K. Sivakumar, M. Phil., Ph.D.


K. Sivakumar, M. Phil., Ph.D.
K. Sivakumar, M. Phil., Ph.D.
Scientist - F
Phone: 0135-2646217
E-mail: ksivakumar [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

I have been studying insular, coastal and marine biodiversity for their conservation, particularly birds and mammals of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Being a member of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group and the Galliformes Specialist Group, I have been involved in several research programmes in these subjects. I am involved in the teaching and training of postgraduate students, in-service forest officers and Ph.D. Scholars in wildlife techniques, ornithology, fish biology and conservation biology. Awards I have received include Pondicherry University Gold Medals for outstanding performances in the M.Sc. and M.Phil. courses, UNITAR fellowships, and the Meritorious Student of India award in 1995.


Ornithology; ichthyology; behavioural ecology; conservation biology and wildlife management.

Current Projects

  Indian coastal and marine environment and a network of marine protected areas.
  Threatened and protected marine fauna and flora in the wildlife trade.
  Ecology of sea turtles in the Indian Ocean using satellite telemetry.
Long term monitoring of birds and mammals of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

Key Publications

  Sivakumar, K. 2010. Impact of tsunami on the Nicobar megapode Megapodius nicobariensis. Oryx. 44(1):71-78. |PDF|
  Sivakumar, K. 2010. Impact of the tsunami (December, 2004) on the long-tailed macaque of Nicobar islands, India. Hystrix It. J. Mamm., 21(1):35-42. |PDF|
  Atkore, V. M., K. Sivakumar and A. J. T. Johnsingh, 2011. Patterns of diversity and conservation status of freshwater fishes in the tributaries of Ramganga river, in the Shiwaliks of the Western Himalaya. Current Science Vol. 100 (5): 731-736 |PDF|
Vinay Bhargav, V. P. Uniyal and K. Sivakumar, 2009. Distinctive patterns in habitat association and distribution of tiger beetles in the Shivalik landscape of North Western India. Journal of Insect Conservation, 13:459–473. |PDF|
S. Harikrishnan, Karthikeyan Vasudevan and K. Sivakumar, 2010. Behavior of Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus Linn. 1758 During the Mating Period in a Natural Population. The Open Ornithology Journal, 2010, 3, 13-19 |PDF|
Sivakumar, K., B.C. Choudhury and S.R.B. Dissanayake, 2010. Joint turtle conservation programme of Sri Lanka and India: Sea turtles of Sri Lanka, also breeds in India and Maldives. Wildlife, (Journal of Department of Wildlife Conservation, Sri Lanka), June (2010):18-24. |PDF|

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