S. Sathyakumar, Ph.D.


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


I obtained my Masters and Ph.D degrees in Wildlife Sciences and have been working forwildlife conservation and sustainable development, largely in the mountain ecosystems since 1989.  Research interests include: species-habitat relationships in relation to human use, wildlife-livestock interactions, impacts of human use and climate change on wildlife and their habitats, Impact assessments of developmental projects, management of human-wildlife conflicts through community participation and use of modern tools and techniques.  I also develop and implement training programmes to build the skills of state forest departments and other stakeholders in the field of wildlife monitoring, habitat management, and management of human-wildlife conflicts.


Ecology of mountain ungulates; bears, galliformes; habitat ecology; population ecology; impacts of anthropogenic pressure and climate change on wildlife and their habitats; human-wildlife conflicts;

Current Projects

  National Mission on Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem – Task Force IV
  National Mission on Himalayan Studies: Human-Wildlife Conflict Management in the Indian Himalayan Region
  SECURE Himalaya Project

Key Publications

    Pal, R., Thakur, S., Arya, S., Bhattacharya, T., & Sathyakumar, S. 2020. Mammals of the Bhagirathi basin, Western Himalaya: understanding distribution along spatial gradients of habitats and disturbances. Oryx, Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605319001352
    Naha, D., Dash, S.K, Chettri, Chauhdary, P., Sonker, G., Heurich, M. Rawat, G. S., and Sathyakumar, S., 2020.  Landscape predictors of human-leopard conflicts within multi-use areas of the Himalayan regon. Scientific Reports 10:11129 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-67980-w 
  Thakur, M., Fernandes, M., Singh, S.K., Vijh, R.K., Han, J., Wu, D, and Zhang, Y. 2018. Understanding the cryptic introgression and mixed ancestry of Red Junglefowl in India. PLoS ONE 13 (10): e0204351.  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0204351
  Pande, A., Sivakumar, K., Sathyakumar, S., Suresh Kumar, K, Johnson, J.A., Mondol, S., and V.B. Mathur. 2017. Monitoring Wildlife and their Habitats in the Southern Ocean and Around Indian Research Stations in Antarctica. Proc Indian Natn Sci Acad 83 No.2 June Thematic Issue 2017 pp.483-496
  Sathyakumar, S. and Bashir, T.  2013.  Wildlife of the Himalaya: Conservation Issues and the Way Forward (IN) Arora, S., Negi, B.S., Bhan, S., Bali, J.S., and Bharti, V.K. (Eds.). Mountain People and their Environment. Soil Conservation Society of India, New Delhi. Pp322-343.
  Sathyakumar, S. 2001.  Status and Management of Asiatic Black Bear and Brown Bear in India.  URSUS. Vol.12: 21-30.