Syed Ainul Hussain, Ph.D.


Syed Ainul Hussain, Ph.D.

Scientist - G
Phone: 0135-2646210
hussain [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

I joined the Wildlife Institute of India as a research fellow in 1986 and worked with the Chambal Aquatic Species Conservation Project. Subsequently, I obtained M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in wildlife sciences from the Centre for Wildlife and Ornithology, Aligarh Muslim University. I joined the faculty of the Institute in 1994 and I am looking after the Wetlands and Coastal Habitat Management and Aquatic Species Conservation Program. I develop and implement courses related to wetlands and coastal habitat management, and wildlife and protected area management. I conduct research on free ranging wildlife and its habitats. I identify and prioritize areas for conservation at the landscape level, including prioritization of transboundary protected areas. My interests include wildlife ecology, ecosystem services and protected area management. I am working with the Otter Specialist Group as Focal, Red List Authority. I am a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and Commission on Ecosystem Management. I took part in the XV Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica, during 1996–97, and am currently a member of the Government of India’s core group on Antarctic and Southern Ocean research


Wetlands and coastal habitat management; Management of small populations; Protected area management. Assessment of ecosystem services; Small carnivore ecology and conservation

Current Projects

  Pattern of biomass production by wetlands and its use by large herbivores in Kaziranga landscape.
  Distribution pattern, habitat use and movement of breeding waterbirds with special reference to Black-necked Cranes and Bar-headed Geese in Changthang Cold Desert Wildlife Sanctuary.
  Evaluation of ecosystem services of Munnar High Range Mountain Landscape.

Key Publications:

  Tuboi, C. and Hussain, S.A. (2014) Factors affecting forage selection by the endangered Eld’s deer and hog deer in the floating meadows of Barak-Chindwin Basin of North-east India. Mammalian Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2014.10.006.
  Selvan, K.M. Gopi G.V., and Hussain, S.A. (2013). Dietary preference of the Asiatic wild dog (Cuon alpinus). Mammalian Biology. 78: 486–489.
  Nawab, A. & Hussain, S.A. (2012). Factors affecting the occurrence of smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) in aquatic systems of the Upper Gangetic Plains, India. Aquatic conservation: Marine and freshwater ecosystems. 22: 616–625.
Qureshi, A., Pariva, R. Badola & S.A. Hussain (2011). A review of protocols used for assessment of carbon stock in forested landscapes. Environmental Science & Policy. 16: 81–89.
Hoffmann, M., Hilton-Taylor, ___S.A. Hussain, ___et al. (2010). The Impact of Conservation on the Status of the World’s Vertebrates. Science. 330: 1503–1509.
  Hussain S.A. (2009). Basking site and water depth selection by gharial Gavialis gangeticus in National Chambal Sanctuary and its implication for river conservation. Aquatic Conservation 18(7): 127–133.
  Schipper J., Chanson, J.S., ___S.A. Hussain, ___et al. (2008). The status of the world’s land and marine mammals: diversity, threat, and knowledge. Science 322: 225–230.
  Hussain, S.A. & Saxena, A. (2008). Distribution and status of Antarctic seals and penguins along the Princess Astrid Coast, East Antarctica. Indian Journal of Marine Sciences. 37(4): 455-461.
  Hussain, S.A. (1999). Reproductive success, hatchling survival and growth of a managed population of Ganges gharial (Gavialis gangeticus). Biological Conservation. 87:261–268.
  Hussain, S.A. & B.C. Choudhury (1997). Status and distribution of smooth-coated otter Lutra perspicillata in National Chambal Sanctuary. Biological Conservation. 80:199–206.

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