Dr. Arjun Srivathsa
Arjun joined WCS–India in 2012. He obtained his Master of Science degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the graduate program offered by NCBS–WCS in 2012. He obtained his PhD from the University of Florida, USA in 2020. His doctoral research focused on conservation ecology of dholes. He is currently a DST INSPIRE Fellow at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS–TIFR) and an Affiliate Scientist with WCS–India.
Arjun’s past and on-going collaborative projects include studies of carnivore ecology, applied conservation research, human-carnivore interactions, country- and region-scale conservation prioritizations, and methodological approaches to wildlife population monitoring across multiple landscapes in Asia. He is a member of the IUCN SSC Canid Specialist Group, the IUCN Dhole Working Group and an Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He is also a professional artist and cartoonist, specializing in creating conservation-themed artwork for nature education and science communication.
Chintan's research focuses on biodiversity, forest management, ecological anthropology, and biogeography in Arunachal Pradesh. He collaborates with Puroik and Nyishi tribes to document their ethnozoology, ethnobotany, and mythology. Chintan studies plants, herpetofauna, and birds in the understudied region. He has mapped forest and savanna vegetation in India, used remote sensing for glacier mass balance prediction, and assessed natural hazards. Chintan works with authorities on wildlife projects, humanitarian risk assessment, and Search & Rescue operations. He supports WCS-India programs and teaches mapping, GIS, and programming to the ecology community.