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Dr Gawsia W. Chowdhury

Department of Zoology;

Gawsia Wahidunnessa Chowdhury, an academician and researcher. She received her PhD in Zoology (wetland ecology) from the University of Cambridge and is a published author. She has more than 17 years of experience in teaching animal diversity, wetland ecology and relevant topics in zoology. She has received many awards and grants, including a Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholarship and a Wildlife Conservation Society Fellowship. Dr. Chowdhury works with government, non-government and international organizations, and is currently working with threatened species and habitat conservation in Bangladesh. In addition to being a board member of the international conservation organization WildTeam, life member, Zoological Society of Bangladesh, she has also been appointed as the regional co-chair of South Asian Invertebrate Specialist Group. She is also a member of international technical groups including the Commission on Education and Communication and the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. She has successfully completed National Geographic Society’s Sea to Source Ganges River Expedition and led the Bangladesh team. Gawsia received the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards 2022 (2022 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award winners announced | OWSD) for Early Career Women Scientists and she is committed to continue her work to conserve aquatic systems and threatened species of Bangladesh. Recently, Dr Chowdhury has been appointed as the editorial board member of the journal Cambridge Prisms:Plastics Editorial board ( In 2023, Professor Dr. Gawsia Wahidunnessa Chowdhury has been recognised as one of the two Bangladeshis who were recently named among the top 100 'best and brightest' Asian scientists Gawsia Wahidunnessa Chowdhury - Asian Scientist Magazine. This year, she has been awarded the prestigious Dean’s Research Award of the faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Dhaka as recognition of her outstanding research in the year 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. She is also serving as the Provost of Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall, University of Dhaka.