ANANT DESHWAL

Address:
635 N Whitham Ave. Apt 5, 
Fayetteville Arkansas,72701, USA   
Email: adeshwal@uark.edu
Mobile: +1-804-928-8634

EDUCATION:

Graduate degree (2013- present): University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Ph.D. Candidate at Department of Biological Sciences
Current GPA: 3.846/4.0

Undergraduate degree (2006-2010): Bundelkhand Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jhansi
Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering
Percentage: 72.4% (I-Divison)

PhD Dissertation:

I am studying the ecology of bird communities in thorny hill scrub habitat of Peninsular India. I am also, developing effective conservation and wildlife management practices through the study of the socio-economic structure of human settlements near forests.

RESEARCH PAPERS (Published/Accepted)

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.

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.

Deshwal, A., P. Panwar, and R. Kannan, In Press. Monograph on Black-headed Saltator (Saltator atriceps).version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Kannan R., A. Deshwal, and P. Panwar, In Press. 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.

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.

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

RESEARCH PAPERS (In preparation/In Review Process)

Deshwal, A. andD.A.James. New method to identify of generalist and specialist bird species in Michigan old fields.

 Deshwal, A. et al.New Method to study the behavioral response of Crocodylus acutus (Cuvier, 1807) in Costa Rica. The study is being reviewed by Copeia.

Deshwal A., P. Panwar, J. Neal, R. Kannan, K.G. Smith. Irruptive Migration of Red Crossbills. Are Red Crossbills breeding in Arkansas?

Deshwal, A. and D.G. Olaechea. Physiological effect of sediment deposition on leaves of a Neotropical fern Tectaria incisa.

Deshwal, A. Macro-geographic variation in the song dialect of common hawk-cuckoo (hierococcyx varius varius) across Indian subcontinent.

Deshwal, A., T. Block, E. Schumacher, L.V. Mieden. Stable dominance hierarchies in hummingbirds at artificial feeders.

James, D.A. and A. Deshwal.Quantification and ordination of common bird species corresponding to habitat characteristics in Michigan old fields.

James, D.A., R. Kannan, and A. Deshwal. Identification of generalist and specialist bird species in Belize.

James, D.A., R. Kannan, and A. Deshwal. Quantification and ordination of common bird species corresponding to habitat characteristics in Belize old fields.

Deshwal, A., A short note on range extension of the gecko species Hemidactylus reticulatesis being sent to Herpetological Review.

Created map for the research paper “Distribution, Morphology, and Natural History of the Medo Pit Viper, Viridovipera medoensis(Viperidae, Crotalinae) in Arunachal Pradesh, Northeastern India” published in International Reptile Conservation journal.

AWARDS And SCHOLARSHIPS

Research fund from Ozark Ecological Restoration Inc. (October 2017, January 2018, May 2018, October 2018), research fund for studying the quasi-resident population of Red Crossbills in Arkansas. Received $1000.

Research Fund from Arkansas Academy of Sciences (Spring 2018), research fund for studying the quasi-resident population of Red Crossbills in Arkansas. Received $700.

Hillman Yowell Award for Excellence in Teaching (Spring 2018),Was nominated from Department of Biological Sciences for the outstanding performance as a Teaching Assistant.

Octa Norma Tuition Scholarship (Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016),awarded by Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville for outstanding graduate student. Received $4,400

Outstanding Graduate Student (Fall 2015),Was nominated for the Outstanding Graduate Student Award within the Department of Biological Sciences.

Travel Grant (Fall 2014, Fall 2018),awarded by Graduate School and Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to travel to International Ornithological Conference held in Tokyo. Received $2,200

G.T. Johnson Memorial Endowed Scholarship (2013), awarded by Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville for outstanding first year graduate student. Received $3000

Doctoral Academy Fellowship (2013),awarded by University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Department of Biological Sciences. Received $40,000

Conservation Leadership Programme (2011), was part of the team that was awarded Conservation leadership follow-up award for the study of Four-horned Antelope in Eastern Ghats of India. Received $15,000

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Teaching Study Abroad Courses:

  • In Belize
    • Coastal Caribbean Biology (May Inter-session 2018, 2017, 2019):
      • Faculty Leader, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
      • Week long course in Tropical Caribbean Biology.
      • Responsible for students from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and Fort Smith.
      • Responsible for Herpetology, Tropical Ecology and Ornithology.
      • 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 (May 2018)
    • Week long course in Tropical Caribbean Biology.
    • Responsible for Herpetology, Tropical Ecology and Ornithology.

Microbiology (Fall 2018)

  • 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 setting up, conducting and grading the exams

Human Physiology (Spring 2018, Fall 2017):

  • 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 setting up, conducting and grading the exams.

Human Anatomy (Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Summer 2014)

  • 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 setting up, conducting and grading the exams.

Principles of Biology (Spring 2014, Fall 2013):

  • 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 setting up, conducting and grading the exams.

Undergraduate and Graduate students guided:

  • Currently guiding 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 of my students from Physiology in to developing a research paper on stability and hearing capabilities.
  • 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:

Mathematics Department, University of Arkansas (November 2018): I am invited to present a talk 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 am invited to give 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.

ORGANIZATIONS:

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society (Since March 2018):Full Membership

International Ornithological Congress (Since August 2018):Member

POPULAR MEDIA:

Guest Writer for Research Frontier (Fall 2018):I have been invited for being guest writer for the Research Frontier. I will be writing about Research being conducted.

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/).

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)

Sound Cloud:

Radio Interview:

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/).

COMMUNITY OUTREACH:

Tropical Biology- Trinidad and Tobago (May 2018):

  • Co- leading the bird watching trip to Trinidad and Tobago
  • Responsible for Herpetology, Tropical Ecology and Ornithology.
  • Week long course.

Z.P. High School, CTM (Winter 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013):  Carried out several workshops with school kids (8thand 9thgrade) 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 (8thand 9thgrade) 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, 6thand 7thgrade) 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.

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.

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 (Aug 2012 to 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 was also involved in understanding the dependence of local communities on forest and carried out several conservation awareness programs.

The Gerry Martin Project (May2011- 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.

Foyts Farm (April – May 2011):As a wildlife resource person 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) (Jan – 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.

Other Research Projects:

Ongoing Projects:

Quasi-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: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. (June 2014).

Altitudinal variation of birds: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).

Completed Projects:

Case study regarding the bottleneck in setting up of SEZ: The project was carried out under the guidance of Professor Ashwin Mahalingam, IIT Madras dealt with the study of the legal, economic hurdles the companies face during setting up of SEZ and what all measures and steps can be taken to minimize these hurdles. (May – Dec 2008)

Low Cost Housing: The carried out under the guidance of Prof. A.K. Nigam, Dean, BIET. Jhansi dealt with the study of the low-cost housing to help in the development of the poverty-stricken areas of India by providing structurally safe but economically viable houses. (April 2009)

Design of multi storey car parking: The project encompassed the design of the multi storey car parking under the guidance of Prof. A.K. Nigam, Dean, BIET, Jhansi. The project involved the study of parking difficulties in various cities and then designing of the suitable car parking for one such city. (2009-2010).

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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.

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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

OTHER SKILLS:

  • Proficient in Multivariate and Univariate Statistics.
  • Proficient in using Statistical Softwares: R, JMP
  • GIS Software: Proficient in ARC GIS, TerrSet, Quantum GIS, ERDAS.
  • Computer languages: C, C++
  • Computer Skills: Proficient in MS Excel, MS Word and other basic computer applications.

LANGUAGES:

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