Ashok KumarMy name is Ashok Kumar and I am from Tamil Nadu. I Completed my Master’s in Wildlife Biology from Bharathidasan University- TamilNadu in 2008. I did my Master’s Dissertation in the title “Assessment of Efficacies of Farmer’s, Forest Staff and Existing Elephant-Proof Barrier Mechanism in Mitigating Human-Elephant Conflict” at Bannerghatta National Park, Karnataka, Southern India. I joined Wildlife Institute of India as a researcher in the project entitled “Monitoring Tiger, Co-Predators Prey and their Habitat” in 2009 December. Later based on the selection in the walk-in interview conducted by Wildlife Institute on 12th August I was selected as a Junior Research Fellow in the project entitled “Monitoring System for Tigers Intensive Patrolling and Ecological Status (M-STrIPES)”.

I am presently working in Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve in the project M-STrIPES under the supervision of Dr.Y.V Jhala and Shri Qamar Qureshi for the period of two years from14-09-2011 to 13-09-2013.
My primary areas of interest are behavioral study in large mammals and I am equally interested in studying Human-Wildlife Conflict in the protected areas. I consider education as the greatest conservation strategy.

Ashok Kumar kumar [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

Anup Kumar PradhanI did my Master’s in Wildlife biology from North Orissa University Baripada. My Masters dissertation was on Ecology of Indian Giant Squirrel in Karalapat Wildlife Sanctuary Odisha. Thereafter I joined All India Tiger estimation Project in 2010. I worked in Central Indian tiger reserves and Mangrove forested Sundarban Tiger reserve. Currently I am working as Research Biologist in “MSTrIPES” (Monitoring System for Tigers Intensive patrolling and Ecological Status) where my work is to trained the Forest official to use the data of enforcement and ecological aspects and how they are related to each other. Besides this My interest lies in Non-Pantherine Carnivore Community study

Anup Kumar Pradhan anup [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

Dipanjan NahaMy Master s dissertation at F.R.I University  in 2008-09 introduced me to the world of large carnivores leading me to the tropical semievergreen  forests of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Ghats, Kerala with the help of collaboration with Wildlife Institute of India. I evaluated status of tigers and leopards using mark recapture based camera trapping and occupancy based sign surveys along with distance sampling based line transects to quantify prey base. Based on our research findings the sanctuary was officially declared as a tiger reserve in 2010. Later, I joined as a Research Fellow at the Wildlife Institute of India to study tigers in the mangrove swamps of Sundarban delta and went on to register my PhD, primarily focusing on Ranging pat-tern, habitat use by tiger and human-tiger conflict.

My present research focuses on developing a methodology to evaluate status of tiger, co-predators and prey in the mangrove swamps through a combination of camera trapping, distance sampling, khal surveys, sign decay  and deposition and telemetry, modeling effect of natural factors on tiger sign decay and deposition rates, understand socio-biology of tigers in a dynamic ecosystem and influence of tidal fluctuations, quantify human-tiger conflict, identifying drivers and spatio-temporal patterns of conflict, resource dependence of local people on forests, socio-economic profile and attitudes towards conservation  and modeling of conflict hotspots. This was the first pioneering scientific research work on tiger ecology to be undertaken in the hostile sundarbans reputed due to the severity of human-tiger conflict since historic times. In 2010-11 we came up with the first scientific estimates of tiger population for the Indian Sundarbans using a combination of satellite telemetry, camera trapping and occupancy based channel surveys.

Apart from hard core wildlife biology, i am an ardent follower of rock & roll, metal music, head banging to the tunes of Joe Satriani ,Kirk Hammet, Judas priest, Slash & Dimebag Darrell. Cricket and tennis gives me immense pleasure to chill out apart from the daily miseries of life.

Dipanjan Naha dipanjan [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

Indranil MondalI pursued my Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Presidency College, Kolkata, followed by Masters in Geoinformatics from University of Pune. I got introduced to Wildlife science during my Masters Dissertation which I undertook at Wildlife Institute of India (WII), where I studied the habitat connectivity of the Tricarinate Hill-turtle (Schedule I species) within WII campus.

I joined WII as a Researcher Fellow in a project funded by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which focused on human dimensions of Landuse and Landcover change in the Lower Gangetic Basin, India. Presently I am evaluating the landscape use by dispersing or stray tigers and use Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve landscape complex as model to investigate the current status of habitat connectivity using information from tiger stray incidents to identify major barriers or bottlenecks in connectivity, which coincides with human-tiger conflicts.

My research interests include Habitat Connectivity, Landscape Ecology and Landuse Landcover Dynamics.

Indranil Mondal indranil [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

Manjari RoyI am working as a research fellow in the project entitled “Population Estimation and Ecology of the tiger in Sunderbans” under the supervision of Dr. Y.V. Jhala and Shri Qamar Qureshi. I am registered as a doctoral student in Saurashtra University, with the objective of evaluating different methods to monitor tiger and its prey population in Sunderbans Tiger Reserve.

 I would like to work on mammalian fauna of the Eastern Himalayas and also on behaviour of canids especially wolves in the future.

Manjari Roy manjari [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

Kausik BanerjeeAfter finishing my undergraduate in Zoology (Hons.) from Presidency College, Kolkata; I joined Forest Research Institute (FRI) University (Dehra Dun) for my Master’s degree in 2003. I earned my postgraduate in Forestry (Economics & Management) in 2005 (Gold Medal). I am associated with the Wildlife Institute of India since 2004; initially as a masters’ affiliate and later as a research fellow. I pursued my doctoral thesis under the supervision of Dr. Yadvendradev Jhala & Shri Qamar Qureshi from FRI University and currently awaiting for the award of the degree.

I worked in WII’s prey assessment study for reintroduction of Asiatic lions in Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary (Madhya Pradesh) for my master’s thesis. My study came up with prey density figures and habitat specific strip width models for Kuno. Since October 2005 I have been working in WII’s ‘Ecology of Lion’ research project. With protection and management intervention, Asiatic lion population numbers and extent increased from below 50 individuals occupying a few hundred km2 to over 400 covering over 9,000 km2 of agro-pastoral Gir landscape. Conserving lions as well as other wildlife in human use landscapes is essential as India does not have a land base for large PA systems that can house viable populations by themselves. Coexistence bound to create conflict situations. With the unprecedented change in land-use pattern in the Gir landscape, long-term lion conservation is possible only through maintaining ‘meta-population’ structure and minimizing human-lion conflicts.

Good management is to address conflicts in a timely meaningful way so that society continues to be tolerant to large carnivore persistence in their neighborhood. Based on science, my doctoral research addressed this wherein I used state-of-art radio-telemetry to investigate lion ecology at a landscape level with emphasis on lion population dynamics, ranging, activity, resource selection, food habits and economics of human-lion conflicts. My seven year study on lions has documented lion demographic parameters, delineated habitat corridors crucial for permitting exchange of individuals between ‘source’ and ‘sink’ populations (meta-population dynamics) and identified biological and social carrying capacities for future lion conservation in the human dominated Gir landscape.

Academically, my research interests include carnivore ecology and conservation, prey-predator dynamics and economics of conflicts and coexistence.

Kausik Banerjee kausik [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

Neha Awasthi
I am postgraduate in zoology from Kanpur University. I joined Wildlife institute of India (WII) in December, 2009 in all India tiger monitoring project named as “Monitoring Tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat”. After that I engaged as junior research fellow in project named as “Monitoring source population of tiger in Kanha Tiger Reserve” under supervision of Dr. Y.V. Jhala and Professor Qamar Quereshi.
My project objectives are to estimate the tiger population dynamics and abundance estimation of prey population. My future research interest is to work on community structure of ungulates in respect to resource and spatial ecology.

Neha Awasthi neha [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

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