Supported Research

WCS – India Program has been supporting independent researchers on their research projects across India over the last 25 years. Listed below are such supported projects, some of which are still ongoing.

 

Title: Ecology of sympatric woodpecker species of Western Ghats, India

Principal investigator: V. Santharam

Institutional collaborator: Kerala State Forest Department.

Duration: 1990-1993

 

Title: Ecology and conservation of the Great Pied Hornbill (Buceros biornis) in the Western Ghats of Southern India.

Principal investigator: Ragupathy Kannan

Institutional collaborators: University of Arkansas; Karnataka State Forest Department, Kerala State Forest Department, Tamilnadu State Forest Department.

Duration: 1991-1993

 

Title: Land-use conflicts in Indian protected areas: the case of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

Principal investigator: Sultana Bashir

Institutional collaborators: Cambridge University; Kerala State Forest Department

Duration: 1992-1994

 

Title: Effects of human disturbance on the ecology and conservation of non-human primates in Northeast India

Principal investigator: Atul K. Gupta

Institutional collaborators: Cambridge University;Tripura State Forest Department

Duration: 1993-1995

 

Title: Ecology and evolution of non-breeding distributions in the old world leaf warblers 

Principal investigator: Madhusudhan Katti

Institutional collaborator: Kerala State Forest Department

Duration: 1993-1995

 

Title: Ecology of the lion-tailed macaque

Principal investigator: R.Krishnamani

Institutional collaborators: Karnataka State Forest Department.

Duration: 1994-1996

 

Title: A survey of the Indian great black woodpecker (dryocopus javensis) and its habitat in the Western Ghats, India.

Principal investigator: V. Santharam

Institutional collaborators: Tamilnadu State Forest Department; Gujarat State Forest Department

Duration: 1995-1996

 

Title: Survey of fruit bats in Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh

Principal investigators: Abi Tamim Vanak and Surendra P. Goyal

Institutional collaborators: Arunachal Pradesh State Forest Department.

Duration: 1995-1996

 

Title: Sustainability of fruit extractions from two nontimber forest product tree species, phyllanthus emblica and phyllanthus indofischeri, in the forest of South India

Principal investigator: Aditi Sinha

Institutional collaborators: University of Massachusetts, Karnataka State Forest Department

Duration: 1995-1997

 

Title: Ecology of the tropical rainforest turtles in South India

Principal investigator: B.K. Sharath

Institutional collaborator: Mangalore University, Karnataka State Forest Department

Duration: 1995-1997

 

Title: Ecology of the king cobra in the Western Ghats of Karnataka

Principal investigator: B.K. Sharath

Institutional collaborators: University of Mysore; Karnataka State Forest Department.

Duration: 1995-1997

 

Title: Wildlife conservation in the Trans-Himalaya

Principal investigator: Charudutt Mishra

Institutional collaborators: Nature Conservation Foundation; International Snow Leopard Trust; Wageningen University; Himachal Pradesh Forest Department; Jammu & Kashmir Wildlife Department

Duration: 1996

 

Title: Food selection and ranging in the hoolock gibbon (hylobates hoolock) in Borajan Reserve Forest, Assam

Principal investigator: Kashmira Kakati

Institutional collaborators: Wildlife Institute of India; Assam State Forest Department

Duration: 1996-1997

 

Title: Review of status of river dolphin (plantanista gangetica) in Brahmaputra river of Assam, India

Principal investigator: Sujit P. Bairagi

Institutional collaborators: Assam State Forest Department; Dolphin Conservation Society.

Duration: 1997

 

Title: An investigation of the effects of disturbance of Kalakkad Mundantharai Tiger Reserve: Implications for herbivore and plant management

Principal investigator: Mahesh Sankaran

Institutional collaborators: Syracuse University; Tamil Nadu Forest Department.

Duration: 1997-1998

 

Title: An ecological study of sympatric hornbills and fruiting patterns in a tropical forest in Arunachal Pradesh: An overview

Principal investigator: Aparajita Datta

Institutional collaborators: Nature Conservation Foundation; Wildlife Institute of India; Arunachal Pradesh State Forest Department; Saurashtra University.

Duration: 1997-2001

 

Title: El niño related coral bleaching in Indian reefs

Principal investigator: Rohan Arthur

Institutional collaborators: Centre for Ecological Research and Conservation; Nature Conservation Foundation; Lakshadweep Forest Department.

Duration: 1998

 

Title: Population densities and biomass of herbivorous mammals in the bamboo-dominated forests of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

Principal investigator: Farshid S.Ahrestani

Institutional collaborators: State University of New York, Syracuse; Karnataka State Forest Department; Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Duration: 1998-1999

 

Title: Ecology of tigers: To enable a realistic projection of the requirements needed to maintain a demographically viable population of tigers in India

Principal investigator: Neel Gogate

Institutional collaborator: Madhya Pradesh State Forest Department

Duration: 1998-1999

 

Title: Impact of human populations on biodiversity in protected areas in India

Principal investigator: Sachidananda Jha

Institutional collaborators: Tamilandu State Forest Department.

Duration: 1998-1999

 

Title: Community ecology and conservation of amphibians in the tropical rain forests of Karnataka

Principal investigator: Surya N. Rao Addoor,

Institutional collaborators: Karnataka State Forest Department.

Duration: 1998-1999

 

Title: Ecology and conservation of endemic small carnivores in the tropical rainforests of the Southern Western Ghats, India

Principal investigator: Divya Mudappa

Institutional collaborators: Nature Conservation Foundation; Tamilnadu State Forest Department

Duration: 1998-2000

 

Title: Survey of binturong (arctitis binturong) in Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary, Tripura

Principal investigator: Atul Kumar Gupta.

Institutional collaborators: Wildlife Institute of India; Tripura State Forest Department.

Duration: 1999

 

Title: Population ecology and threats for the survival of some anuran populations in the tropical rainforests of Western Ghats.

Principal investigator: Savitha Krishna

Institutional collaborator: Karnataka State Forest Department.

Duration: 1999

 

Title: The ecology and behavior of the large brown flying squirrel (petaurista philippensis) in a rain forest fragment, Western Ghats.

Principal investigator: Nandini Rajmani

Institutional collaborators: Pondicherry University; Tamilnadu State Forest Department.

Duration: 1999-2000

 

Title: Butterflies of Shimoga district: A biodiversity assessment

Principal investigator: Manjunath Hegde Hosabale

Institutional collaborators: Karnataka State Forest Department; Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Duration: 2000

 

Title: Status and ecology of the endangered hispid hare caprolagus hispidus in Jaldapra Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bengal

Principal investigator: Gopinathan Maheswaran

Institutional collaborators: Bombay Natural History Society; West Bengal State Forest Department.

Duration: 2000

 

Title: NTFP extraction in Uttara Kannada district: Results from a preliminary study in Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka.

Principal investigator: Balachandra Hegde

Institutional collaborators: Karnataka State Forest Department; Centre for Wildlife Studies; 21st Century Tiger

Duration: 2000-2001

 

Title: Density, biomass and habitat occupancy of ungulates in Bhadra Tiger Reserve, Karnataka, South India

Principal investigator: Devcharan Jathanna

Institutional collaborators: Wildlife Institute of India; Karnataka State Forest Department; Centre for Wildlife Studies; Saurashtra University; Save the Tiger Fund

Duration: 2000-2001

 

Title: Tracking wildlife use of a ntfp: fruit removal & seed dispersal of emblica officinalis

Principal investigator: Soumya Prasad

Institutional collaborators: Wildlife Institute of India; Saurashtra University; Uttaranchal State Forest Department.

Duration: 2000-2001

 

Title: Status and habitat utilization of the threatened white-bellied shortwing brachypteryx major in the Western Ghats (Kerala and Tamil Nadu)

Principal investigator: Robin Vijayan

Institutional collaborators: Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science; Tamil Nadu State Forest Department; Kerala State Forest Department.

Duration: 2000-2001

 

Title: Basking behavior and survey of marsh crocodiles crocodylus palustris in Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka, India

Principal investigator: Dilip Venugopal

Institutional collaborator: Karnataka State Forest Department.

Duration: 2000-2001

 

Title: Impact of forest fragmentation on the hoolock gibbon (hylobates hoolock) in Assam, India

Principal investigator: Kashmira Kakati

Institutional collaborators: University of Cambridge, Wildlife Institute of India, Assam State Forest Department.

Duration: 2000-2002

 

Title: Resource utilization and niche separation in sympatric rain forest arboreal mammals

Principal investigator: H.S. Sushma

Institutional collaborators: Mysore University, Tamilnadu State Forest Department.

Duration: 2000-2002

 

Title: Rainforest fragments, coffee, and conservation of rainforest birds

Principal investigator: T.R.Shankar Raman and Divya Mudappa

Institutional collaborators: Nature Conservation Foundation; Tamilnadu State Forest Department

Duration: 2001-2002

 

Title: Behavioral ecology and conservation of the Asiatic wild ass (equus hemionus khur) in the little Rann of Kutch, India

Principal investigator: Siva Sundaresan

Institutional collaborators: University of Princeton; Gujarat State Forest Department.

Duration: 2001-2003

 

Title: Ecology and conservation of the slender loris (loris tardigradus) in Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, India

Principal investigator: Kaberi Kar Gupta

Institutional collaborators: Arizona State University, Kerala State Forest Department.

Duration: 2002-2003

 

Title: Effects of resource extraction on biodiversity conservation values: Towards a sustainable forest management strategy in Sariska Tiger reserve, Rajasthan

Principal investigator: Ghazala Shahabuddin

Institutional collaborators: Council for Social Development; Rajasthan State Forest Department.

Duration: 2003

 

Title: Preliminary survey of Indian fox (vulpes bengalensis) distribution in Southern India

Principal investigator: Abi Tamim Vanak

Institutional collaborators: Karnataka State Forest Department; Andhra Pradesh State Forest Department.

Duration: 2003

 

Title: Assessment of the significance of visitor awareness and education programs to conservation education in three South Indian zoos

Principal investigator: Avanti Mallapur

Institutional collaborators: National Institute of Advanced Studies; Arignar Zoological Park; Shri.Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens; Thiruvananthapuram Zoo.

Duration: 2003

 

Title: A study of the offshore distribution of olive ridley turtles (lepidochely olivacea) in the coastal waters of Rushikulya rookery along the Orissa coast

Principal Investigator: Basudev Tripathy

Institutional Collaborator: Orissa State Forest Department.

Duration: 2003-2004

 

Title: In search of the Tawang macaque: A preliminary survey of the status, demography and behavioural ecology of a potentially new macaque species in western Arunachal Pradesh, North-eastern India

Principal investigator: Anindya Sinha

Institutional collaborators: National Institute of Advanced Studies, Nature Conservation Foundation

Duration: 2004

 

Title: Population survey and conservation of the Bengal slow loris in North-east India

Principal investigator: Sindhu Radhakrishna

Institutional collaborators: National Institute of Advanced Studies

Duration: 2004

 

Title: Study on the roost locations, population monitoring and feeding preferences of wintering harriers in south India

Principal investigator: Ashok Kumar Verma

Institutional collaborators: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment

Duration: 2004-2005

 

Title: Study on the benefits to local communities from UK travel operators and conservation organizations at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

Principal investigator: Abhishek Behl

Institutional collaborators: DICE, UK

Duration: 2004-2005

 

Title: Visual and vocal announcement of reproductive status; why do lion-tailed macaque females swell and yell?

Principal investigator: Anantha Krishna Sharma

Institutional collaborators: Mysore University

Duration: 2004-Ongoing

 

Title: Effects of disturbance on foraging and nest-site selection of the Indian giant squirrel (ratufa indica maxima) in the southern Western Ghats, India

Principal investigator: Jahnavi Pai

Institutional collaborators: Pondicherry University

Duration: 2005

 

Title: A preliminary survey of small carnivores in the Western Ghats of south-western Karnataka

Principal investigator: Devcharan Jathanna

Institutional collaborators: Centre for Wildlife Studies, Karnataka Forest Department

Duration: 2005

 

Title: Distribution and status of the Nilgiri langur (semnopithecus johnii) in the Western Ghats, India

Principal investigator: Sunita Ram

Institutional collaborators: FERAL, Fordham University

Duration: 2005-Ongoing

 

Title: Song structure and variation of an endemic, threatened passerine, white-bellied shortwing at Grasshills National Park, India

Principal investigator: Aditi Sancheti

Institutional collaborators: National Institute of Advanced Studies

Duration: 2005-Ongoing

 

 

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