Anirban Roy

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Dr. Nirmalya Chatterjee

  • Fellow, ATREE Eastern Himalayas
  • Ecosystem Services & Human Wellbeing
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Anirban Roy
Doctoral Scholar
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The primary objective of my thesis is to understand the dynamics of long-term carbon sequestration in tree biomass and soils of afforested and reforested tracts obtained through different forest plantation methods in comparable eco-regions in peninsular India. I plan to quantify carbon sequestered in above- and below-ground biomass and estimation of topsoil and deep-soil carbon in plots managed under different forest plantation methods over a spectrum of stand ages to come up with the 'best' reforestative practice in a given landscape.

Education: 2017-19: 2 years M.Sc Botany (Specialization: Cytogenetics and Plant Biotechnology)- University of Mumbai, Maharashtra
2013-17: 4 years Integrated B.Sc. B.Ed. (Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Professional Education) - Regional Institute of Education (NCERT) Bhubaneswar, Odisha 


Popular Science: 

1. Mohapatra, A.K. and Roy, Anirban (2015). Capuchin Monkeys: The New World Primates. Science Horizon (Odisha Bigyan Academy), 2: 11-16.

2. Mohapatra, A.K. and Roy, Anirban (2015). Platypus: The Animal of Confusions. Science Horizon (Odisha Bigyan Academy), 3: 17-24.

3. Mohapatra, A.K. and Roy, Anirban (2015). Novel Therapy for River blindness and filariasis (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - 2015; Part I). Science Horizon (Odisha Bigyan Academy), 11: 7-16.

4. Mohapatra, A.K. and Roy, Anirban (2016). Novel Therapy for Malaria (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - 2015; Part II). Science Horizon (Odisha Bigyan Academy), 6: 23-27.

5. Goswami, M. and Roy, Anirban (2016). The Secret of Electric Jolt of Electric Fishes. Science Reporter (CSIR), 53 (05): 38-40.

6. Roy, Anirban (2016). Accidental Discoveries in Medical Science. Dream 2047 (Vigyan Prasar), 19 (08): 25- 28 (Indexed in Scopus).

7. Goswami, M. and Roy, Anirban (2017). How do they know where they are flying. Science Reporter (CSIR), 54 (07): 31-32.

8. Mohapatra, A.K. and Roy, Anirban (2017). Opah: The World’s First Warm-Blooded Fish. Science Horizon (Odisha Bigyan Academy), 2 (5): 30-35.

9. Mohapatra, A.K. and Roy Anirban (2017). Prof. Obaid Siddiqui, the Legendary Molecular Biologist. Science Horizon (Odisha Bigyan Academy), 2 (12): 67-70.

10. Roy, Anirban (2018). How the Geckos climb the wall. Dream 2047 (Vigyan Prasar), 20 (10): 27-28 (Indexed in Scopus).

11. Roy, Anirban and Ojha, Srikant (2018). To draw or not to draw. Science Reporter (CSIR), 55 (1): 26-27.

Research Papers: 

1. Mohapatra, A.K. and Roy, Anirban (2019). Exploring Drawing Skills and Mental Images of Secondary Students on Human Digestive System through Hand Drawing. Journal of Indian Education, XLIV (2): 94-108. 

Under Review:

1. Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology: Ojha, S., Roy, A. and Mohapatra, A.K. (NA). Environmentally relevant concentrations of Cadmium impair morpho-physiological development and metamorphosis in Polypedates maculatus (Anura, Rhacophoridae) tadpoles

2. Ethnobotany Research and Applications: Roy, A. and Janbandhu, S. (NA). An Ethnobotanical Analysis on Flora-Medicine Continuum among the tribal inhabitants of Ratnagiri and Palghar District, Maharashtra, India. 

3. Voice of Teacher and Teacher Educators: Roy, A. and Singh, S. (NA). Investigating the learning gaps of Senior-secondary children through original biological images: What really lacks?

4. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology: Kavali, P.S., Roy, A., Pasquo, M., Gurumurthy, G.P., Sharma, G. & Kumar, A. (NA). New age constraints of Talchir Formation from Wardha Basin of Central India applying palynozones calibrated with radio-isotopic data of Gondwana.

5. Contemporary Education Dialogue: Roy, A. and Mohapatra, A.K. (NA). Pre-service Trainee Teachers’ Perspective on ‘Study from Home’ during the COVID-19 Pandemic, “Home or Classrooms: How does it differ?”

6. Journal of Turkish Science Education: Roy, A. and Mohapatra, A.K. (NA). Biology Concept Inventories reveal students’ Misconceptions about Reproduction: A pedagogical cycle of Identification, Mitigation and Eradication.

7. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências: Di Pasquo M., Kavali P.S., Dino R., Shivanna M., Pedãrao E., Roy A. (NA). Faunipollenites Bharadwaj 1962 and Protohaploxypinus Samoilovich 1953 emend. Morbey 1975: Morphologic comparison of oxidized and nonoxidized specimens from India and Brazil, and its taxonomic importance.

Research Experiences and Internships

April’ 2019 : Hypothesizing the effects of Evolutionary Isolation of Hosts on Colonizer Phenotypes in the Temperate ecosystems. (Universite de Rennes 1, Rennes, FRANCE

The objective was to analyse the effect of evolutionary distances between host (oak) trees and neighbours on the phenotypes of colonizers (caterpillars), thereby deducing the concept of Island Biogeography.

Jan’ 2019: Reconstruction of Vegetation and Evolutionary patterns of Terrestrial Ecology of Gondwana basin in India (Master's Thesis). (Birbal Sahni of Palaeosciences, Lucknow, INDIA)

Deciphering the vegetation, climatic regimes and functional ecology of Gondwana basin through geological time scale ranging from early Carboniferous to late Permian period, through Palynochronological and Stratigraphic correlation.

May’ 2018: Impacts of Grazing and Altitudinal transition on Herbaceous communities in different topographic regimes of Western Himalayas, India. (Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, INDIA)

The study analyzed the effect(s) of large herbivore grazing and elevational gradients on diversity metrics of herbs in Tungnath and Shokhrakh Valleys, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Himalayas.

Aug’ 2017: An Ethnobotanical study of Indigenous Medicinal plants in Palghar and Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India. (KJSSC, Vidyavihar, Mumbai, INDIA)

The study focused on flora-medicine continuum and respondents’ stochasticity among the inhabitants of two tribal predominant districts of Maharashtra.

July’ 2016: A morpho-physiological analytic study of tadpoles through the impacts of a toxic stimulant/marker. (Regional Institute of Education (NCERT) Bhubaneswar, INDIA)

An ecotoxicological research where Polypedates maculatus tadpoles were exposed to varied concentrations of Cadmium, revealing eccentric changes in behavior along
with development of tumours, with low index of motility and high index of mortality. 

Jan’ 2016: Exploring Drawing Skills and Mental Images of Secondary Students on Human Digestive System through Hand Drawing. (Regional Institute of Education (NCERT) Bhubaneswar, INDIA)

In consideration of the potential of drawing as assessment and learning tool, I explored how secondary students used it to communicate their understanding of human digestive system.

April’ 2015: Investigative studies of construction of the Cognitive Schema in the Secondary Students of different backgrounds. (Regional Institute of Education (NCERT) Bhubaneswar, INDIA)

Multiple child-psychological studies were conducted through tools like concept inventories and likert rating scales to explore misconceptions and learning gaps.

Paper Presentation(s) and Talk(s):

1) Delivered a talk on “How Plants interact with each other” at 4th State of the Map Asia International Conference hosted at Krishibid Institution, Dhaka, Bangladesh (travel scholarship received from State of the Map Asia 2019 Working Group) 
2) Delivered an oral presentation on “Impacts of Grazing on the Species Diversity and Composition of herbaceous communities in Tungnath Alpine Rangelands, Western Himalayas, INDIA” at 6th International Conference on Plants and Environmental Pollution, held at CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (scholarship received from Travel Grant of IUBS, Paris).  

3) Presented a poster on “Biodiversity and endemic plants of tribal predominant districts of Maharashtra” at International India Science Festival, conducted at IIT Chennai- 2017. 
4) Presented a poster on “An Ethnobotanical study and phytochemical screening of secondary metabolites of Indigenous medicinal plants in Palghar and Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra, India” and bagged a position of top five at Two days National Symposium on Current trends in Herbal Drug discovery and Ethnopharmacology at VES’s College of Pharmacy, Mumbai, Maharashtra. 
5) Symbiotek- The Student Council of Department of BIOSCIENCES and BIO-ENGINEERING, IIT Bombay awarded with the Best Poster title in their annual event held in March 2018. 
6) Delivered an oral presentation on “Exploring Drawing Skills and Mental Images of Secondary Students on Human Digestive System through Hand Drawing” (Research paper) at National Seminar on Science Education, hosted by Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Ajmer, Rajasthan. 
7) Presented a poster on “Exposure of Polypedates maculatus (Gray, 1830) tadpoles to Cadmium reveals delayed metamorphosis and development of tumours” at Intercollegiate Research Meet and Poster PresentationJIGNYASA” at SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sion, Maharashtra. 
8) Delivered an oral presentation on “Exploring the Creative Mental Representation of the SecondaryGrade Children about Scientific Concepts employing 'Bi-linguistic' Approach of Prefixes and Suffixes” (Research paper) at Language across Curriculum in Multi-Linguistic context, hosted by Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Mysuru, Karnataka. 
9) Delivered an oral presentation on “Exploring the Basic misconceptions in Biological Science learning of Secondary Grade Children” (Research paper) at National Conference on Science Education, hosted by Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Bhubaneswar, Odisha. 

Grant(s) Received:

Project Title: Estimation of current and prediction of long-term Carbon sequestration in biomass and soil carbon in reforested tracts around Bangalore: 8560 USD, SayTrees (Bengaluru)


Thesis Title: 
Estimation of Sequestered Carbon in Biomass and Soil under different restorative forestry regimes in Peninsular India.