Anirban Datta-Roy

PhD Scholar, ATREE

PhD research topic
Local hunting in Upper Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, India: cultural, ecological and regulatory factors

Supervisor: Dr. Nitin Rai

Research interests
My research interests lie primarily in the documentation and conservation of biodiversity in the upland areas of northeastern India. My current research focuses on hunting by indigenous tribes in the biodiversity rich hill forests of northeast India. This is an issue that has complex linkages with culture, socioeconomics, regional identity and local institutions. I attempt to understand this issue and the implications of current policies aimed at curbing hunting thorough an interdisciplinary perspective. This involves borrowing from various other disciplines such as political ecology, anthropology, sociology and economics. In the process, I am also learning of the challenges that accompany interdisciplinarity. My field work is in the district of Upper Siang, Arunachal Pradesh.

Saurashtra University, Wildlife Institute of India (2003)
Master of Science (Wildlife Science)

Bangalore University, St. Josephs Arts and Science College (1997)
Bachelor of Science (Microbiology, Chemistry and Zoology)

Peer-reviewed publications and posters (selected)
• DATTA-ROY, A. AND A SINHA. (2001). Food, sex and society: Social evolution among wild bonnet macaques. Proceedings of the International Conference on Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Diversity and Human Welfare (eds. K N Ganeshaiah, R Uma Shanker and K S Bawa), Oxford IBH, New Delhi, pp. 727-731
• SINHA, A., MUKHOPADHYAY, K., DATTA-ROY, A. AND RAM, S. (2005). Ecology proposes, behaviour disposes: Ecological variability in social organisation and male behavioural strategies among wild bonnet macaques. Current Science. Vol. 89, No. 7.
• DATTA-ROY, A. AND N. VED (2007) Tribals and large mammals: Survey of mammalian fauna and local attitudes towards wildlife in non protected areas in the vicinity of Balpakram National Park, Meghalaya. Poster presented at the Tropical Ecology Congress, Dehradun, December 2007
• DATTA-ROY, A., N. VED AND A.C. WILLIAMS (2009). Participatory elephant monitoring in south Garo hills: efficacy and utility in a human-animal conflict scenario. Tropical Ecology Vol. 50, No. 1.
• RADHAKRISHNA, S., A. DATTA-ROY, AND A. SINHA. (2010). “Population Survey of the Bengal Slow Loris, Nycticebus bengalensis, in Meghalaya, Northeast India.” Primate Conservation (25): 105–110.

Popular articles
• Datta-Roy, A. (2008) Finding Maraland. Himal Southasian. Vol. 21 (6)
• Datta-Roy, A. (2011) The Way Of The Hunter. Current Conservation. Vol. 5 (3)

Dissertation and reports (selected)
• Datta-Roy, A. (2003) Assessment of Human - Elephant Conflicts in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal in relation to land – use patterns. Masters dissertation. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun
• Datta-Roy, A., Sharma, A. and Azyu, T.T.(2007) Kiasietlah Conservation Area: Survey for wildlife values, Final Report. Samrakshan Trust and Environment and Forests Department, Mara Autonomous District Council
• Datta-Roy, A., Karthik, T., Nimesh Ved and Yash Shethia (2008) Participatory elephant monitoring and human elephant conflict in the Baghmara Balpakram Landscape, South Garo Hills, Meghalaya: A Report detailing the activities undertaken between June 2005 and December 2007. Samrakshan Trust, Meghalaya Field Office.
• Radhakrishna, S., A Datta-Roy, Swapna N and A Sinha (2009) Population survey of Bengal Slow Loris in Meghalaya, northeastern India. Technical Report # 4-09., Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation Group, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
• Datta-Roy, A (2011) An interdisciplinary investigation into local hunting in Arunachal Pradesh, northeast India. Technical report for ATREE-NORAGRIC Small Grants Program. Bangalore, India.

Presentations and papers delivered
• ‘Participatory elephant monitoring in south Garo hills: efficacy and utility in a human-animal conflict scenario’. Presentation made at the Tropical Ecology Congress, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun (December, 2007)
• ‘The persistence of local hunting in northeast India: An interdisciplinary investigation’. Presentation made at ‘People and biodiversity in the context of global change: ATREE NORAGRIC Project ending workshop’, Gangtok, Sikkim (May, 2011)

Grants awarded
• ATREE NORAGRIC Small Grant (2009) for the project titled ‘An interdisciplinary investigation into local hunting in northeast India’
• ATREE Northeast Small Grant (2010) for the project titled ‘Local hunting in northeast India: An interdisciplinary investigation’
• Rufford Small Grants (2012) for the project titled ‘Patterns of local hunting in mixed use landscapes of the Dihang Dibang Biosphere Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh’

Work and research experience
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Karnataka
Project Assistant (2000)
Worked on the social behaviour of the Bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata) in the Bannerghatta NP
Worked on social behaviour, demography and vocal communication of the Bonnet macaque in Bandipur NP

Asian Elephant Research and Conservation Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka
Research Assistant (2003)
Data analysis, GIS and working with satellite imageries of Human Elephant Conflict project in northern West Bengal.

Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore, Karnataka
Research Assistant (2003-2004)
Camera trapping and Line transects in Nagarahole NP, Bandipur NP and Melghat TR

National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Karnataka
Project Assistant (2005)
Survey of selected protected areas in central and southern Assam for primates

Samrakshan Trust
Wildlife Biologist (2005 September – 2008 September)
Biological surveys and training staff in Meghalaya, Mizoram and Madhya Pradesh field offices; Proposal writing and correspondence with donors; GIS and mapping