GUWAHATI, Nov 28 - The Department of Environmental Biology and Wildlife Sciences of Cotton University organized a workshop and talks by eminent ecologists today.
Welcoming the participants at the daylong programme, convener and the Head of the Department of Environmental Biology and Wildlife Sciences, Dr Narayan Sharma, stressed the need for having a thorough understanding of a strong methodological framework to further the advancement of scientific research.
Dr Hari Sridhar, Postdoctoral Fellow at Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bengaluru, conducted a workshop on the theme ‘Introduction to Research Methodology.’ He gave an overview on how to choose a research question, design a study, frame hypothesis and interpret statistical values.
This was followed by a talk by Dr Joyshree Chanam, Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru. She spoke about an interesting story about a mutual interaction of a tree, Humboldtia brunonis, and ants in the rainforests of the Western Ghats. Dr Hari Sridhar gave a talk on mixed-species flocks of birds. He presented the results of global comparative analyses and field behavioural studies that he and his team had carried out to understand why mixed-species flocks form and the nature of benefits flock participants obtain.
The sessions were attended by over 50 participants from Cotton University, Gauhati University, Pandu College and B Borooah College.