Gautam Talukdar, Ph.D.


Gautam Talukdar, Ph.D.
Faculty In-charge, WII-Category 2 Centre "Under the auspices of UNESCO"

Scientist E & Head, Protected Area Networks Wildlife Institute of India

E-mail: gautam [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in
Phone: 0135 2646255 (M): +91-9456178697

Dr. Gautam obtained his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS). He has been in field of Geoinformatics for about 2 decades and has experience form several reputed institutes like Forest Survey of India (FSI), Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), etc. He has worked in several national and international level projects like Landscape dynamics and its impact on ecosystem composition, Biodiversity characterisation at landscape level, Natural Resources Census (NRCENSUS), Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihood Improvement Program amongst many others. Currently he is a Scientist in Wildlife Institute of India looking after the Protected Area Networks and is also Associate nodal officer of Remote Sensing and GIS Cell. His research interests include advances in remote sensing, geospatial modeling for issues relevant to sustainable development, data interoperability, ecological modelling, aquatic ecology and climate change. He is serves as an expert for the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES) and lead author of regional and subregional assessment for the Asia and Pacific. He has worked in the area of Biodiversity Informatics and has been the Global Biodiversity Information Facility – India Node manager. He is currently is an expert in the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas as well as in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th assessment.


Geoinformatics, Landscape dynamics, Ecological modeling, Biodiversity characterisation at landscape level, Biodiversity Informatics

Key Areas of Research


Ecosystem Functions and Services


Geoinformatics for wildlife management

Landuse and Landcover Dynamics

Protected areas network

Key Publications

  I Datt Rai, M Bhardwaj, G Talukdar, G S RAWAT and S Sathyakumar (2018) Large scale infestation of blue pine by Himalayan dwarf mistletoe in the Gangotri National Park, Western Himalaya, Tropical Ecology 59 (1), 157-161.
  AT Peterson, RS Kumar, MV Nair and G Talukdar (2018) Digital Accessible Knowledge of the birds of India: characterizing gaps in time and space. Current Science (00113891) 115 (1)
    Gupta, N., and Talukdar, G., (2018) A Babbler’s tale: assessing the distribution of Turdoides striata (Dumont, 1823) (Aves: Passeriformes: Leiothrichidae) in India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10(3), 11450-11453.
  P Jain, A Bhasin, G Talukdar, B Habib (2018) Distribution and population status of Sambar Rusa unicolor (Mammalia: Cetartiodactyla: Cervidae) from Aravalli landscape with a note on its first record from Aravalli Hills of Haryana, India, Journal of Threatened Taxa 10 (10), 12357-12362.
  Bhattacharya, P., Talukdar, G., Rawat, G. S. and Mondol, S. (2017) Importance of monitoring soil microbial community responses to climate change in the Indian Himalayan region, Current Science Pp 1622-1623.
  Peterson, A. T. and Talukdar, G. (2017) Preliminary risk maps for transmission of kyasanur forest disease in Southern India. Indian Journal Public Health 2017;61:47-50
  Gadhavi, M., Kukadia, D., Dar, S., Neduncheran, G., Talukdar, G., Kuppusamy, S., and & Gopi, G.V., (2017) Indigenous techniques of catching mudskipper in Bhavnagar and Bharuch districts, Gujarat. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. 16. 533-538.
  Mondal I, Habib B, Talukdar G and Nigam P (2016) Triage of Means: Options for Conserving Tiger Corridors beyond Designated Protected Lands in India. Front. Ecol. Evol. 4:133. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2016.00133I.
  Mondal, R.S. Kumar, B. Habib, G. Talukdar (2016) Modelling Fine Scale Movement Corridors for the Tricarinate Hill Turtle, International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Volume XLI-B8 http://dx.doi:10.5194/isprsarchives-XLI-B8-719-2016
  Ghaskadbi, G., Habib, B., Mir, Z., Ray, R., Talukdar, G., Lyngdoh, S., Pandav, B., Nigam, P., and Kaur, A. (2016) Rusty-spotted cat in Kalesar National Park and Sanctuary, Haryana, India, CATnews 63 pp 28-29
  Roy, P .S. and Gautam Talukdar et al (2015) New vegetation type map of India prepared using satellite remote sensing: Comparison with global vegetation maps and utilities, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 39, 142–159
  P.S. Roy1, G. Talukdar13 et al (2015) Development of Decadal (1985–1995–2005) Land Use and Land Cover Database for India, Remote Sensing, 7, 2401-2430; doi:10.3390/rs70302401
  Mondal, V.K. Srivastava, P.S. Roy, G. Talukdar (2014) Using Logit Model to Identify The Drivers of Landuse landcover Change in the Lower Gangetic Basin, India, The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XL-8, 2014
  Gautam Talukdar (2014) Geospatial Framework for Connecting Tropical Seascapes: A Landscape Ecology Approach, ENVIS Bulletin, Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in India: Challenges and Way Forward Vol. 15, 2012-13
  U. Manral., R. Solanki, G. V. Gopi., D. Mohan., G. Talukdar and S. A. Hussain (2013) Population Status of Waterbirds in Human-Impacted Urban Wetland of Gangetic Plain: A Study from Okhla Bird Sanctuary, National Capital Region of Delhi, ENVIS Bulletin, Waterbirds of India Vol. 16, 274-283
  Chetan Rao, Gautam Talukdar, B. C. Choudhury, P Gowri Shankar, Romulus Whitaker and Matt Goode (2013) Habitat use of King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) in a heterogeneous landscape matrix in the tropical forests of the Western Ghats, India, Hamadryad Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 69 – 79
  Upma Manral, Angshuman Raha, Ridhima Solanki, Syed Ainul Hussain, Mattozbiyil Mani Babu, Dhananjai Mohan, Gopi G. Veeraswami, K. Sivakumar and Gautam Talukdar (2013) Plant species of Okhla Bird Sanctuary: A wetland of Upper Gangetic Plains, India, Check List Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 263–274
  Ashish Kumar, Bruce G Marcot, Gautam Talukdar, P S Roy (2012) Application of geoinformatics for landscape assessment and conserving forest biodiversity in Northeast India, Asian Journal of Geoinformatics, Vol 12, No 1 (
  Upma Manral, Angshuman Raha, Ridhima Solanki, Syed Ainul Hussain, Dhananjai Mohan, Gautam Talukdar and Gopi Govindan Veeraswami (2012) Hydrological characteristics and flood plain vegetation of human impacted wetlands: A case study from Okhla Bird Sanctuary, National Capital Region, India, Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, December 2012. Vol. 1 No. 2
  G. Marcot, A Kumar, G. Talukdar, A. K. Srivastava (2011) Habitat Relationships of Asian Elephants in Shifting-Cultivation Landscapes of Meghalaya, Northeast India, Gajah, Volume 34, pp. 8-17
  S. Narwade, M. Kalra, R. Jagdish, D. Varier, S. Satpute, N. Khan, G. Talukdar, V. B. Mathur, K. Vasudevan, D. S. Pundir, V. Chavan, R. Sood (2011) Literature based species occurrence data of birds of northeast India, ZooKeys, Issue 150, pp. 407–417,  doi: 10.3897/ zookeys.150.2002
  M.P. Kale, G . Talukdar, R.K. Panigrahy, S. Singh (2010). Patterns of Fragmentation and Identification of Possible Corridors in North Western Ghats, Indian Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS special issue on biodiversity and climate change) Volume 38  Number 3 pp. 401-413.
  A. Kumar., B.G. Marcot., and G. Talukdar (2010). Designing a Protected Area Network for Conservation Planning in Jhum Landscapes of Garo Hills, Meghalaya. Indian Journal of Remote Sensing  Volume 38 Number 3 pp. 501-512.