DHUBRI: Priyanka Sarkar of Bongaigaon of Assam, has been selected as the ‘2019 Wetland Ambassador’ by the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), USA. She will be carrying out her fellowship at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, USA, under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Watson from May end this year, on the project “Can biochar increase carbon sequestration in wetland restoration projects?.” Priyanka Sarkar is currently working on her Ph.D. as a UGC-Basic Scientific Research (Senior Research Fellow) in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Assam University, Silchar, India.
When contacted by The Sentinel, Priyanka said that her research interests mainly focus on understanding how the various ecological aspects of floodplain wetlands in the tropics are related to socio-economic dimensions, livelihood sustenance, and human well-being. Currently, she is studying the ecosystem services and economic valuation of Chatla floodplain wetland of Assam, northeast India with an aim to enlighten the stakeholders and influence the policymakers to adopt scientific and sustainable management strategies for Chatla, and similar wetlands in India.
In the recent past, Priyanka has been invited to attend some important international conferences and workshops to share her research the findings on wetlands research.
Recently, she has been selected for ‘São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Scenarios and Modelling on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services to Support Human Well-Being’ to be held during June 30-July 14 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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