The Foliatum

Reflections on a leaf

A snippet of my reflections, which I happen to write at some odd 'untitled' moments on the desk of my not-so messy room while screaming words into a vacuum I have known to be surrounded. My fingers have a pace and I know what keys of the keyboard I have to press, to let it flow on a page that flickers on my laptop screen every day.

Sometimes, it's too unsaid in the words but the picture is itself vividly descriptive or the reader's dilemma that stumbles for the creator's perspective. Is it what you call artistic nature? Maybe!

Write to me, if you want to discuss something, whether it is about writing, collaborating or share your thoughts! I am glad to hear from you. 

Jithin Vijayan.

" Stay on the path you've chosen, and travel on it as far as you can.

The world needs you; badly." 

- E. O. Wilson


Ecology, Education and Media. 

My thoughts usually wander from dense montane forest to the music of sea tides and sometimes conflict with myself on the computer screen. During my childhood days, I used to collect plants and grow them in my little garden. Later, I could enjoy the visitors in the garden; butterflies, birds, snakes, frogs (since it had a small pond as well!), and a lot of small insects. I was fond of observing them, capturing their photos and enriching my collection of feathers, shells, dried leaves, and other materials. They always pulled me to open that 'box of wonders'. I was also attracted by the wonders that a computer can do in terms of programming and multimedia designing. 


The 'inner me' always wanted to experiment how both these 'outlying' interests can create a fresh platform while doing my Bachelors in Botany from Farook College, (University of Calicut, Kerala), and that resulted in Kerala's biggest students' Ecological Festival namely 'Myristica Eco-Fiesta'. I was deeply engaged in designing and curating the festival for the past four years (2016-2020), as well as learning a lot from amazing people, interesting readings, and memorable places. This mainly includes College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (Mannuthy, Kerala) where I was mentored by Dr A Prasad; and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (Bengaluru, India), where I was a POBE fellow. Experience from Dr. TNC Vidya's Animal Behaviour and Sociogenetics Lab at the centre was wonderful and inspiring!

Now being at Wildlife Institute of India, I am embracing the Himalayan snowcaps with a heart full of magnificent Western Ghats memories!


Photo credits: Yadu Aralam

Jithin Vijayan


  • Master of Science in Wildlife Science

    • Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun (2019-)

  • Diploma in Biology

    • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru (2017-19)

  • Bachelor of Science in Botany

    • Farook College, University of Calicut, Kerala (2016-19)


  • Myristica - The Ecological Festival - Kerala's Biggest Students' Ecological Festival (Read more at:

  • Organized Latin America Biodiversity International Online Quiz in connection with World Environment Day 2020 in collaboration with Indo Hispanic Language Academy (Kolkata), Difraneli (San Jose, Costa Rica), and Biodiversidad Y Desarrollo Sustenible De Mexico SC (Jilotepec, Mexico). (2020)


  • Some Elements of Foraging Behaviour in Relation to Communal Roosting in the Common Myna (2018-) Under the supervision of Prof. T. N. C. Vidya, Animal Behavior and Sociogenetics Lab, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Unit, JNCASR, Bangalore

  • Effect of Temperature and Humidity Variations in Cows - A Preliminary Study ( 2014-15) Under the joint supervision of Dr. A. Prasad, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Science University (KVASU) and Manjusha (HSST), PKMMHSS Edarikode

  • Assessment of Microplastic Content in Mangrove Forests of Malabar Region, Kerala (2019-) In collaboration with Dr. T. Shalina Begum and P. Muhammed Jasil, Post Graduate and Research Department of Chemistry, Farook College, Kerala

  • Phytoextraction of Aluminium Using Humped Bladderwort – A preliminary Study (2018-19) Under the supervision of P. T. Nushiba Naser, Department of Botany, Farook College, Kerala

  • Women’s Career Pathway in Chemical Sciences; a Multi-stage Investigation in Kerala, India (2020-) In collaboration with P. Muhammed Jasil (The Gandhigram Rural Institute, Tamil Nadu), Hanan P. T. (Farook College, Kozhikode), Sreenath Chandramohan, K. K. Asmabi (Central University of Punjab), P. Anu (Farook College); Royal Society of Chemistry Inclusion & Diversity Grant Award (Cambridge, UK)

  • For more updates, please visit: ResearchGate

Scholarships/ Grants awarded

  • Innovation in Science Pursuit and Inspired Research Scholarship (INSPIRE - SHE) Award

  • JNCASR Project Oriented Biology Education (POBE) Fellowship

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Inclusion and Diversity Award

  • Prof. Thomas Kurian Award

  • (Shortlisted for) M. Krishnan Memorial Award for Nature Writing - 2021 - Madras Naturalists' Society

Screenshot_2020-11-05 Kerala Myristica -

Myristica Ecological Fiesta- Invoking the green spirit of the youngsters (2019) Success Stories. The Official Website of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. Link

Myristica Ecological Fiesta (2019). United Nations Decade on Biodiversity Global Action Map. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) Link


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