"to use innovative, decolonial methods and contemporary anthropological theory, to explore the fascinating multispecies worlds on our planet, and illuminate these realms through captivating storytelling."
Saish Solankar is a twenty-one-year-old ethnographer, photojournalist, filmmaker, and aviator from India who is interested in environmental anthropology and human-non-human relatedness. His research interests lie in studying multispecies interactions between humans and non-humans through ethnography, in an anthropological theoretical framework. He is also deeply intrigued by Human Evolution and Evolutionary Biology. He is presently working on an ethnography on human-frog relatedness through hunting in Nagaland and Southern Indiana.
He is trained in Reptile Management and has studied taxonomy, bio-geography, and phylogenetics in Herpetology. He has spent extensive time in the rainforests of the Western Ghats in India, observing, studying, and documenting herpetofauna and other wildlife. He has also been part of a research expedition in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.
Saish is an adventure enthusiast: always on the lookout for new adventures. Swamping in the Amazon rainforest, expeditioning in the Western Ghats, trekking in the Himalayas, solo tripping in the Peruvian Andes, getting stuck in a severe snowstorm in the Rocky Mountains, camping on the Pacific Coast, flying above Lake Michigan - he's done it. Saish is a licensed private and remote pilot and flies for research and adventure. Along with his love and passion for the wild, it is his pursuit of Adventure that drives him to venture out into the unknown in search of great stories to tell.
He is also interested in Sports Management, and is a professional crew for Ultra and Competitive Cycling, having crewed multiple times at Ultra-Races and state-national level events in India. He was a crew member at the Race Across America in June 2022. He specializes in Nutrition, Food and Drinks, and Media.
He is currently studying Anthropology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.