Our Team

Meet the eminent scientists and researchers leading the team at INHER.

Board of Trustees


Dr. Radheshyam M. Sharma

A scientist by career, Dr. Sharma retired as the Deputy Director from Zoological Survey of India. He has done his Ph. D. on Gall Midges from Marathwada. In his long career he has described several new species of gall midges, erophid mites as well as new genus and species of freshwater crabs. He has authored more than 275 research papers in many reputable scientific journals. He has conducted many studies on endagered species in Ladakh, Western ghats and Madhya Pradesh. He has also authored several articles and books, delivered talks on radio as well as numerous invited lectures in universities/colleges/NGOs.


Dr. Sushama J. Thatte

Founder trustee, INHER. Retired Associate Professor from Modern College, Shivajinagar, Pune. She is visiting faculty at Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, University of Pune. She has worked on physiology of various cockroach species and on butterfly population and diversity in Pune. She has given many radio talks on various topics in popular science.


Rajgopal N. Patil

Rajgopal is an IT professional with deep interest in nature. He has been observing birds in different parts of world for last 30 years. He is keenly interested in bioacoustics and has been recording, analyzing calls of birds and other animals. He has given many talks, written popular articles and published scientific papers on these topics.


Dr. Anand D. Padhye

Professor, MES’ Abasaheb Garware College, Pune; Conservation Biologist, Member IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group, (South Asia); Amphibian Taxonomist; working on Molecular Phylogeny, Systematics, Ecology, Diversity, Distribution and Evolution of Anuran amphibians. Author of the Amphibia chapter in Fauna of Maharashtra (ZSI State Fauna Series); Several Research papers in National and International journals;


Dr. Anil S. Mahabal

Dr. Mahabal served for 37 years in Zoological Survey of India, retiring as the Additional Director/Scientist 'F'. He has done his Ph. D. on population ecology of Common Myna. He has authored many scientific papers related to the population, roosting behaviour, status reports, reviews, checklists and colour aberrations particularly in Aves and other animals. He has also published ten books and numerous articles on natural history topics in Marathi.


Dr. Deshabhushan B. Bastawade

Dr. Bastawade, a scientist in Zoological Survey of India for 35 years. He did his Ph. D. on scorpions fauna of India. He is thoroughly conversant in the morphology of many arachnid orders. He has conducted extensive surveys for taxonomic purposes including Arunachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. A recognized guide for M.Sc. and Ph. D., many students have conducted their research under his guidance. He has written couple of books on scorpions. He has discovered around 30 new species, couple of genera and a new sub-family. He has also written 77 scientific papers, popular books on scorpions and many popular articles.


Narendra M. Naidu

Founder trustee, INHER. Head of Zoology Department, Modern College, Shivajinagar, Pune. His specialization is insects especially wood boring beetles (Coleoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera). He has conducted research and authored research papers on these topics.


Shauri S. Sulakhe

Founder Trustee INHER, Pune. He is also a Naturalist and Field Researcher interested in wildlife photography and natural history. Authored research papers on various natural history subjects, Educated people from school age to adults on Natural History since 2001.

Life Members

Dr. Hemant V. Ghate

Dr. Hemant Ghate is former Head of Zoology department in Modern College, Pune. He continues to work there after retirement for research purpose. He has guided many research students in their pursuit of masters and Ph.D. degrees. He has published many research papers in renowned scientific journals.

Makarand Ketkar

Makarand is a core wildlife lover and also a good trekker. He has more than 15 years of experience in trekking and wildlife study. His specific wildlife passion is snakes and he has been studying this subject for more than 10 years. He has also created a document which explains ‘scientific names’ of 48 species of snakes commonly found in western Maharashtra. He also do snake awareness slideshows for various schools and organizations. He has contributed many articles in various Marathi magazines and news papers.