P Jeganathan

Scientist, Western Ghats

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• PhD (2000-2007) in Zoology, Mumbai University, Mumbai. (through Bombay Natural History Society -BNHS).
• MSc. (1996-1998) in Wildlife Biology, A.V.C. College, Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu.
• BSc. (1993 –1996) in Zoology from Periyar E.V.R. College, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu.

My research interest lies in applied ecological aspects such as the conservation biology of endangered bird species, habitat monitoring, and on-ground conservation action. I am equally interested in nature education and outreach.

Endangered species research and conservation - I have been involved in research and conservation of the critically endangered Jerdon’s Courser since 2000. For this project (2000-2008) I worked with a team of wildlife biologists from BNHS, RSPB, UK, Universities of Cambridge & Reading, UK. 

Rainforest Research Team - Since 2008 I am a part of the NCF rainforest research team at Anamalai hills, southern Western Ghats.  I have been involved in conducting conservation education programs and carrying out bird surveys in this landscape.

Outreach and Citizen Science - Since 2016 I have been involved in coordinating and conducting seasonwatch program in Tamil Nadu. I am a part of Tamil Birders Network. Through this network I organise bird surveys and other activities related to birding. 

Language and Ecology - I have been working towards popularizing the importance of nature writing in local languages through workshops. I blog in Tamil at http://uyiri.wordpress.com/

Other interests - Birding, philately, numismatics, photography and dancing (mainly Dappanguthu) are some my hobbies. I am a Wikipedian. I contribute  images to Wikimedia commons (See here). Most of my images are categorized under an open initiative WikiProject Nature and Conservation in India.

Projects

Varattuparai 201

Completed

Fostering eco-friendly plantations

Linking sustainable agriculture and conservation in plantation landscapes

 gan1079

Completed

Living with leopards

Carnivore, conflicts, and conservation in the Anamalai hills

 gan3519 20crop

LTM in the neighbourhood

Building coexistence to conserve an endangered primate

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Nurturing nature appreciation

Rekindling conservation awareness and connections with nature

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Of forests and farms

Conserving wildlife in forests and plantations in the landscape

Jerdon's 20courser 700

Saving the endangered Jerdon's Courser

Jerdon's Courser Recovery Programme

Ltm kalyan 1020

Completed

Towards wildlife-friendly roads

Studying and reducing impacts of roads on wildlife in the Anamalai hills

Ltm with infant

Wildlife in rainforest fragments

Life in the treetops and undergrowth in rainforest remnants

Publications

  • Popular Article
    2018
    Nadiyai Nadi நாடியை நாடி
    The Hindu Tamil News Daily, Uyirmoochu Supplement. 8th September 2018.

    Jeganathan, P. (2018). Nadiyai Nadi (On watching Lesser Noddy in Tamil Nadu). The Hindu Tamil News Daily, Uyirmoochu Supplement. 8th September 2018.Link here.

  • Journal Article
    2018
    Understanding perceptions of people towards lion-tailed macaques in a fragmented landscape of the Anamalai Hills, Western Ghats, India
    Primate Conservation 32: 11 pp.
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    PDF, 2.24 MB

    The fragmentation of the rainforests of India’s Western Ghats mountains has left the endemic lion-tailed macaque sur- viving in numerous forest patches in a mosaic of commercial tea and coffee plantations. On the Valparai Plateau, Anamalai Hills, some macaque groups have evidently altered their behavior, becoming habituated to people, suffering from frequent roadkill, and facing problems related to people feeding them and their use of open waste dumps. We carried out a questionnaire survey around three rainforest fragments (Puthuthottam, Korangumudi, Old Valparai) and the town of Valparai to understand people’s percep- tions towards macaques, and to identify appropriate conflict-mitigation measures. Macaques near Korangumudi and Old Valparai rarely ventured near residences, and most people were unaware of their presence. Respondents in and around Puthuthottam were aware of the macaques, and most (68%) had negative perceptions of them because the macaques often visited houses in the area. Most respondents (87%) believed that macaques visited houses in search of food and garbage, and 84% reported that macaques were doing this only over the last 10 years. Housing conditions influenced people's perceptions: people living in tiled-roof houses that were vulnerable to incursions by the macaques had higher negative perceptions (84.5%) compared to people living in asbestos-roof and concrete structures. To reduce negative interactions with people and promote harmonious human-macaque co-existence, we suggest implementing a combination of measures that would involve plantation management, conservation orga- nizations, and the state forest and municipal authorities. The measures include cost-effective monkey-proofing of houses, regular garbage collection, preventing open waste disposal and the feeding of macaques, mitigating the effects of roads, and promoting people’s awareness, rainforest restoration, and the use of native shade trees in plantations.

  • Popular Article
    2018
    Kolap Paravaigal கோலப் பறவைகள்
    The Hindu Tamil News Daily, Uyirmoochu Supplement. 27th January

    Jeganathan, P. (2018). Kolap Paravaigal (On birds in Pongal Kolam (Rangoli) in Tamil Nadu). The Hindu Tamil News Daily, Uyirmoochu Supplement. 27th January 2018.Link here.

  • Popular Article
    2018
    Kalidassin Venval manjal sittu காளிதாசின் வெண் வால் மஞ்சள்சிட்டு
    Uyir Tamil Magazine for Nature. May-June 2018. Pp 19-20.

    Jeganathan, P. (2018). Kalidassin Venval manjal sittu  - Kalidass and White-tailed Iora. (Obituary for Mr. Kalidass, Birder from Tamil Nadu). Uyir Tamil Magazine for Nature. May-June 2018. Pp 19-20.

  • Journal Article
    2018
    Understanding Perceptions of People Towards Lion-Tailed Macaques in a Fragmented Landscape of the Anamalai Hills, Western Ghats, India
    Primate Conservation (32).
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    PDF, 2.24 MB

    The fragmentation of the rainforests of India’s Western Ghats mountains has left the endemic lion-tailed macaque surviving in numerous forest patches in a mosaic of commercial tea and coffee plantations. On the Valparai Plateau, Anamalai Hills, some macaque groups have evidently altered their behavior, becoming habituated to people, suffering from frequent roadkill, and facing problems related to people feeding them and their use of open waste dumps. We carried out a questionnaire survey around three rainforest fragments (Puthuthottam, Korangumudi, Old Valparai) and the town of Valparai to understand people’s perceptions towards macaques, and to identify appropriate conflict-mitigation measures. Macaques near Korangumudi and Old Valparai rarely ventured near residences, and most people were unaware of their presence. Respondents in and around Puthuthottam were aware of the macaques, and most (68%) had negative perceptions of them because the macaques often visited houses in the area. Most respondents (87%) believed that macaques visited houses in search of food and garbage, and 84% reported that macaques were doing this only over the last 10 years. Housing conditions influenced people's perceptions: people living in tiled-roof houses that were vulnerable to incursions by the macaques had higher negative perceptions (84.5%) compared to people living in asbestos-roof and concrete structures. To reduce negative interactions with people and promote harmonious human-macaque co-existence, we suggest implementing a combination of measures that would involve plantation management, conservation organizations, and the state forest and municipal authorities. The measures include cost-effective monkey-proofing of houses, regular garbage collection, preventing open waste disposal and the feeding of macaques, mitigating the effects of roads, and promoting people’s awareness, rainforest restoration, and the use of native shade trees in plantations.

  • Popular Article
    2018
    Paravai Thangigal பறவைத் தாங்கிகள்
    The Hindu Tamil News Daily, Uyirmoochu Supplement. 17th February 2018

    Jeganathan, P. (2018). Paravai Thangigal (On natural and artificial bird perches). The Hindu Tamil News Daily, Uyirmoochu Supplement. 17th February 2018.Link here.

  • Journal Article
    2018
    Seasonal variation in wildlife roadkills in plantations and tropical rainforest in the Anamalai Hills, Western Ghats, India
    Current Science. 114(3): 619-626.
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    PDF, 1.42 MB

  • Book Review
    2018
    Not just a waste – Book Review of ‘The Poop book’
    SAEVUS Magazine. December 2018. Pp 24-25.

    Jeganathan, P. (2018). Not just a waste – Book Review of ‘The Poop book’. SAEVUS Magazine. December 2018. Pp 24-25.

  • Popular Article
    2017
    Basheer’s Hawk Eagle
    SAEVUS Magazine. March 2017. Pp 98-99.
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    PDF, 130 KB

    Tamil version of this article is here - 

    http://ncf-india.org/publications/762

  • Book
    2017
    Birds of Tamil Nadu - pocket guide
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    PDF, 6.98 MB

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