SCB - Asia Section Conference 19th - 20th March, 2018


FACULTY



Core Faculty

Dr. N.P.S. Chauhan
  Dr. N.P.S. Chauhan, Director


    He did his M.Sc. (Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology) and Ph.D. (Ecology and reproductive biology of small wild mammals) in Zoology from University of Delhi, Delhi. He has attended several Training and Specialized Courses programs such as Wildlife Management in Wildlife Damage Control from US, Rome and Italy under the UNDP-FAO Fellowship program; Remote Sensing and GIS course from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun; Wildlife Management from New Zealand and Australia under the UNDP-FAO Fellowship program; Research and Development Management International Course from CSIRO, Australia; Master Class in Vertebrate Research and Management from CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology, Australia, and Primate research and population control techniques from University of California, Davis, USA.

    Teaching and Research Interests
    He has more than 30 years of teaching and training professional experience. He taught Zoology in several colleges of Delhi University, Delhi. He served as lecturer of Wildlife Biology in North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India. For 28 years, he served as scientist in the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. He has more than 36 Years of research experience in the field of Biodiversity conservation, Wildlife Management, Reproductive biology and Endocrinology of mammals, and Fertility control in regulation of animal populations. He has 21 research projects (National and International funding). He provided about 155 Consultancies and Technical Advice to Forest departments, Government and private organizations. He attended 75 National and International Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops and Seminars. He has published 71 research papers, reports and articles; 32 scientific reports and 6 book chapters and two technical manuals. He has supervised five M.Sc. dissertations, and seven Ph.Ds.

    Apart, he is the member of IUCN Pig and Peccaries Specialist Group, Sloth Bear Specialist Group, Black Bear Specialist Group, Sun Bear Specialist Group, a committee on ‘Control of stray animal menace and monkey menace, Animal welfare Division, MOEF. He has also served member of ‘Emergency Relief Network, Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi, and ‘Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration’-Wildlife Society, Bethesda, USA. He has also served as co-chair of Sloth Bear Expert team, IBA.

    Key Publications
    Naim Akhtar, Bargali HS and Chauhan NPS. (2004). Sloth bear habitat use in disturbed and unprotected areas of Madhya Pradesh, India. Ursus 15(2): 203-211.

    Bargali HS, Naim Akhtar and Chauhan NPS. (2004). Feeding ecology of sloth bears in a disturbed area in central India. Ursus 15(2): 212-217.

    Bargali HS, Naim Akhtar and Chauhan NPS. (2005). Characteristics of sloth bear attacks and human casualties in North Bilaspur Forest Division, Chhattisgarh, India. Ursus 16(2): 263–267.

    Chauhan NPS and Jagdish Singh RK (2006). Status and distribution of sun bears in Manipur, India. Ursus 17(2): 182-185.

    Book Chapters
    Chauhan NPS, Sethy J, Mondal K, and Kumar A. (2012). Bear Conservation Action Plan Manipur. National Bear Conservation and Welfare Action Plan. Pp.209-220.

    Chauhan NPS, Sethy J, Mondal K and Latha T. (2012). Bear Conservation Action Plan Nagaland. National Bear Conservation and Welfare Action Plan. Pp.245-252.

    Sethy J, Chauhan NPS, and Sahu HK. (2015). Status of Bears in North East India. Biodiversity Conservation Research, Management, ISBN -978-93-5202-849-8.


Mr. J.C. Kala
  Dr. Randeep Singh, Assistant Professor


    He did his Master degree in Ecology and Environment science from Sikkim Manipal University Gangtok (Sikkim), Post graduate diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS (Forestry and Ecology) from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun (Department of Space) and a PhD degree in environment science (Wildlife Ecology) from Wildlife Institute of India (a research affiliate centre of Gurukula Kangri Vishvavidhyala, Haridwar).

    Teaching and Research Interests
    Dr. Randeep has been actively involved in research and has extensively contributed towards carnivore ecology, natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. During his PhD research work with Wildlife Institute of India (2005-2011), he has compared non-invasive methods for population estimation of tiger (Panthera tigris) and also quantified the impact of spatial-temporal variation in habitat use pattern and habitat suitability analysis of tiger. During the course of his doctoral work, he became very interested in carnivore population dynamics, reproductive behaviour, dispersal pattern, and landscape modelling. Additionally, he was actively involved in assessing forest change detection after an interval of 5 year period and also gained experience for using high-resolution satellite data in preparing an accurate and reliable forest and wildlife database at 1:25,000 scale for all the Biosphere Reserves of India located in distinct biogeographical zones of the country during his post-doctoral work. Also, he studied the social and ecological dynamics of arid landscapes of the Rajasthan with intertwining principles of mutualism for improving the living conditions of the poor people and for sustainable development of natural resources. Presently he teaches Remote sensing, Geographic information system, Conservation biology, Landscape ecology, Species Distribution Modelling, Population and community ecology, Basic Statistics, Habitat ecology, Eco-tourism, Landscape ecology and also conducts field labs along with mentoring students enrolled in ecological research.

    Ongoing Research Project:
    Assessing the population status, ecology and conservation of caracal in the selected protected area of semi-arid habitat region of Rajasthan, India Caracal is a Schedule I species in the Indian Wildlife Protection (Act) 1972, which provides the highest level of protection from hunting. In spite of this, till date not a single study has been designed to check the status, ecology and biology of this species in India. There is no action plan designed for Caracal being Schedule I species and the reasons include lacuna on information regarding population, food habit and habitat use pattern. In such scenario, the current project addresses the focal research points, which will help in filling up the gaps of knowledge and formulating the species-specific conservation action plan for long term survival of this species.

    Journal Articles
    Singh R, Krausman PR, Goyal SP and Chauhan NPS (2015). Factors contributing losses of tigers in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, India. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39(3): 670–673.

    Singh R, Qureshi Q, Sankar K, Krausman PR, Goyal SP (2015). Estimating occupancy and abundance of caracal in a semi-arid habitat, western India. European Journal of Wildlife Research 61 (6): 915-918.

    Singh R, Nigam P, Qureshi Q, Sankar K, Krausman PR, Goyal SP and Nicolson KL (2015). Characterizing human–tiger conflict in and around Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, western India. European Journal of Wildlife Research 61: 255-261.

    Singh R, Krausman PR, Qureshi Q, Sankar K, Goyal SP, Tripathi A (2014) First parturition of tigers (Panthera tigris) in a semi-arid habitat, western India. European Journal of Wildlife Research 60: 383-386.

    Singh R, Qureshi Q, Sankar K, Krausman PR, Goyal SP (2014) Population and habitat characteristics of the caracal semi-arid landscape, western India. Journal of Arid Environments 103: 92-95.

    Hari PR, Reddy CS, Singh R and Jha CS (2014c). Landscape level analysis of Disturbance regimes in Protected Areas of Rajasthan, India. Journal of Earth System Sciences 123(3): 467-478.

    Singh R, Qureshi Q, Sankar K, Krausman PR, Joshi BD, Goyal SP (2014). Distinguishing sex of free-ranging tigers using pugmark measurements. Italian Journal of Zoology 81(2): 304-309.

    Singh R, Qureshi Q, Sankar K, Krausman PR, Goyal SP (2014). Female reproductive characteristics of Bengal tigers, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, India. European Journal of Wildlife Research 60(4): 579-587.

    Singh R, Qureshi Q, Sankar K, Krausman PR, Goyal SP and Nicolson KL (2014). Population density of striped hyenas in relation to habitat in a semi-arid landscape, western India. Acta Theriologica 59: 521-527.

    Singh R, Chauhan DS, Mishra S, Krausman PR, Goyal SP (2014). Tiger density in tropical lowland forest of Eastern Himalayan Mountains. Springer Plus, DOI: 10.1186/2193-1801-3-462.

    Singh R, Nigam P, Qureshi Q, Sankar K, Krausman PR, Goyal SP (2014). Strategy of female tigers to avoid infanticide. Current science 107 (9): 1595-1597.

    Singh R, Qureshi Q, Sankar K, Krausman PR, Goyal SP (2014). Evaluating heterogeneity of sex-specific capture probability and precision in camera-trap population estimates of tigers. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38(4) 791-796.

    Singh R, Mazumdar A, Sankar K, Qureshi Q, Goyal SP, Nigam P (2013) Interbirth interval and litter size of free-ranging Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) in dry tropical deciduous forests of India. European Journal of Wildlife Research 59: 629-636.

    Singh R, Qureshi Q, Sankar K, Krausman PR, Goyal SP (2013) Use of camera traps to determine dispersal of tigers in semi-arid landscape, western India. Journal of Arid Environments 98: 105-108.

    Singh R, Nigam P, Goyal SP, Joshi BD, Sharma S, Shekhawat RS (2011). Survival of dispersed orphaned tiger cubs (Panthera tigris tigris) In fragmented habitat of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve In India. Indian Forester, 137(10), 1171-1176.

    Singh R, Joshi PK, Kumar M, Dash PP, Josh BD (2009). Development of Tiger Habitat Suitability Model using Geospatial Tools – A case study in Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary (AMWLS), Chhattisgarh India. Environmental monitoring and assessment, 155: 555-567.

    Book Chapters:
    Singh R, Garg R, Shekhawat RS (2008). Back to wild - a tiger, In: Arora. B.M.(Ed), Indian Wildlife Year Book, Association of Indian Zoo & wildlife veterinarian, 85-86 PP.

    Joshi R and Singh R (2013). Macro Fauna in Himalayan Region. In: Rawal et al. (Eds), The Himalayan Biodiversity: Richness, Representativeness, Uniqueness and Life-Support Values. Almora, Uttarakhand: GBPIHED.


Dr. Upamanyu Hore
  Dr. Upamanyu Hore, Assistant Professor


    A Ph.D. in Wildlife Science and Masters in Environmental Science. He has more than 10 years of research experience in wildlife science and conservation ecology.

    Teaching and Research Interests
    Dr. Upamanyu Hore’s areas of research interests are in community ecology, behavioral ecology, urban ecology, climate change and ecosystem processes with the goal of applying understanding towards reconciling biodiversity conservation with human development. He has an extensive experience in developing computer simulation models of populations, communities and ecosystem processes. He is currently teaching courses on biostatistics, urban ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, environmental design, natural resources management, sustainable development and social research methods. He is actively involved in research projects dealing conservation of endangered primate species in North East India. He is also active on several science advisory boards, and editorial boards of the journals.

    Journal Articles
    Hore U. and Uniyal, V.P. (2013). Higher Taxa Surrogacy and Efficiency in Spider Conservation: A Case Study from Terai Conservation Area, India. (Accepted: WII ENVIS Bulletin, in press).

    Hore U. and Uniyal, V.P. (2010). Influence of space, vegetation structure, and microclimate on spider (Araneae) species composition in Terai Conservation Area, India. European Journal of Arachnology. 1: 71-77.

    Uniyal V.P. and Hore U. (2008). Spider diversity & habitat association patterns in Dudhwa National Park, India. Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 15: 89- 95.

    Hore U. and Uniyal, V.P. (2008). Diversity & composition of spider assemblages in five vegetation types of the Terai Conservation Area, India. Journal of Arachnology 36: 251–258.

    Hore U. and Uniyal, V.P. (2008). Effect of prescribed burning on spider assemblage in Terai Grasslands, India. Turkish Journal of Arachnology, 1: 15-36.

    Hore U. and Uniyal, V.P. 2008. The use of spiders (Araneae) as indicator for monitoring of habitat conditions in Terai Conservation Area, India. Indian Forester 134: 1371-1380.

    Uniyal V. P. and Hore. U. 2006. Studies on the Spider Fauna in Mixed Sal Forest Area of Chandrabani, Dehra Dun. Indian Forester 132(12a): 83-88.

    Book Chapter
    U. Hore. 2008. Butterfly abundance & diversity patterns in urban habitats of Kolkata & adjoining suburban areas. (Wildlife Biodiversity Conservation: Proceedings of the ‘National Seminar on Wildlife Biodiversity Conservation’. Delhi, Daya Publication., xviii, 390 Pp)

    Technical Reports
    Uniyal V. P. and Hore. U. 2008. Effect of management practices on Spider diversity in Terai conservation Area (TCA). Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

    Hore U, Kala JC, Sinha BKP, and Das J. 2012. Effect of habitat fragmentation on Capped Langur in Assam. Amity University, Uttar Pradesh.


Prof. B.K.P. Sinha
  Dr. Janmejay Sethy, Assistant Professor


    Dr. Janmejay Sethy, did his M.Sc. in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from North Orissa University, in 2004, after that he joined Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun as a Field Biologist in 2006, which led him to do his Ph.D. from Saurashtra University, Rajkot with Affiliation to Wildlife Institute of India on “Ecology of Malayan Sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) with special reference to human-sun bear conflict in Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh”. Later, he was awarded prestigious Dr. D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral (UGC Scheme) fellowship though he was selected for Post-Doctoral Fellow (Young Scientist). During his postdoc, he worked on Ecology of Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) and its role in forest restoration in Dampa Tiger Reserve, North-East India.

    Teaching and Research Interests
    His special interests are mammals and birds, Bear ecology and Conservation biology. He has been working on Project “Status and Distribution of Malayan sun bear in North East India”. He has considerable research experience which he gained through extensive field work and he has experience even in project monitoring. His other works include “Status of Tigers, Co-Predator and Prey” in Central India and Tarei-arc landscape in India. Surveys on birds viz., “Different type of land use Patterns of Butterflies and Birds in Tarai Area”. His ever-long interest includes Ecology of Malayan sun bear in North-East India which he has been concentrating since the last ten years. Additionally, he is expertise in Animal ecology and conservation biology and he has been internationally recognised as IUCN/BSG Sun bear expert team member.

    Projects undertaken
    Scientific Study on Biodiversity of Meghataburu Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of Arcelor Mittal, India Limited, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Co-PI)

    Scientific Study on Biodiversity survey of Bhusan Coal Mining and steel plant Hemgiri, Sundargarh, Odisha (Co-PI).

    Study of Biodiversity in and around Rungta Coal Mines, Sarkunda, Koira, Keonjhar (Co-PI).

    Population status and ecology of highly endangered Malayan Sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) and sensitization of local communities for its conservation in Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram, India (PI).

    Preparation of Biodiversity Management Plan, Regional Wild life Plan and carrying capacity Study for the Makum Coal Fields in Assam (Co-PI).

    Population status, spatial distribution and Conservation of Small Carnivores in Similipal Tiger Reserve, Mayurbhanj, Orissa (Co-PI).

    Research Publications (27nos)
    Sethy J. and Chauhan NPS. (2016). Assessing Habitat Use by Sun Bears in Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Applied Ecology and Environment Research 14 (1): 215-236.

    Sethy J. and Chauhan NPS. (2016). Status and Distribution of Malayan Sun Bear in Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, India. International Journal of Conservation Science 7(2): 533-552.

    Gouda S, Sethy J. and Chauhan NPS. (2016). First photo capture of Asiatic golden cat in Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram, India, CAT news Autumn 64: 26-27.

    Sethy J, Gouda S. and Chauhan NPS. (2016). Confirm occurrence and photographic evidence of marbled cat from Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram, India, CAT news Autumn 65: 26-27.

    Sethy J, Behera S. and Chauhan NPS. (2014). Species diversity of butterflies in South-Eastern part of Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology 1(3): 78-81.

    Sethy J. and Chauhan NPS. (2013). Human-sun bear conflict in Mizoram states, North-east, India. International Journal of Conservation Science 4 (3): 317-328.

    Sethy J. (2013). Livestock and Human Predation by Carnivores in Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh, India. International Journal of Bio-Resources and Stress Management 4(4): 620-627.

    Sethy J. and Chauhan NPS. (2012). Conservation status of Sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) in Nagaland State, North-East India. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology 1(2):103-109.

    Sethy J. and Chauhan NPS. (2011). Use and trade of bear body parts: impact and conservation in Arunachal Pradesh, India. International Journal of Bio-Resources and Stress Management 2(4):409-415.

    Book Chapters
    Chauhan NPS, Sethy J, Mondal K, and Kumar A. (2012). Bear Conservation Action Plan Manipur. National Bear Conservation and Welfare Action Plan. Pp.209-220.

    Chauhan NPS, Sethy J, Mondal K and Latha T. (2012). Bear Conservation Action Plan Nagaland. National Bear Conservation and Welfare Action Plan. Pp.245-252.

    Sethy J, Chauhan NPS, and Sahu HK. (2015). Status of Bears in North East India. Biodiversity Conservation Research, Management, ISBN -978-93-5202-849-8.

    Gouda S, Begum S, Pramanik K, Sethy J. and Sahu HK. (2015). Determination of Faunal diversity in Jamkani Reserve Forest, Sundargarh, Odisha, and the impact of mining on it. Biodiversity Conservation Research, Management, ISBN -978-93-5202-849-8.

    Mardaraj PC. and Sethy J. (2015). Human Wildlife Conflict: Issues and Managements. Biodiversity Conservation Research, Management, ISBN -978-93-5202-849-8.

    Sethy J, Mohanta R. and Sahu HK. (2016). To suggest strategies for mitigation of human-bear conflict and conservation of bears population.

    Ethno-pharmacology-Biodiversity and Conservation, 215-243, ISBN-978-81-932499-5-6.


Mr. Vineet K. Shrivastava
  Murali Krishna Chatakonda, PhD, Assistant Professor


    He did his Masters in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry and PhD from Wildlife Resource and Conservation Lab, Department of Forestry, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology, Arunachal Pradesh. Later, he worked for MoEF & CC, Govt. of India as Project Scientist in the National Mission on Himalayan Studies project management unit cum Nodal office which is stationed and handled by GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Almora, Uttarakhand.

    Teaching and Research Interests
    Ecology of Nocturnal and Elusive Mammals has often caught his eye. He worked on Gliding Mammals, Small Mammals, Apes, Small Carnivores in Eastern Himalayas especially Aruanchal Pradesh. He has also worked on projects related to bird diversity in Aruanchal Pradesh. Apart, tribal culture and their association with wildlife are his research interests. He is interested in teaching basics of ecology and conservation biology. His research interests on broad scale include Animal Behaviour and Community based Conservation. He is a member of IUCN- Small Mammal Specialist Group and member of World Commission on Protected Areas. He has reviewed several national and international papers.

    Journal Articles
    Krishna M, Ray PC, Sarma K and Kumar A. (2012). Conservation of White-bellied Heron Ardea insignis (Hume, 1878) habitat in Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Current Science 102 (8): 1092-1093.

    Sarma K, Krishna M and Kumar A. (2013). Ground feeding observations of Eastern Hoolock Gibbon. Current Science 104(5): 587-589.

    Kumar A, Sarma K, Panvor J, Mazumdar K, Devi A, Krishna M and Ray PC. (2014). Threats to the Bengal slow loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) in and around Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India: impediments to conservation. Journal of Endangered Species Research, 23: 99-106.

    Kumar A, Sarma K, Krishna M and Devi A. (2014). The Eastern Hoolock Gibbon (Hoolock leuconedys) in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh, India. Primate Conservation 27: 115-123

    Krishna M and Kumar A. (2014). Why often Red Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista petaurista) is mistaken for Namdapha Flying Squirrel (Biswamoyopterus biswasi) in Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened taxa 6(8): 6138-6141

    Sarma K, Krishna M and Kumar A. (2015). Fragmented populations of Eastern Hoolock Gibbon Hoolock leuconedys in Lower Dibang Valley District, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Oryx 49(1): 133-139.

    Ray PC, Kumar A, Devi A, Khan ML and Krishna M. (2015). Role of Habitat Characteristics on Group Density of Western Hoolock Gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) in Namdapha National Park of Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalaya, India. International Journal of Primatology. (Available Online). Doi: 0.1007/s10764-015-9834-4.

    Krishna M, Kumar A and Tripathi OP. (2016). Gliding Performance of Red Giant Gliding Squirrel (Petaurista petaurista) in Tropical Rainforest of Indian Eastern Himalaya. Wildlife Biology 22(1): 7-12.

    Krishna M and Kumar A. (2016). Occurrence of Grey-headed Gliding Squirrel (Petaurista caniceps) in Arunachal Pradesh, India with a note on its taxonomy. Proceedings of Zoological Society, India. (Available Online) Doi: 10.1007/s12595-015-0158-3.

    Sarma K, Kumar A, Krishna M, Medhi M and Tripath OP. (2016). Predicting Suitable Habitats for the Vulnerable Eastern Hoolock Gibbon, Hoolock leuconedys, in India Using the MaxEnt Model. Folia Primatologica (Available Online). Doi: 10.1159/000381952.

    Krishna M, Kumar A, Tripathi OP, and Koprowski JL. (2016). Diversity, Distribution and Status of Gliding Squirrels in Protected and Non-Protected Areas of the Eastern Himalayas in India. Hystrix (Italian Journal of Mammology) 27(2). (IF- 4.33) DOI: 10.4404/hystrix-27.2-11688.

    Projects under progress/completed
    Investigating the foraging patterns and distribution of nocturnal frugivores with special focus on their conservation threats in Namdapha National Park (completed).

    Avian diversity and threats to species of the lesser known destination the “Talle Wildlife Sanctuary” of Eastern Himalayas, Arunachal Pradesh, India (completed).

    Understanding Squirrels for Science and Conservation in Lesser Studied Eastern Himalayan Landscapes of Arunachal Pradesh, India (In Progress).

Mrs. Maya Kumari
  Puneet Pandey, Assistant Professor

Description:
    Teaching and Research Interests:
    Population genetics, Landscape genetics, Phylogenetics, Phylogeography Wildlife Forensics, and Wildlife Laws and Policies.

    Professional experience and affiliations
    Assistant Professor, Amity Institute of Wildlife Sciences, Amity University (July 2016 onwards)
    Adjunct Researcher Associate, Conservation Genome Resource Bank of Korean Wildlife, Seoul National University (March 2016 onwards)
    Research Associate, Conservation Genome Resource Bank of Korean Wildlife, Seoul National University (Feb 2015 – Feb 2016)
    Project Coordinator, Tiger Trust, New Delhi (October 2014 to December 2014)
    Research Fellow, Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun, Uttrakhand (May 2010 to August 2014)

    Awards and recognitions
    Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi (INDIA) – CSIR-NET (2012) One year visiting scholar fellowship to undertake research of wild cats in South Korea from Department of Science and Technology under IKRI program (2015-2016) Invited as national expert on biodiversity in CBD Regional Round table for Asia and Pacific countries (October 16-19, 2017) organized by Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Montreal, Canada) at National Institute of Biological Resources, Inchon, Republic of Korea)

    Research Projects
    Korea-India Cooperative Study on Conservation Genetics of Tiger and Leopard: Development and Comparison of Ecological Genetic Techniques for Bengal Tiger and Korean Tiger, and for Indian Leopard and Korean Leopard (February 2015 – February 2016)
    Funding Agency – National Research Foundation (Republic of Korea)
    Asian big cats’ conservation through inclusive scientific cooperation and the use of unified DNA typing methodology (December 2017 – December 2018) Funding Agency: Ministry of Environment (Republic of Korea) and Bio-Bridge Initiative (BBI) program of Convention on Biological Diversity (Montreal, Canada) Extinct or Alive; re-investigating the distribution of critically endangered Himalayan Quail in India (January 2018 – January 2019) Funding Agency: The Mohammed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Scientific Talks (Conferences, Meetings, and Seminars)
    Role and development in wildlife forensics in dealing with wildlife crimes (January 2, 2018 – Conservation Biology Seminar organized by Conservation Genome Resource Bank for Korean Wildlife at Seoul National University College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea)
    Conservation needs multidisciplinary approach – compilation of tiger and leopard conservation efforts in India (January 6, 2018 – Public Seminar organized by Tiger and Leopard Conservation Fund in Korea at Seoul National University College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
    Asian big cat's conservation through technology sharing and the use of unified DNA typing methodology (October 19, 2017 – Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Asia and the Pacific organized by Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Montreal, Canada) at National Institute of Biological Resources, Inchon, Republic of Korea)
    What’s the fate of surviving tigers? (April 18, 2015, Public Seminar organized by Tiger and Leopard Conservation Fund in Korea at Seoul National University College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
    Genetic diversity assessment of Indian wild gaur (Bos gaurus gaurus) using bovine microsatellites in population of central India (November 2, 2013 – Students Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS-Beijing) organized by Beijing Forum at Peking University, Beijing, China)
    Conservation needs multidisciplinary approach - A tale of orphan tiger cubs (October 10, 2013 – Students Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS-NY) organized by American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA)

    Publications
    Singh R, Pandey P, Qureshi Q, Sankar K and Goyal SP. (2013). Comparison of tiger (Panthera tigris) population estimated using non-invasive techniques of pugmark, camera trap, and DNA based analysis of hair and scat in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Phase II: Estimation of tiger population. Final Report, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India.

    Bhaskar R, De R, Singh SK, Pandey P, Williams AC and Goyal SP. (2013). Use of faecal matter for individual and sex differentiation of Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) based on DNA techniques: A case study from Jeypore Reserve Forest, Dehing-Patkai Elephant Reserve, Assam, India. Final Report. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India.

    Singh R, Krausman PR, Pandey P, Qureshi Q, Sankar K, Goyal SP and Tripathi A (2013). First parturition of tigers in a semi-arid habitat, India. (European Journal of Wildlife Research)

    Singh SK, Mishra S, Jouni J, Kvist L, Nigam P, Pandey P, Sharma R. and Goyal SP. (2015) Tigers of Sundarbans Tiger Reserve in India: Is the population a separate conservation unit? (PLOS ONE).

    Singh SK Vipin Mishra S, Pandey P, Kumar VP and Goyal SP. (2015) Individualization of man-eater tiger of Corbett Tiger Reserve, India: A case report based on wildlife forensic genetics study (Wildlife Biology in Practice).

    Pandey P, Sharma V, Singh SK, Goel D and Goyal SP. (2016) Curtailing Human-Leopard Conflict Using Wildlife Forensics: A case study from Himachal Pradesh, India (Journal of Forensic Research).

    Kumar VP, Asch BV, Shukla M, Pandey P, Vipin Sharma CP and Goyal SP. (2016). Geographic assignment and molecular tracking in wildlife offences: A case study of seized elephant tail hair (International Journal of Forensic Science).

    Singh SK, Aspi J, Kvist L, Sharma R, Pandey P, Mishra S, Singh R, Aggarwal R. and Goyal SP. (2017) Fine-scale population genetic structure of the Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) in a human-dominated western Terai Arc Landscape, India. PLOS ONE (Accepted with revision).

    Pandey P, Goel D, Singh R, Singh SK and Goyal SP (2018). Use of molecular based approach in resolving subspecies ambiguity in rescued tiger cubs in Arunachal Pradesh, India. (Current Science).

    De R, Joshi BD, Shukla M, Pandey P, Singh R and Goyal SP (2018). Understanding predation behaviour of the tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, India: Use of low-cost gel based molecular sexing of prey hairs from scats. (Conservation Genetics Resources)

Mrs. Richa Sharma
  Mr. J.C. Kala, Advisor


    A practicing forester for over 35 years with a flair for natural resources conservation with human face and balancing it with development, he has headed the Indian forestry with over 10000 professionals, researchers, scientists and project management experts.
    He spearheaded, perhaps, the world’s largest people’s movement in Forests and Natural resource management. This participatory mode through variety of entry point activities was able to successfully link forest and other natural resources management with poverty alleviation and livelihood support; enhancement of agricultural productivity, literacy drive with no gender bias, and ultimately forest development became synonym to overall village development.
    He has also served as member of National Environment Appellate Authority- a statutory body set up under the constitution to hear appeals of persons aggrieved by the environment clearances issued by the Central and the State Governments. Currently he is heading the Institute of Global warming and ecological studies as its Director General, to undertake research on adaptive and mitigating measures in agriculture, forestry and health as a result global warming.


Dr. Nidhi Gauba Dhawan
  Prof. B.K.P. Sinha, Advisor


    Prof. B.K.P. Sinha is an Ex-Indian Forest Services Officer of 1968 batch. He is a well-known forester in India with Master’s Degree in Forestry (Economics) from University College of North Wales, (U.K.), Bangor. He is an acknowledged professional in the field of forestry and in natural resource management. He has a distinguished career and has served as Principal Chief Conserver/MD, UP Forest Cooperation, Project Director, World Bank Forestry Project and as special secretary to the government of UP. He has lately been National Coordinator, Task Force on inter-linking of rivers. He has also served with several UNDP/FAO projects. He has many scientific publications to his credit.

Dr. Prateek Srivastava
  Dr. S.P. Singh, (IFS Retd.) Professor


    Dr. Singh did his Ph.D. in Zoology (Insect Physiology), M. Phil. (Zoology- Entomology), Master degrees in 4 subjects viz. Zoology, Forestry, Sociology, Geoinformation (GIS & Remote Sensing).
    Dr. Singh joined Indian Forest Service in 1983 and served on several important assignments in the Forest Department of Assam. He also contributed in various wildlife conservation programmes at word heritage Sites – Manas and Kaziranga Tiger Reserve.
    Dr. Singh also served in the Project Tiger (Now NTCA) in Government of India. He also served in Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun; Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun and Indra Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Dehradun in different capacities. He has expertise in the field of Biodiversity Conservation, Eco-development, Forestry and Wildlife management, GIS &Remote Sensing, Climate Change & Carbon Assessment and Legal issues with forestry and wildlife sector

Dr. Renu Dhupper
  Dr. Lolita Pradhan, Assistant Professor


    Area of specialisation - Forest certification, Forest Governance & Policy issues, Participatory Forest Management, Ecological surveys, Tribal issues

    She holds PhD degree in Botany from Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, M. Phil degree in Natural Resource Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management and Master’s degree in Forestry. She has 10 years of Research experience in the field of forestry and Natural Resource Management and has worked in different institutes like IIFM Bhopal, FRI Dehradun and IIPA New Delhi. She was associated in research projects of UNDP, CAMPA, IIED, NMPB, NMCG, NDMA, State Forest Departments, State Biodiversity Board etc. She has more than 10 publications in national, international journal and in edited books. Her Specialisation is in Forestry and Natural Resource Management.

Dr. Renu Dhupper
  Dr. Vartika Singh, Assistant Professor


    She holds Ph.D. degree in Hydrogeology and Remote Sensing, M.Phil. degree in Hydrogeology from Vikram University and Master degree in App. Geology from Kurukshtera University. She has GATE Qualified all India rank 47. She has 5 years of research experience with Defence Terrain Research Laboratory, DRDO, Delhi. Where she is associated in various important projects of Defence Research & Development Organization, DTRL lab like GIM, Thar and PISTA. Her Specialisation of research is in Hydrogeology, Remote Sensing, Environmental Geology & Artificial Intelligence. She has more than 10 publications in various national, international journals. She is in Editorial Board of several national and international journals. Her Specialisation is in the groundwater, hydrology, geology, artificial intelligence and remote sensing.

Dr. Renu Dhupper
  Ms. Maya Kumari, Assistant Professor


    She holds M. Tech degree in Remote Sensing and GIS technology from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi and Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. She has done several research projects related to geospatial mapping of land degradation in Ranchi with Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi. She has 5 years of research experience in Natural Resource Management. Her Specialisation is the theory and practice of remote sensing and geographic information systems


Visiting Faculty

Prof. P.K. Joshi,
School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru Univeristy, Delhi
Specialization : Remote Sensing & GIS/Ecology/Natural Resource Management


Prof. Prodyut Bhattacharya,
School of Environment Management, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.
Specialization - Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Non-timber Forest Products, Forest Certification & Community/ Urban Forestry
Vivek Menon, Founder,
Trustee, Executive Director and CEO, Wildlife Trust of India
Specialization - Mammology and Biodiversity Conservation.
Dr. Rahul Kaul,
Scientist – Chief Ecologist, Wildlife Trust of India
Specialization - Ornithology, Conservation Breeding and Wildlife Utilization.
Mr. Sajan John,
Scientist - Wildlife Trust of India,
Specialization - Marine Ecology, Conservation of Coral Reefs and Sharks.
Dr. Jose Louies,
Regional Head, South India, Wildlife Trust of India
Specialization - Wildlife Crime
Dr. Mayukh Chaterjee,
Officer in Charge, Planning, Wildlife Trust of India.
Specialization - Human dimensions in Wildlife Management
Dr. N.V.K. Ashraf
, Chief Vet. Officer, Wildlife Trust of India
Specialization – Wildlife Health
Dr. Brij Kishore Gupta,
Evaluation and Monitoring Officer, Central Zoo Authority, (Ministry of Environment and Forests), New Delhi.
Specialization – Zoo Designing and Management
Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin, Scientist, Centre for Ecology & Development, Dehradun
Specialization - Sustainable forestry, Community-based conservation, Ornithology and Conservation-induced displacement in India.
Dr Sejal Worah,
Director Programs, WWF India
Specialization - Community Based Conservation, Landscape Ecology
Dr Dipankar Ghose,
Head Eastern Himalayas and Terai Arc Landscape WWF, India
Landscape Ecology
Dr. Pradheeps Mutthulingam,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Specialization - Wildlife Ecology, Community based Conservation.
Dr. Naim Akhtar,
Scientific Consultant, MoEF & CC, Govt. of India
Specialization – Carnivore Ecology.
Dr. Devender Kumar,
Scientific Officer, Central Zoo Authority of India.
Specialization – Animal Ecology & Zoo Management.
Dr. Rajiv Kalsi,
Ornithologist, MLN College, Delhi.
Specialization - Ornithology.
Dr. H.S. Bargali,
Deputy Director at The Corbett Foundation, Mumbai.
Specialization - Carnivores, Wildlife Policy.
Kedar Gore,
Director at The Corbett Foundation, Mumbai
Specialization- Conflict Management, Fund raising, Proposal Writing, Environmental Education
Ms. Upma Manral,
Wildlife Biologist
Rural community empowerment, community-based forest management and wetland ecology

Programs Offered




Under Graduate


B.Sc. (Hons.) Forestry

Post Graduate


M.Sc. In Wildlife Science

Ph.D. Programme


Ph.D. In Wildlife Science

Wildlife Quotes



"The spruce and cedar on its shores, hung with gray lichens, looked at a distance like the ghosts of trees. Ducks were sailing here and there on its surface, and a solitary loon, like a more living wave, - a vital spot on the lake's surface, - laughed and frolicked, and showed its straight leg, for our amusement."
- Henry David Thoreau, The Maine Woods Read more....

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