Dr. Ajith Kumar

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Dr. Ajith Kumar joined WCS India Program in 2003. He currently works as the Director of the Post-Graduate Program in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, initiated by WCS – India Program in partnership with National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore and Joint Director of WCS India Program. Ajith trains wildlife biologists to become passionate conservation leaders through a two-year Masters course. He obtained his Master’s degree in Zoology from Kerala University and Doctorate from Cambridge University in 1987 on the thesis titled, ‘The ecology and population dynamics of the lion-tailed macaque’. A professor at the Wildlife Institute of India, Ajith has inspired students at the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History in Coimbatore before joining WCS India Program. He also runs an active research program on the distribution and ecology of mammals in the Western Ghats and the Himalayas, where he studies patterns of distribution, impacts of habitat fragmentation, wildlife in human-modified landscapes and feeding and reproductive ecology. As the director of the WCS-NCBS Wildlife Master’s program, Ajith has trained over 60 students and has established a dynamic network of researchers, professors, and institutions keen to devote time to the local capacity building in India.

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