Sneha Dharwadkar, Ph. D. student

Major advisor: Dr. Guin Wogan

Interests: Ecology, Herpetology, Turtles, Evolutionary Biology

B.Sc. Environmental Science- The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara

M.Sc. Wildlife Biology- AVC College, Bharthidasan University, Tamil Nadu

Personal website:

Lab website: Wogan (Eco-Evo-Omics) lab


Specific Interests

I am interested in the ecology, phylogenetics, phylogeography, and distribution of freshwater turtles and tortoises. I am also interested in understanding the role of freshwater turtles in maintaining the ecology of freshwater ecosystems and quantifying the impact of human activities on the turtles and their habitats. For my graduate research, I am looking at the phylogeography of softshell turtles of Nilssonia spp. across different riverine ecosystems of India. I intend to study patterns of dispersal and diversification within the species in light of their large geographical range, albeit patchy and rapid human modification of their habitats.



  • Ranganathan, M.S., Mital, A., and Dharwadkar, S. 2020. Nilssonia gangetica Predation. Herpetological Review 51(3):2020
  • Dharwadkar, S., Bednarski, C., Inman, D., and Mallapur, G. 2018. Occurrence record of the Malabar Tree Toad Pedostibes tuberculosus Günter, 1875 (Anura: Bufonidae) from the Tillari, Northern Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India. Frog-Leg #137. In: Zoo’s Print 34(1):18-20.