Landscape Ecology and Wildlife Conservation


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A workshop was organized jointly by Wildlife Institute of India and Pondicherry University with the financial support of United States Fish and wildlife Service on “Landscape ecology in wildlife research and conservation” on 4th and 5th of October 2016. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together specialists and conservation biologists working on integrating the landscape aspect into wildlife research and conservation planning. The workshop was followed by a training course on the same from 7th to 11th of October organized by DST NMSHE programme at Wildlife Institute of India. The objective of the training is to give an insight on QGIS, R and FRAGSTAT software and analytical techniques like binary logistic regression to conduct multi-scale habitat selection modeling, pathway-level analysis in UNICOR connectivity model and spatially explicit landscape genetic simulation model CDPOP. Dr. K. Ramesh, Scientist, WII organized the training course and Dr. Samuel Cushman, Research Ecologist, US Forest Service provided technical inputs. The participants group constituted 42 researchers from Wildlife Institute of India, 9 researchers from Pondicherry University, 2 Graduates and 4 PhD students from different Universities and 11 researchers from various research organizations. Dr V.B. Mathur, Director, WII gave away the certificates to all participants and felicitated Dr. Cushman for his inputs.