Devika works as a Conservation Scientist in the Great Indian bustard programme with WCS-India. Her interests predominantly lie in understanding human-animal interactions along with communicating behaviour change for conservation. Since she grew up in different parts of the country, she has spent most of her formative years using photography and art to capture the biodiversity around her. This enthusiasm culminated into her overall aim, which is to work towards wildlife conservation through scientific research. Eventually, she was trained as a geographer in her Bachelors, moved on to specialize as an ecologist through her Masters in Environmental Studies and Resource Management from TERI University. For the past few years, she has worked on snow leopards and their prey, extensively, in the Trans-Himalayan region of India. She says, she is constantly awestruck by the species and people that adapt to such altitudes and share the same space in such extreme climatic conditions.
Mrunal is the Conservation Assistant in the GIB Conservation Programme. She has completed Masters in Environmental Science from Institute of Science, Fort, Mumbai. She is involved in community engagement and educational activities in the GIB program in Rajasthan. In her past experiences, she had been associated with various organizations working with people and communities through different ways of people engagements. She is a National Geographic certified educator. She was involved in conducting occupancy surveys to get the ecological information of Hornbills in North Eastern states of India with the Nature Conservation Foundation. She was a part of Ovitla Landga project with Maharashtra Forest Department, where she was working with Dhangar community – one of the largest pastoral communities in India to understand the conflicts over fodder and resources in Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. She was leading the Janata Waghoba - the wise big cat program in collaboration with WCS-India, Maharashtra Forest Department and Rufford Foundation. The program was aimed at sharing information on human-leopard interactions with people through various innovative ways and stakeholder engagement from the rural landscapes of Maharashtra. The highlight of the program was involvement of the students who were known as Leopard Ambassadors in working towards creating awareness in their own villages. She has also been working with the Centre for Wildlife Studies as a Project Coordinator for Wild Shaale Conservation education program.
She has a keen interest in understanding and implementing various communication approaches in conservation programs through interdisciplinary approaches on a ground level with different stakeholders.