Pankaj Koparde

Our work is multidisciplinary involving field-lab biology, informatics, and conservation outreach. We specialize in studies on nocturnal birds, especially owls. During my doctoral thesis, I worked on the phylogeny and biogeography of owls of India, including the Endangered Forest Owlet. Lately, my lab’s focus is on the impact of urbanization on owls. Apart from birds, we also work on dragonflies & wetland ecosystems – hence the name Chatur Ullu Lab! Check out our lab website to know more.

MIT World Peace University
Faculty of Sustainability Studies
Designation type:
Faculty/ PI/ Scientist at a University, Institute or NGO
Assistant Professor
State/Union Territory:
Primary focus:
Theory/Computation, Lab, Field
Primary area of study:
Biogeography, Citizen Science, Ecology--Community ecology
Primary field sites:

Pune, Guwahati, Bangalore, Western Ghats, Central India

Interns, Masters students seeking a thesis guide, Post-docs
Futher information on opportunities:

We offer multitudes of opportunities for students/people interested in working with us. If you are a bachelor’s or master’s student thinking of a dissertation project, do write to me () for a discussion. Check our Research and People pages to see what we are up to.

Apart from the present opportunities, if you have a unique idea, please drop me an email and we will take it from there.

If you want to work as an intern, send us your CV to mentioning why you want to intern with us! We expect a minimum of six months commitment.

Bachelors/Masters Dissertation Projects
If you are interested in doing your dissertation project with me do drop me an email with a summary of your proposed project (up to 200 words) and your CV. We expect a minimum of six months commitment. A dissertation project is a great opportunity for you to explore your area of interest, and learn tools & techniques in research and project management. So, if you are looking for a place to conduct your dissertation work, first think over your long-term plan and write a project allied to your long-term plan. I encourage applications from students who can think and work independently and readily ask scientific questions.

We are full! Not accepting Ph.D. students now!

Potential postdoctoral candidates can get in touch with me over email. Please write a clear email briefing your Ph.D. work (two sentences) and postdoctoral idea (not more than 200 words). We can then set up a call and discuss. You will need to also keep in mind that postdocs generate their own funds, we can help you identify and access the funds through the lab.