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Shawan Chowdhury
 

Shawan Chowdhury

Shawan’s passion towards nature started in his childhood days when he preferred to roam around forests and open fields, surrounded by different types of vegetation layers. His interest ignited after getting admitted into the Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

From January 2014 to December 2016, Shawan investigated how butterflies survive in a mega-populated tropical inner-city habitat, Dhaka, and his findings were alarming. Dhaka is a city of more than 17 million inhabitants and thus, the existence of plants and animals is a great wonder. Unfortunately, the diversity and species richness of butterflies are sharply declining with time and there are very few to pay heed to this; as most conservationists are enthusiastic to work on the mega-fauna. However, Shawan is intrigued by how the diversity of these beautiful creatures fluctuates significantly from one season to another and from one place to the other.

During his field surveys, he noticed that insect populations including those of butterflies are shrinking throughout Bangladesh and that the decline is larger in more human populated areas. Following up this experience and interest, in his PhD at UQ, Shawan will primarily focus on butterfly migration (migratory pathways, shifting availability of resources and conservation measures) with Prof Richard Fuller (primary supervisor) and Prof Myron Zalucki (co-supervisor).