S. Sathyakumar, Ph.D.


S. Sathyakumar, Ph.D.
S. Sathyakumar, Ph.D.
Scientist - F
E-mail: ssk [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

I have been involved in field research on mountain ungulates, galliformes and bears in the Indian Himalaya since 1989. My research interests are the ecology and conservation of wildlife in the mountains; development of field techniques for the study and monitoring of rare and endangered species; and the wildlife of the southern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. I am involved in teaching high altitude ecology, habitat ecology, population ecology and quantitative ecology. I am presently the Co-chair of the South Asian Brown Bear Expert Team and a member of the IUCN/SSC Caprinae, Galliformes and Bear Specialist Groups.


Ecology of mountain ungulates; galliformes; bears; high altitude ecology; habitat ecology; population ecology; southern Indian Ocean; Antarctica .

Current Projects

  Developing spatial database for carnivores, their prey and their habitats in Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, Sikkim.
  Ecology of Asiatic black bear in Dachigam National Park, Kashmir.Conservation of red junglefowl in India.

Key Publications

  Ramesh K., S. Sathyakumar & G.S. Rawat (2008). Methods of capture and radio tracking of Western tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus J.E. Gray 1829) in the Great Himalayan National Park, India. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 105(2): 127–132.
  Sathyakumar S. & S. Viswanath (2003). Observations on food habits of Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) in Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, India: preliminary evidence on the role of black bears in enhancing seed germination and germination. Ursus 14(1): 95–104.
Anjali A., S.K. Uniyal, G.S. Rawat & S. Sathyakumar (2003). Food plants and feeding habits of Himalayan ungulates. Current Science 85(6): 719–723.
Sathyakumar S. (2001). Status and management of Asiatic black bear and brown bear in India. Ursus 12: 21–30.