I completed my PhD on April 2022, where I studied ant communities in Goa's Western Ghats and arthropod communities in Himachal Pradesh's Trans Himalayas, trying to understand how human landuse intensification and seasonality affects community dynamics and how we can use Beta Diversity metrices to answer these pressing questions. As an offshoot of this, I ended up describing a new species of ant, Vaibhav's Protanilla (Protanilla flamma) from Goa. You can access my thesis here. My thesis is titled "Ground-dwelling arthropods across human land use: Interpreting the spatial and temporal dimensions of beta diversity".
I have been trained in insect taxonomy and in particular ant taxonomy at the University of Agricultural Sciences- Bangalore under Late Prof. K. Chandrashekara.
Besides academics, I am the founder Vice President of Goa Bird Conservation Network (GBCN) and currently on its executive board, Goa Coordinator for Asian Waterbird Census- Wetlands International and board member of Arannya Environment Research Organisation. In my spare time I also review eBird records for Goa and Puducherry.
Everyone has to start somewhere and in case you are someone who wants to study ants and needs help with learning how to study or identify them do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I would be more than happy to help.
For ant studies and identification related queries, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Blog: http://myjourneywithants.blogspot.in/
-- Peer Reviewed Articles:
Baidya, P., and S. Bagchi. 2022. Influence of human land use and invasive species on beta diversity of tropical ant assemblages. Insect Conservation and Diversity. 15(1):73–85
Punjabi, Girish, Anisha Jayadevan, Abhishek Jamalabad, Nandini Velho, Madhura Niphadkar-Bandekar, Pronoy Baidya, Ravi Jambhekar et al. "On the inadequacy of environment impact assessments for projects in Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park of Goa, India: a peer review." Journal of Threatened Taxa 12, no. 18 (2020): 17387-17454.
Baidya Pronoy, and Sumanta Bagchi. 2020. A new species of Protanilla Taylor 1990 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Leptanillinae) from India. Halteres 11: 19–3.
Praveen, J., & Baidya, P., 2018. GREAT EARED-NIGHTJAR LYNCORNIS MACROTIS BOURDILLONI: IS IT A SOUTHERN WESTERN GHATS ENDEMIC? Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 114 (2017): 18–21.
Baidya, P., & Bhagat, M., 2018. A checklist of the birds of Goa, India. Indian BIRDS 14 (1): 1–31.
Baidya, P., Bhagat, M., Dharwadkar, O., & Gauns, H., 2017. Seabirds of Goa, India: Recent updates. Indian BIRDS 13 (1): 8–17.
Dharwadkar, O., Baidya, P., Lad, P., Parab, P., Bhagat, M., Niphadkar, M., Rangnekar, P., & Rangnekar, S., 2017. Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata: A new record for Goa, India. Indian BIRDS 13 (1): 27–28.
Baidya, P., Gawas, H., Mukherjee, S., & Gawas, S., 2016. Decadal changes and additions to birds of Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India. Indian BIRDS 11(2):29–34.
Baidya, P., Chindarkar, V., Gauns, H., Gawas, H., Gawas, S., Dicholkar, V., Pinto, C., Luis, E., & Gawas, R., 2014. Status of Red Avadavat Amandava amandava in Goa, India. Indian BIRDS 9(5&6):158–159.
Books/ Chapters in Books:
Baidya, P., Dutta, R., Bhagat, M., & Bandekar, A., 2015. Common Birds of Goa- an eBook. Goa Bird Conservation Network, Bambolim, Goa.
Baidya, P., 2014. Other Interesting Insects (152) in Porob. P., Kulkarni. R., & Giri. V., 2014. Biodiversity of Goa- Concise Field Guide. Goa Forest Department, Panjim, Goa.
Five Chapters in Rahmani A. et al., 2016., Important Bird Areas in India: Priority sites for conservation (Revised and Updated). Bombay Natural History Society, Indian Bird Conservation Network, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and BirdLife International (UK). Pp. 1992 + xii