Abhiroop Chowdhury is an Associate Professor and Assistant dean (Students affairs) at Jindal School of Environment & Sustainability. He completed his graduation in Botany (Hons.) and went on to pursue M.Sc. in Environmental System Management with special paper on Wildlife conservation, from Presidency College, University of Calcutta. He has earned his Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad in Environmental sciences as a full time research scholar with institutional fellowship after qualifying national level GATE exam. His doctoral research focused on environmental threats at Indian Sundarbans, the only abode of mangrove tigers. In the project, he investigated the extent of heavy metal pollution and their impact on the mangrove biodiversity in the region. As a part of post-doctoral research, he explored the health of semi-arid mangrove ecosystem fringing Kachchh Biosphere Reserve and tried to understand the traditional knowledge in the region pertaining to natural resource conservation.
Between 2016- 2021, he has published more than twenty articles in ‘SCOPUS’ or ‘Web of Science’ indexed journals and edited book volumes. He was awarded with ‘Inder Mohan Thapar best researcher award’ in 2016 by IIT, for his research contributions in reputed journals. In 2019, he received 1st prize for ‘show-your-skill’ competition in ‘Social work’ track, organized by Coursera- Manipal Global.
His primary research domains are Climate- change ecology, Coastal conservation planning, Mangrove restoration, Traditional knowledge and Environmental geochemistry. Over a period of last thirteen years, Abhiroop as a conservation enthusiast has explored different biodiversity rich areas and mine sites across India. As an ‘environmental consultant’ for a BMZ, Germany funded climate change resilience project, his team has experimented and perfected traditional plantation methodologies for few mangrove species at Indian Sundarbans, for improved survival rate and ‘blue carbon’ sequestration. Apart from research and social work exposures, he also has two years of teaching experience as ‘Assistant professor’ at Department of Chemistry, Manipal University Jaipur where he was teaching Environment courses to students of various multi-disciplinary programs. He is also co-supervising one doctoral research scholar. He writes frequently for popular news dailies- ‘The Statesman’ and ‘Deccan Herald’ and is in the Editorial board of research journal- ‘Frontiers of Soil Science’.
In leisure hours, Abhiroop likes to spend his time traveling to different forest areas, read historical writings, watch animations or explore truths behind supernatural phenomenon and predictive astrology.