Monday, November 30, 2009

Senior Research Fellow

Senior Research Fellow
Wildlife Institute of India By Kausik Banerjee

I received an undergraduate degree in zoology (Hons.) from Presidency College, Kolkata (2003) and a master's degree in forestry (with gold medal) from the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun (2005). For my master's thesis, I evaluated the status of prey populations for the re-introduction of Asiatic lions in Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh. Thereafter, I worked as a research fellow in a WII project titled "Social Organization and Dispersal of Asiatic Lions" which documented the density, population structure, ranging pattern, food habits and habitat use of Asiatic lions in the Gir Forest.

Presently, I am looking at the population ecology of lions outside the Gir Protected Area in an agro-pastoral landscape with emphasis on range use, habitat use pattern, feeding habits, issues of human–lion conflict and the economics of lion conservation. The ultimate objective is to develop a long term regional level conservation policy to ensure the maintenance of a viable population of the Asiatic lion in the future. My broad research interests include carnivore ecology and behaviour, with emphasis on predation, ranging patterns, habitat use, population dynamics and human–carnivore conflicts.

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