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Anna Ghphane joins EarthWatch project in Seychelles
Mr. Anna Gophane a Project Assistant working with Dr. BS Ingole, a senior scientist of this institute, has run an extra mile.
He was recently shortlisted by EarthWatch Institute for their project "Coral and coastal ecology of the Seychelles" as one of the volunteers.
Earthwatch is a diverse community of scientists, educators, students, businesspeople, and resolute explorers who work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific expeditions. In addition to 150 dedicated staff in the United States, England, Australia, and Japan, EarthWatch supports more than 130 scientists each year and builds networks of hundreds of students and teachers.
Anna is currently associated with Drs. David K A Barnes and Daniel Smale (from Oxford and Cambridge University respectively), leading the international group of volunteers to identify intertidal invertebrate fauna from Seychelles. The Republic of Seychelles is an Island country in the Indian Ocean with rich but little explored marine as well as terrestrial biodiversity. The country is blessed with 8 marine national parks and rich coral reef ecosystem.
Anna is busy in identification of Polyclad flatworms - one of the important group of the marine invertebrates in the group of volunteers. The species of this fauna are least explored worldwide. When asked to Anna on his present job, he said "he is enjoying this work which he foresees will help him in improvement of identification skills and comparing island biodiversity with that of Indian coastline which he has taken up back home".
NIO wishes all the best to Anna and look forward meeting him soon rich with new ideas and skills.
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