Research Scholar, Western Ghats
M.Sc. Wildlife Biology and Conservation
I’m interested in elephant behaviour especially in human-modified landscapes and in conflict situations. I’ve been captivated by the species since I can remember, and it was this admiration to elephants that led me to pursue a Masters in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. For my Masters dissertation, I investigated the behavioural and physiological responses in Asian elephants in a human-dominated landscape in the Western Ghats. I believe in multidisciplinary approaches involving behaviour, physiology, genetics, and a wide range of other areas in dealing with larger-than-life issues such as conflict and this is what got me particularly interested in the Anamalai Elephant Programme of the Nature Conservation Foundation.
I am currently pursuing a PhD from the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.
- Journal Article2018Whose habitat is it anyway? Role of natural and anthropogenic habitats in conservation of charismatic speciesTropical Conservation Science 11: 1-5.Download
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Developmental activities have been one of the major drivers of conversion of natural forest areas into mosaics of forest fragments, agriculture, and plantations, threatening the existence of wildlife species in such altered landscapes. Most conservation research and actions are protected area centric and seldom addresses the importance of landscape matrices around these protected areas in providing habitats to a wide range of species. In this article, we bring out the crucial role of natural and anthropogenic habitats for the existence of three charismatic species, namely, Asian elephants, leopard, and lion-tailed macaques. The larger public perception of where the animals should be and where the animals actually are is also discussed. We emphasize that, while habitat generalists often adapt behaviorally and ecologically to modified landscapes, habitat specialists, such as the lion-tailed macaques could find survival harder, with increasing anthropogenic pressures and loss of their habitats.
- Popular Article2015Pachyderm ProblemsSaevus September 2015
- Popular Article2013Before the Last TrumpetDown to Earth 15 April 2013