Nipu Kumar Das (নিপু কুমাৰ দাস)

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Nipu Kumar Das (নিপু কুমাৰ দাস)
Ph.D. Candidate
SMS Foundation Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation
nipu.das@atree.org

Research areas:

My research focuses on the systematics of terrestrial malacofauna found in the Indian region. The work also encompasses different fields including molluscan ecology, evolution, and biogeography.

Education:

  • 2016-2018: M.Sc. in Life Sciences (Zoology) | National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela, Odisha
  • 2013-2016: B.Sc. in Zoology | Gauhati University, Assam

National Level Entrance Qualifications:

  • 2018: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) | Life Sciences
  • 2017: Joint CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) for Assistant Professor | Life Science
  • 2016: Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. Programmes (IIT-JAM) | Biological Sciences

Memberships:

  • Student Member at the Malacological Society of Australasia (MSA); 2022- present
  • Student Member at the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC); 2020 – 2021

Research Grant(s) recieved:

  • Early-Career Research Award 2022 from the Malacological Society of London, UK; (£1,500)

Research Experiences:

  • 2018-2022: Junior Research Fellow (JRF, 2018-2020) & Senior Research Fellow (SRF, 2020-22) in a DBT funded project entitled "Bioresources and Sustainable Livelihoods in Northeast India"  (SMS Foundation Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE Bangalore, India). 
  • 2017-2018: M.Sc. thesis dissertation on “Screening of tea industrial wastes and polysaccharides as adsorbents for dye removal” (National Institute of Technology Rourkela, Odisha, India).
  • May-July 2017: Short term project on "Development of botanical based biopesticidal formulations (WDG and ME) for controlling Fusarium wilt in tomatoes" (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India).

    Publications (from 2018 onwards):

    a) Research articles:           

    1. Nipu Kumar Das, Barna Páll-Gergely, Fred Naggs, Richard C. Preece, Tom S. White & Neelavar Ananthram Aravind. (2021). Redescription of Acmella tersa (Benson, 1853), the type species of Acmella W.T. Blanford, 1869 (Gastropoda: Assimineidae), from Meghalaya, Northeast India. Molluscan Research, 41(4): 324-331.
    2. Nipu Kumar Das and N.A. Aravind. (2021). A new species from the Genus Georissa Blanford, 1864 (Gastropoda, Neritimorpha, Hydrocenidae) from a limestone cave of Meghalaya, Northeast India. Journal of Conchology, 44(2): 93-101.
    3. Nipu Kumar Das and N.A. Aravind. (2021). Bibliometric analysis on Indian non-marine molluscan research. The Malacologist, Bulletin of The Malacological Society of London, 76: 12 (ISSN 1759-1406) 
    b) Popular articles:

    Paper Presentations (from 2018 onwards):

    • Presented a poster presentation entitled ‘Terrestrial microsnails diversity from a limestone cave: A case study of Mawsmai cave, Meghalaya’ at National seminars on ‘Life & Life Processes: Interdisciplinary Approach for Sustainable Development’, organized by Department of Zoology, Goa University; 19-21st July 2021.
    • Presented a quick-fire talk on ‘Bibliometric analysis on Indian non-marine molluscan research’ at Molluscan Forum 2020, organized by The Malacological Society of London (MSL) and The Natural History Museum (NHM), London; 19th November 2020.

    Training & Workshops Experience (from 2018 onwards):

    • Attended Southeast Asian Malacological Conference 2022 (SAMC 2022) (online) during July 14-15, 2022.
    • Participated in a workshop on "IUCN Red List Assessor Training Workshop", organized by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Cambridge, United Kingdom; 05–08 April 2022
    • Participated in the conference "EUROMAL 2021- the 9th European Congress of Malacological Societies", 5-9th September 2021.
    • Attended a conference on "Marine Molluscs at Work: An online one-day Symposium on Molluscs in Fisheries and Aquaculture" organized by The Malacogical Society of Australasia, 22nd June 2021.
    • Participated in an online workshop on 'Use of IBIN database in Teaching, Education, Research and Conservation', organized by School of Ecology and Conservation, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore; 17-19th August 2020 .
    • Participated in an online workshop on 'Science Academies' Science Leadership Workshop (SLW)', India's first Science Leadership Program, organized by the Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, India; 22-28th June 2020.
    • Participated in a workshop on “Molecular Taxonomy” organized by ATREE Bangalore and Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) Bhubaneswar, at ILS, Bhubaneswar, Odisha; 11-15th March 2019.
    • Participated in a workshop on “Open Data Kit (ODK) for Field Researchers” organized by The Academy for Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies, ATREE, Bangalore, Karnataka; 12-14th December 2018.
    • Participated the workshop on “Quantitative Assessment and Mapping of Plant and Selected Animal Taxa and Biological Resources of Northeast India” organized by ATREE and IBSD (Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable development), at IBSD, Imphal, Manipur; July 26-29, 2018.

    Media coverage:

    My research on microsnails (Acmella and Georissa) from Meghalaya's Mawsmai cave was covered by more than 45 media platforms (both print and digital).

    Compilation of selected media coverages

       

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      ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3436-3104

      Thesis Title: 
      Systematics of the select land snail genera of the Indian region (Superfamily: Cyclophoroidea)
      Graduation Batch: 
      2019

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      Journal Articles

      Nipu Kumar Das, Barna Páll-Gergely, Fred Naggs, Richard C. Preece, Tom S. White & Neelavar Ananthram Aravind 2021 Redescription of Acmella tersa (Benson, 1853), the type species of Acmella W.T. Blanford, 1869 (Gastropoda: Assimineidae), from Meghalaya, Northeast India Molluscan Research, 41:4, 324-331, DOI: 10.1080/13235818.2021.1991255