Project Associates


Mr. Arun Kumar
Contact me: arunkumar 
[at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in ; arunkumar [dot] gis [at] gmail [dot] com

arunI hold a B.Sc and M.Sc degree in Oceanography and completed M.Tech in Remote Sensing and GIS, with a Gold medal. Born and brought up in and around Nilgiri Mountains, I have been always interested in understanding the functioning of nature and self-taught myself in varied Biological and Wildlife sciences. I have worked on Habitat Suitability Assessment for Tigers in Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh for M. Tech Thesis in 2011 and that urged me to get back to the Wildlife Institute of India to undertake further research in Wildlife sciences.

I worked as an Assistant Professor at SRM University, Chennai in the Geospatial wing of Dept. of Civil Engineering for more than three years before joining the Wildlife Institute of India as a Research Associate in the NMSHE project. My research interest focuses on Telemetry, Habitat Suitability and Landscape Ecology and in this project am looking into the different drivers of landscape changes and to develop a Decision Support System for policy making.

Apart from being a hardcore professional, I am a person of varied interests and love to explore new thing that emerges out in front of my eyes. I got a good interest in content writing, photography and sports. I do have a passion for knowledge sharing and a true believer of Conservation through Photographs, as an outcome I run a blog and Facebook page ‘Save Nature Save Human’.

Key Publications:

  1. Kumar, A. A., & Kunte, P. D. (2012). Coastal vulnerability assessment for Chennai, east coast of India using geospatial techniques. Natural hazards,64(1), 853-872.
  2. Arun Kumar. A., Sivakumar. R., & Ramesh. K. (2013). Assessing Habitat Suitability for Tiger (Panthera tigris) in Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, India: Geospatial Approach. Journal of Scientific Transactions in Environment and Technovation, 7(2), 77-81.

Soumya Dasgupta

I have done my graduation and masters in zoology from university of Calcutta. After completion of my masters in year 2007 I have got an opportunity to work in Pakke Tiger reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, on seed dispersal ecology of hornbills and pigeons and its effect on tropical forest regeneration. During the field work in the remote forest areas my interest to work on wildlife and local community dependent on forest was developed. I have joined Wildlife Trust of India in year 2009 and got involved in survey of Mishmi Takin and later in Asiatic Black bear rehabilitation project. During the project work I got the opportunity to explore the remote areas of the state of Arunachal Pradesh and some parts of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura. During this tenure I have completed my PhD on rehabilitation ecology of Asiatic Black bear from Assam University, Silchar. In year 2014 I have joined the Central India Tiger habitat conservation project of Wildlife Trust of India and worked in Gondia, Bhandara, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. I have studied the animal abundance and different vegetation parameters in the forest corridors of Nagzira Navegaon Tiger reserve, Navegaon National park and Tadoba Andhari Tiger reserve, and corridor forest between Navegaon national park and Kanha Tiger reserve in the state of Maharashtra. Within the study I have also tried to quantify the dependency of local villagers to the forest corridors.   

I have joined Wildlife Institute of India in NMSHE project as Project Associate in October 2016. I am keen to use my specialization in the project and as an ardent lover of diversity of Himalayan region will try to explore and get more knowledge on Indian Himalayan region.


Dr. Vineet K. Dubey

After perusing my M.Sc. from Lucknow University, I joined as a SRF at ICAR- National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow and worked on the modelling the priority habitat use of the aquatic species in Ken and Betwa rivers planned for interlinking in India. During my doctoral work, I have studied several biological indices for the prioritization of fish assemblages to measure the attributes responsive to human-induced environmental change in the Ganges basin. I also got an opportunity to work in the all India tiger monitoring at Wildlife Institute of India and equally interested in aquatic as well as terrestrial ecology. Presently, I am working as a Project Associate in the aquatic component of the DST-NMSHE project where I am studying the possible effects of climate change on the aquatic fauna of the Indian Himalayan Region.

Much of my research centers in studying and exploring the mechanism that regulates fish assemblage, population dynamics, distribution and life history traits in view of environmental change. I believe to connect my research work that can help in effective conservation and derived informed decision about the environment.

Key publications:

  1. Dubey, V. K., Sarkar, U. K., Pandey, A., Sani, R., Lakra, W. S. (2012). The influence of habitat on the spatial variation in fish assemblage composition in an unimpacted tropical River of Ganga basin, India. Aquatic Ecology 46:165–174
  2. Dubey, V. K., Sarkar, U. K., Kumar R. S., Mir, J. I., Pandey, A., Lakra, W. S. (2012). Length–weight relationships (LWRs) of 12 Indian freshwater fish species from an un-impacted tropical river of Central India (River Ken). Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 28: 854–856
  3. Dubey, V. K.; Sarkar, U. K.; Pandey, A.; Sani, R.; Lakra W. S. (2012). Fish communities and trophic metrics as measures of ecological degradation: a case study in the tributaries of the river Ganga basin, India. Revista de Biologia Tropical 61 (3): 1351-1363