Ishaan is an information science/engineering graduate turned photographer and naturalist. He has spent several field seasons at the Los Amigos Biological Station leading research teams, assisting with teaching our Tropical Biology and Primatology field courses, and even running his own conservation photography workshop. Ever eager to go a step further for an organisation, he has served as a field manager for our Wildlife Monitoring program, as well as our Disease Ecology research team, which have earned him intimate knowledge of the landscape, flora, and fauna. In 2017, he was the one to both start and end our field season in Peru.
While doing his post- graduate diploma in Professional Photography from Light and Life Academy in Ooty, India, Ishaan specialized in travel and wildlife photography. Since then he has worked and traveled as a freelance photographer, contributing work to the Wildlife Trust of India on multiple conservation projects documenting the lives of pastorialists and teaching them photography as a means of communication with the outside world for Sahjeevan (an NGO that works on natural resources management in Kachchh, Gujarat), headed photography projects on rehabilitation of sex workers and transgenders for the Govt. of Karnataka and has also worked for the Swiss Development corporation. In addition, his photos have appeared along side his written articles in Hornbill Magazine, produced by the Bombay Natural History Society. He has also regularly provided photographs for local news agencies taking special interest in depleting wildlife habitat and living and working conditions of people in his city.
Ishaan aims to continue to work in the fields of conservation, animal-human conflict resolution, and social reform. He is working with Field Projects International to train and lead research assistants on a variety of data collection projects, using this time to hone an understanding of ecology and valuable outdoor skills, all while continuing to aid the cause of conservation.