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I am interested in carnivore ecology and behavior and aspects concerned with human-wildlife interactions. I find social carnivores extremely fascinating and for my post-graduate thesis I examined habitat-occupancy of Asiatic Wild Dogs ’Dholes’ in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve Landscape. My research interests include Animal Behavior, Canid ecology and conservation, Conservation Biology, Environmental Education, Human-Wildlife Interactions and Science Communication.

 

Current Designation

Research Associate

Centre for Wildlife Studies

Wildlife Conservation Society-India

 

Work Experience

July 2013 – present Research Associate at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore (Wildlife Conservation Society-India)

December 2012 –June 2013 Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore (Wildlife Conservation Society-India)

June 2013 Illustrator for an educative book "The Falcon Files – An educative initiative to save the amazing Amur Falcon" published by Zoo Outreach Organization (Coimbatore)

May 2011 – June 2011 Field Intern with the Centre for Wildlife Studies in Nagarahole and Bandipur national parks, estimating abundances of tiger-prey populations

October 2010 Illustrator for an educative nature-based book "Backyard Birding" authored by Ms. Sharada Balasubramanian and published by Witnessmedia

January-February 2010 Earned a fellowship from the DeFries-Bajpai Foundation to study forest degradation in the buffer areas of Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

September 2009 Chief illustrator for an educational wildlife manual ‘Under the Canopy’, published by Dusty-foot productions and funded by the IUCN

August 2009 Research Assistant with Dr. Krithi K. Karanth, examining socio-economic aspects and local livelihoods around Nagarahole National park, as a part of the project ‘Examining Tourism, Wildlife Reserves and Livelihoods in India’

June-September 2009 Volunteered in six protected areas (Ranthambhore, Sariska, Periyar, Nagarahole, Dandeli-Anshi And Bhadra) as a part of project ‘Examining Tourism, Wildlife Reserves and Livelihoods in India’ with Dr. Krithi K. Karanth (Ramanujan Fellow and Executive Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies Bangalore)

April-May 2009 Volunteered with the Centre for Wildlife Studies in the Small Cell Occupancy survey of Tiger-prey populations in Kudremukh National park

May 2008 Volunteered in the King Cobra Telemetry Project at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS), Agumbe, Karnataka

 

Publications

Katdare, S., Srivathsa, A., Joshi, A., Panke, P., Pande, R., Khandal, D. and Everard, M. (2011), Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) populations and human influences on habitat on the River Chambal, India. Aquatic Conserv: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst., 21: 364–371

Karanth, K. K., DeFries, R., Srivathsa, A., Sankaraman, V. 2012. Wildlife tourists in India’s Emerging Economy: Potential for a Conservation Constituency? Oryx 46:382-390

Post-graduate thesis title: “A multi-method approach to assessing occurrence and space-use patterns of the Asiatic Wild Dog Cuon alpinus in a tropical forest landscape of southern India”

 

Conferences

August 2012

Presented a poster based on my post-graduate dissertation work at the Student Conference on Conservation Science – Bangalore (SCCS-BNG). Title: “A multi-scale approach at assessing space-use patterns of the Asiatic Wild Dog in a tropical forest landscape”

Presented a talk based on my post-graduate dissertation work at the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Biodiversity Asia Conference. Title: “A multi-scale multi-method approach at assessing space-use patterns of the Asiatic Wild Dog in a tropical forest landscape”

January 2009

Presented a talk in the National Seminar on ‘Biodiversity Conservation: Opportunities & Challenges’, conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and hosted by Christ University, Bangalore; Title: “Gharial conservation in the Chambal landscape”

 

 

Achievements

Won the third place for poster presentation at the Student Conference on Conservation Science – Bangalore (SCCS-BNG) 2012

Finalist in the Canopy Art Contest – a part of the 5th International Canopy Conference 2009 hosted by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore

 

Contact

pawsia@gmail.com / arjuns.cws@gmail.com

 

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