GIS, ERDAS.
> Computer languages: C, C++
> Comfortable in using Canvas, Blackboard and similar Virtual Learning Environments
> Computer Skills: Proficient in MS Excel, MS Word and other basic computer applications. 

PROFESSIONAL BODIES

> Sigma-Xi, University of Arkansas and National Chapter
> American Society for Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
> American Association for Advancement of Sciences

LANGUAGES

> English (Language of instruction in School and College) 
> German (studied for 5 years) 
> Hindi   

OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS

Ongoing Projects:

Quantifying resident population of Red Crossbills in Arkansas (Spring 2017 to present): Red Crossbills are irregular migrants to Arkansas. I am trying to prove that Arkansas has a nesting and quasi-resident population of Red Crossbills. I have already found very strong evidences.
Breeding ecology of Gunther’s toad (Spring 2016 to present): Gunther’s toad are poorly known species of Eastern Ghats. I am studying their breeding ecology. The data has been collected in the process of analyzing it.
Breeding Biology of Ringed Salamanders (Fall 2015 to present): Studying the migration and breeding biology of Ringed Salamanders. Still in the process of collecting data.
Range and extent of Himalayan Crossbills (June 2014): I had done a pilot study to assess the range and extent of Himalayan crossbills. There is absolutely no information on these birds. Like most of the crossbills, these birds are nomadic. The area covered was from Central Himalayas in Nepal across Bhutan till Eastern Himalayas. 
Altitudinal variation of birds (June 2014): Data was collected for the altitudinal variation amongst birds in Himalayan range. The area covered was from Central Himalayas in Nepal across Bhutan till Eastern Himalayas. Altitudinal range for data collection was from 1000m- 5200m. The data collected would be analyzed for effects of climatic change on birds. (June 2014). 

SHORT COURSES

Organization of Tropical Studies (June-July 2017):  Undertook 6-week course on “Tropical Biology- An Ecological Approach.”
Building Conservation Leadership Capacity (April 2015): Organized by Conservation Leadership Program with a focus on developing future conservation leaders.

Other ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS   

> Was honored by school being a scholar for three consecutive years (2000-2002). 
> Was awarded the certificate of distinction in National Sciences Olympiad for two consecutive years 2000 and 2001. 
> Won second prize in Science Quiz in 1999, 2001 
> Was awarded the certificate of Proficiency for securing highest marks in Science in 1999. 
> Achieved an all India rank of 52 in EROS mathematical competition. 
> Was awarded the certificate of merit in national mathematics Olympiad 2000 and 2001

POSTS HELD 

> Founder and Student President of Asia Pacific Students Entrepreneurship Society India, BIET, Jhansi - ASES  
> Organized plays in Abhinandan (Welcome Event for First Year Students) 2007-2009.  
> Student Coordinator of Dramatics a subsidiary of Cultural sub Council, BIET, Jhansi 
> The head of the quizzing society in School