Vidyadhar Atkore

PhD Scholar and Dr. Ravi Sankran Fellow

Supervisor: Dr. JagdishKrishnaswamy, Senior Fellow, ATREE

Research interest

My broad research interest lies in river biodiversity and conservation. I am interested in the community ecology and biogeography of tropical freshwater fishes.Freshwater occupies only a very tiny fraction of the earth’s surface, yet it is the repository of nearly half of all vertebrate species on earth. Fishes, for instance, are the most dominant group, exhibiting enormous diversity of shape and size, occupying an extraordinary array of habitats.

Freshwater habitats provide a multitude of ecosystem services but are under severe stress due to various anthropogenic pressures. Habitat alteration, pollution, species invasion and diversion of water for human consumption etc have brought many aquatic species to the brink of extinction. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to quantify the magnitude of such change for their conservation. My research is focused understanding the patterns of diversity in both disturbed as well as relatively less disturbed habitats. In addition to this, I am trying to understand the effects of hydrological barrier (in the form of small check dams) and pollution levels, on fish composition within, and across, river systems. I am carrying out my study in the central part of the Western Ghats, especially in the Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka and Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa.

Academic record
MSc Wildlife Science (Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.Saurashtra University Rajkot, Gujarat, 2005)
BSc Forestry (College of Agriculture,Dapoli, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidypeeth,Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, 2002)

Fellowships and Awards

  • The International Foundation for Science research grant 2012 (US$ 7500)
  • The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation’s Dr Ravi Sanakaran Small Grant 2012 (US$ 3743)
  • Awarded bursary to participate in Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru from 2-4th September 2012
  • Idea Wild grant for field equipment in 2011 (US$500)
  • Awarded bursary to participate Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) 2011 at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru from 14-16th September 2011
  • Student fellowship for MSc degree in Wildlife Science (2003-2005) covering tuition and stipend at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. From Ministry of Environment and Forest.

Scientific publications
Atkore, V. M., K. Sivakumar and A. J.T. Johnsingh.2012. Diversity distribution and conservation status of freshwater fishes in the Shivaliks Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India. ISBN 978-3-8473-0190-5.Pp 78. (

Field guide
Y.V. Jhala, Q.Qureshi and R. Gopal. 2005. Monitoring tigers, co- preadators, prey and their habitats. Second ed, rev. Technical publication of Project Tiger Directorate, New Delhi and Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Narayan Bhure and Vidyadhar M. Atkore.English to Marathi tranlslation of a field guide for forest guards.

Research articles

1. Atkore, V. M., K. Sivakumarand A. J. T. Johnsingh.2011. Patterns of diversity and conservation status of freshwater fishes in the tributaries of river Ramganga in the Shiwaliks of the Western Himalaya. Current Science 100(5): 731-736.

2. Knight, J.D.M., K. R. Devi and V. Atkore.2011. Systematic status of Systomus rubrotinctius Jerdon (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) with notes on the Puntius arulius group of fishes. Journal of Threatened Taxa 3(4):1686-1693.

3. Atkore, V.M, K. Sivakumar, and A.J.T. Johnsingh. 2007. Length-weight relationship and relative condition factor of juvenile golden mahseer Tor Putitora (Hamilton 1822), in the tributaries of Ramganga River, Uttarakhand.Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 104 (2): 161-164.


1. AnirudhDatta Roy, Ashok K. Mallick, Ishan Agarwal, Jahnavi Joshi, Sandhya Sekar, Sneha Vijayakumar, Varun Torsekar, Vidyadhar Atkore, Vijayakumar, S. P. 2010. Inventory of faunal diversity in the proposed Gundia Hydro Electric Project sites, Gundia basin, Hassan District, Karnataka. Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

2. Jhala Y. V., Qureshi Q., Raza R., Bharadwaj M., Jena J., Prudhvi Raj P.G., Das U.N., Swain K., Atkore V. M., Singh R.K.J. 2006. Habitat occupancy and abundance of tigers in Panna Tiger Reserve, MP. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun

3. Atkore, V. M. 2005. Conservation status of fishes with special reference to Golden mahseer Tor putitora in the tributaries of Ramganga River, Uttaranchal.M.Sc. dissertation towards partial fulfillment of MSc degree in Wildlife Science.

4. Atkore, V.M. 2005. Himalayan butterflies. A status survey report submitted to H.N.B. Garhwal University Srinagar, Uttaranchal. Aug - Sept 2005.

5. Atkore, V.M. 2005. Bird survey along the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers, Uttaranchal, India. A status report submitted to H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar, and Uttaranchal. Nov- Dec 2005.

Popular articles in magazines/newspaper

Work Experience

  • Project Officer: Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) - in project titled ‘Important Bird Areas’ (Sep 08 – Feb 2009).
  • Research Fellow: Wildlife Institute of India - in project titled ‘Monitoring of tiger, co-predators and their prey.’ A collaborative project of Wildlife Institute of India and Project Tiger Directorate, MoEF, Govt. of India (Dec 2005 – Jul 2006).


  • Presented a poster on ‘Preliminary assessment of fish fauna in the upper Malaprabha river basin of the Western Ghats, India’ at the 4th Regional BioAsia Seminar, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. November 5th-7th, 2012.
  • Presentation made on ‘Conservation of threatened fishes of Western Himalaya, Uttarakhand’ in Young Ecologists Talk & Interact (YETI2009) Student Conference at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru on 24-26th Sep 2009.
  • Presented a poster on ‘Need to study the impact of climate change on Himalayan freshwater fishes’ in the BNHS International Conference at IISc, Bengaluru from 17-19th February, 2009
  • Presented a paper on ‘The freshwater fish diversity in the tributaries of river Ramganga in the Shiwaliks of the Western Himalaya, in the Symposium ‘Lake 2008: Conservation and Management of River and Lake Ecosystems’ 22nd to 24th December, 2008. Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India
  • Presentation made on “Conservation status of fishes with special reference to golden mahseer Tor putitora, in the upstream of Ramganga river, Uttaranchal” for the XIXth Annual Research Seminar, Wildlife Institute of India. September 22-23rd, 2005 Dehradun.

Conferences/ Workshops/ Seminars attended

  • 4th Bio-Asia Regional Seminar, Beijing, China (From 5th–7th November 2012).
  • Student Conference in Conservation Science, Bengaluru(September 14th-16th 2011).
  • Workshop on Downstream impacts of dams in the Western Ghats region at Jog Falls, Sharavati Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka. Organized by Save Western Ghats Movement and International Rivers – South Asia (April 29th -1st May 2011).
  • International Turtle Symposium, Goa. (From 27-29 April 2010).
  • International Conference on ‘Conserving nature in globalizing India’ jointly organized by BNHS &IISc, Bengaluru (Feb 17th-19th 2011).
  • XIXth Annual Research Seminar WII, Dehradun (From 22nd-23rd Sept 2005).
  • XVIII th Annual Research Seminar 2004, WII, Dehradun (Sept 20th – 21st 2004).
  • The International Galliformes Symposium organized by World Pheasant Association& Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. (From 5th-10th April 2004).
  • XVII th Annual Research Seminar 2003, WII, Dehradun (From 8th – 9th Dec 2003).
  • National Seminar on ‘Advances in forestry education research and extension’sponsored by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun and Dr. B.S.K.K.V. Dapoli, Maharashtra (From 27th – 28th May, 2003)

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