Carnivore and Herbivore Ecology and Conservation

Dr Devcharan Jathanna
Programme Head

Dr Devcharan Jathanna initially joined WCS-India in 1998 and has worked on the ecology of large carnivores and their prey since then. 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'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 develop 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 Ph.D. from Manipal University in 2016. His doctoral research focused on generating the understanding of the biology and ecology of Western Ghats small carnivore species that are relevant to their conservation, using a diversity of approaches. He is proficient in distance sampling, capture-recapture modeling, occupancy estimation, other statistical modeling, 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 & Ph.D. students and faculty in India, southeast Asia and central Asia, since 2006.

Killivalavan Rayar
Programme Head

Killivalavan Rayar joined WCS-India in 2010. He obtained his Masters in Wildlife Biology & Conservation from the MSc Programme jointly conducted by WCS-India and NCBS/TIFR in 2010, having switched from his previous career as an engineer with Intel. His research interests include the field application of novel monitoring approaches to estimate wildlife population parameters, and the conservation impacts of developmental projects within forest areas. Prior to taking up wildlife research and conservation as a full-time career, he was the founding member of a civil society organization to promote wildlife conservation and had participated in research and conservation projects as a volunteer since 2002, including coordinating a part of the Karnataka state-wide surveys for tiger occupancy in 2006-2007. He plans, coordinates and executes field activities for the multi-year project on Meta-population Dynamics of Tigers in Karnataka, as well as in other states. He has extensive experience in training field research staff including field interns, new recruits, and survey volunteers, and has helped conduct training programs for field staff (both NGO and government) in India and Thailand.


Jitendra S

Jitendra is a Research Associate at WCS-India. Since joining in 2012, he has been part of the tiger monitoring team, from field data collection to data processing and analysis. Jitendra holds a degree in Computer Science from NIT Durgapur and is currently pursuing MSc. in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, with specialization in Geoinformatics from IIRS-ITC (University of Twente).


Kaushal Patel 

Kaushal Patel joined WCS-India as a Research Associate in 2020. He will be working on WCS-India’s wildlife monitoring and training program in Dangs, Gujarat, which is where he developed his interest in wildlife.

Kiran Yadav

He has been with WCS-India since 2007. He works as the Research Manager and carries out research-related activities, including mapping and geographical information systems (GIS) work, overseeing and coordinating the critical processing and validation of field data.

Ng Bishwanath Singh 

Ng joined WCS-India initially as a volunteer after completing his Bachelors course on botany and after quitting some IT company in Bangalore in 2010. From the time of volunteering till present, he has been associated with the team working on 'monitoring tiger and its prey species'. In between he has also worked with other teams with different projects for a brief period of time. He has worked in the major tiger reserves in Karnataka and several other protected areas and parts of Kerala. Now, for the past three field seasons he has been working in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State.

Santhosh M N 

He has been with WCS-India since 2007. He works as a Research Officer. He is involved in Tiger and prey monitoring activities in field sites, and processing the field data.



Satish Nagathan

He has been with WCS-India since 2014. He works as a Research Officer and is involved in tiger and prey monitoring.


Shivakumar M D

He has been with WCS-India since 2012. He works as a Research Officer and is involved in tiger and prey monitoring.


Somashekar N B

He works as a Senior Research Officer and is involved in tiger and prey monitoring.

Srikanth Rao

He has been with WCS-India since 2011. He is currently working as the Senior Research Officer and involved in Tiger and prey monitoring. He performs research-related activities in field sites, and processing, validation of field data.








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