Aniruddha Dhamorikar When I reared my first caterpillar on a Curry tree, I knew which field of study I would opt for. I wasfascinated by the natural world around me, and when I observed something new in the field, I turned to thebooks, and when I learnt something new in the books, I turned to my father. Even today, the process of theflow of knowledge is similar, although the amount of knowledge has increased immensely. It has been agradual learning experience, from watching metamorphosis unfold, to studying the intriguing biochemicalmechanism that drives this phenomenal transformation. Back then, my study was mere bare-eyedobservations such as “a-green-coloured-fly-with-black-wings” that kept me engaged, but then I realize there’smore than meets the eye. Today, it’s “a-green-coloured-fly-with-black-wings-for-a-purpose” or, morecorrectly, “a-Dolichopodid-male-fly-with-black-wings-for-coutrship-display”. After finishing high school, I studied for Bachelor’s degree in Science, and majored in Zoology. Thethree years exposed me to the vast field of the study of animals, from little Hydras to giant Cetaceans. Myfield trips became regular, and almost compulsive. I wanted to study every creature I saw on such trips, butwhat really caught my eye were butterflies and moths. Even today, Lepidoptera are my deepest passion in theAnimal Kingdom. After successfully graduating, I opted for a Master’s degree in Zoology, majoring inEnvironmental Sciences at the University of Mumbai. This is where I could academically study theenvironmental disturbances we face today – from pollution to problems concerning wildlife. Understandingthe abiotic factors of the environment, and their impact on the biotic factors has helped me a great deal instudying how ecosystems sustain themselves, as well as interact with one another like one super-organism.Studying the anthropogenic impacts of pollutants like xenobiotics and heavy-metals on the environment hastrained me to consider all the factors for studying affected habitats. In my time outside the laboratory, Ivolunteered for World Wildlife Fund – India, to conduct nature walks for students. I was also a part of a teamstudying the biodiversity of IIT – Mumbai, funded by WWF – India. In my final year, I published a paper“Study of Odonata during monsoon in IIT – Bombay campus, Mumbai” at a state-level seminar “WonderfulWorld of Insects” in 2008. I acquired admission for Master’s in Environment and Sustainability at the University of WesternOntario in 2009. The main academic focus was on sustainability in business, how EIA is conducted, role ofengineering in sustainability and assessing ecosystem health. I and my colleagues also worked on anenvironmental consulting project “Permeable Surface Stormwater Management Feasibility Study” for the Cityof London. During my internship, I worked as a Research Technician at an NGO dedicated to wetland andwaterfowl conservation, assisting for various research projects. I also made many independent biodiversityobservations throughout the year, and documented them photographically and in writing. Nature photography is my hobby, and I use the platform of my blog “Wanderer’s Eye” to publisharticles and photographs related to the environment, such as; human-induced impacts on the environment, tocreate public awareness on the biodiversity around us, and to record my personal observations on wildlife.Currently, I am in search of a challenging work opportunity in the field of environmental sustainability, andwildlife conservation & management, to apply my knowledge and contribute to the community as well as tokeep learning about our environment. Please feel free to go through my resume, and contact me any time.
Aniruddha DhamorikarCAREER PROFILE:A self-motivated, research oriented graduate trained in environmental sciences with an extensive fieldexperience, well organized and with an experience working independently as well as in a team environment.EDUCATION:Masters in Environment and Sustainability 2009 – 2010Center for Environment and Sustainability, University of Western OntarioMaster of Science in Zoology 2007 – 2009Department of Zoology, University of MumbaiBachelor of Science in Zoology 2004 – 2007Department of Zoology, University of MumbaiSOFTWARE SKILLS: Microsoft Office GIS ArcView 9.3 (ArcMap and ArcCatalogue)EXPERIENCE:Long Point Waterfowl, Port Rowan, ON May 2010 – Aug 2010Research Technician: An active team member for various research projects; assisted with the universityfield course and conducted laboratory experiments for energetic studies. Captured Sandhill Cranes using rocket-nets, installed GPS units, conducted body measurements, leg banding, migratory tracking using Argos system, and surveying ecology of Sandhill Cranes on Manitoulin Island Sampled submerged aquatic vegetation in Lake Erie, identified and sorted samples according to species, collected and measured Dreissenid mussels, data entry and analysis Captured and installed GPS units on Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes, conducted tracking using radio transmitters and habitat characterization in Long Point region for demographic studies Cared for Eastern Hog-nosed Snake eggs, conducted test of fitness on hatchlings and released Examined aquatic invertebrate samples collected by students for the university field course Body composition analysis to determine protein, fat and mineral content of waterfowls in the Avian Energetics LabThe University of Western Ontario, London, ON Jan 2010 – Apr 2010Consulting Project: Actively participated in a consulting project “Permeable Surface StormwaterManagement Feasibility Study for the City of London”.
Aniruddha Dhamorikar Reviewed literature for preliminary analysis of permeable surfaces based on feasibility and sustainability Reviewed Functional Designs for the existing Stormwater Management Facility in London Developed Stormwater Management inventory entailing cost of construction, area, subsurface conditions and maintenance of existing facilities Provided conclusions and recommendations regarding durability, net water savings and financial analysis of permeable surfaces Presented the findings to the City of London Engineering DivisionWorld Wildlife Fund, India Sept 2008 – Feb 2009Field Researcher: Collaborated with team members for a project “Study of the Biodiversity of IIT-BombayCampus”. Habitat analysis, species identification and recording diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects Population density studies by Line Transect and Quadrat methods with the use of field GPS Reviewed research articles, data analysis, technical report writing, provided presentation along with recommendations to the authorities Interacted and conducted nature walks for residents and studentsWildlife Conservation Society, India May 2009Volunteer Field Researcher: Responsibilities include conducting field surveys for a project on “Tiger preypopulation census”. Line Transect method to determine ungulate population of a Tiger Reserve in Southern India Hands on use of wildlife research tools including rangefinder, compass and field GPS Data entry and data interpretationWorld Wildlife Fund, India Nov 2007Volunteer Nature Interpreter: Organized nature walks for participants of an environmental festival “PandaFest” by WWF, India. Provided information to other nature interpreter staff on flora and fauna of Mumbai region Moderated teams to conduct nature walks as well as provided information on biodiversity to students and school teachers
Aniruddha DhamorikarPUBLICATION:Dhamorikar, A., Gurav, G. & Quadros, G. (2008). Study of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) duringmonsoon in IIT-Bombay campus, Mumbai. In R. P. Athalye (Ed.), Proceedings of the Seminar on Wonderful World ofInsects, (pp. 85-88).CERTIFICATIONS:The Geographic Information System (GIS) Certification Course for Biologists/Ecologists,Earthquest Biological Field School, Port Burnwell, ON 2010Legislation and Certification Systems, Tavares Group Consulting Inc., London ON 2010Understanding Leadership Workshop, People & Organizational Effectiveness Consultant 2010Sustainability for Leaders – Level 1, The Natural Step, London ON 2009Chromatography and Spectroscopy, University of Mumbai, India 2007