Dr. Devcharan Jathanna

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Dr. Devcharan Jathanna initially joined WCS India program in 1998 and has worked on the ecology of large carnivores and their prey since then. He currently works as Associate Director – Conservation Science. He handles study design, data analysis and scientific publication-related activities. Along with Killivalavan Rayar, he oversees the field research and data processing, for WCS India Program’s long-term research on large carnivores and their prey. He also provides technical support to other research programmes within WCS India, coordinates with national and international research collaborators, develops proposals towards raising funds, obtaining permits and facilitating collaborations with partner institutions, and helps put together donor and technical reports. He also trains WCS research staff in various aspects of field research and data analysis, teaches courses, and guides students at the WCS-NCBS MSc Programme in Wildlife Biology & Conservation.

Dev, as he’s known to friends and colleagues, received his MSc in Wildlife Science from the Wildlife Institute of India in 2001, and his PhD from Manipal University in 2016. His doctoral research focused on generating understanding of the biology and ecology of Western Ghats small carnivore species that is relevant to their conservation, using a diversity of approaches. He is proficient in distance sampling, capture recapture modelling, occupancy estimation, other statistical modelling, as well as study design and field data collection protocols for these different analytical approaches. Dev has extensive experience in designing and conducting academic courses, technical workshops and field training programs, for field research staff, MSc & PhD students and faculty in India, southeast Asia and central Asia, since 2006.

2 Responses

  1. Bismay Ranjan Tripathy says:

    Hello Sir,

    I am Bismay from Odisha. Recently doing my PhD at Tsinghua University, Beijing. My major is Remote sensing and GIS, I wan some suggestions.

  2. I look forward to your reply says:

    I am Kautilya Srivastava, a third year Biotechnology undergraduate studying at Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India.

    I am interested in the study of Environmental Science and Ecology. The interactions that take place around us in environment and at molecular level fascinate me and I get eager to understand them more and more. I want to learn more about Environmental Science and Ecology so that I can pursue it in the future.

    I have done a course in Environmental Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences after which I developed an interest in these subjects. Now I want to learn more and more about these. I have a good academic record with a CGPA of 8.69/10.

    Previously, I have done a project on making biofuel from macroalgae. I have done a project in which I had analyzed the behaviour of various birds in a rural/small town and in a city and compared them. I have also done a project on growing Fenugreek plant with the help of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria(PGPR) in which I compared the growth of the plant in the presence and absence of PGPR(Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas inflorescence). This project was an attempt to understand the interaction between plants and microorganisms. I received inputs from Prof. Reena Rajkumari in the same.

    I am interested in working with you in the field of your expertise and look forward to getting a learning opportunity under your guidance in the upcoming summers. Please find the link to my CV containing descriptions of my past projects and achievements.


    I would be glad to supply any further information if required.

    Looking forward to your reply,
    with regards

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