WCS-India is a recognized centre of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) for conducting PhD programme in Conservation Science. We also have signed a pact with Deakin University for collaboration covering areas of joint work, in alignment with research interests and expertise of both.
We support and facilitate many PhD programs pursued by individuals independently. Our sponsored PhD program researchers study a broad array of species from tigers, elephants, hornbills, to king cobras, gibbons and mountain ungulates. Emphasis is laid on establishing benchmark ecological data in specific conservation sites.
Listed below are individuals who have completed their doctoral degree with support from WCS – India.
- Dr. Vidya Athreya awarded PhD from Manipal University in 2012. Her doctoral work was titled, ‘Conflict Resolution and Leopard Conservation in a Human-dominated Landscape’. The study was conducted in collaboration with Maharashtra Forest Department.
- Dr. Raman Kumar awarded PhD from Manipal University in 2011. His doctoral work was titled, ‘Woodpecker community responses to forest management in sub-Himalayan dipterocarp forests of northwestern India’.
- Dr. G. V. Reddy (IFS) awarded PhD from Manipal University in 2011. His doctoral work was titled, ‘Comparative Evaluation of Management Regimes for Biodiversity Conservation in India: A Case Study from Nagarahole, Karnataka’. The study was conducted in collaboration with Karnataka Forest Department.
- Dr. N. Samba Kumar awarded PhD from Manipal University in 2011. His doctoral work was titled, ‘Assessment of distribution and abundance of ungulate prey spatial models in Nagarahole and Bandipur Tiger Reserves of India’.
- Dr. Arjun Gopalaswamy has been studying tigers for nearly a decade and received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2015. His doctoral studies focuses on addressing the methodological challenges of studying meta-population dynamics of tigers in the Western Ghats landscape in India.
- Dr. Devcharan Jathanna was awarded PhD from the Manipal University. His doctoral studies examine the ecology and conservation of small carnivores in the Western Ghats.