Tiger

Dr Devcharan Jathanna

Dr Devcharan Jathanna initially joined WCS-India in 1998 and has worked on the ecology of large carnivores and their prey since then. He currently works as Associate Director - Conservation Science. 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
Killivalavan Rayar joined WCS-India in 2010. He currently works with as Assistant Director – Conservation Science. 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.


Kiran Yadav

He has been with WCS-India since 2007. He works as a Research Officer 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.


Santhosh M N 

He has been with WCS-India since 2007. He works as a Research Officer and is involved in tiger and prey monitoring project.



Ng Bishwanath Singh 

He has been with WCS-India since 2010. He works as a Research Officer and is involved in tiger and prey monitoring project.

 

Srikanth Rao

He has been with WCS-India since 2011. He works as a Research Officer and is involved in tiger and prey monitoring project.


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 project.

Somashekar N B

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




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


Satish Nagathan

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

 

Deeksha Sharma

She works as a research associate with the tiger monitoring team, mainly involved in data processing and analysis.

Kaushal Patel

Kaushal Patel is a Research Associate at WCS-India. Kaushal Patel is a trained molecular biologist with a Masters in Biotechnology from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University in 2013. His primary interest is conservation genetics. After his masters, he was involved in various projects related to genetic connectivity, human-wildlife conflict, inbreeding and genetic characterization of a small and isolated tiger population, at Dr. Uma Ramakrishanan’s lab at NCBS, Bengaluru, and has experience working closely with the Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Forest Departments. Kaushal also initiated the Dangs Bird festival in collaboration with the Dangs North Division, which led to the bird inventory of the area increasing from around 170 to around 300. He also worked on the endemic and endangered forest owlet, finding that the Dangs is the second largest population after Melghat. He is an MBZSCF and Idea Wild grantee. He is joining WCS-India’s wildlife monitoring and training program in Dangs, Gujarat, which is where he developed his interest in wildlife. 

 

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