Faculty

Fellows

Abi Tamim Vanak
Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE
Fellow, National Environment Sciences Program, MoEF, GoI

Ankila Hiremath, New Delhi
Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE,
Programme leader - Ecosystems and Global Change
Research interest: Forest ecology and its application to human land use systems (e.g., forest management, agroforestry, and restoration).
hiremath(at)atree(dot)org

Aravind N.A.
Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE
Research interest: Disturbance ecology and community ecology of birds, butterflies, amphibians and Non-marine Molluscs of Western Ghats.
aravind(at)atree(dot)org

Bejoy K. Thomas
Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
Research interest: Broadly in the areas of development studies and political economy, with specific interests in vulnerability and poverty analysis, participation, environmental change and livelihoods, coping and adaptation strategies.
bejoy.thomas(at)atree(dot)org

Jagdish Krishnaswamy
Senior Fellow,
Convenor,Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation and Programme Leader - Ecosystem Services and Human Wellbeing
Research interest: Watershed hydrology and landscape ecology.
jagdish(at)atree(dot)org

Priyanka Jamwal
Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
Research interest: Management of point and non-point source pollution, fate and transport of pollutants in groundwater, bacteriological contamination of water distribution network (modeling), climate change impact on water quality.
priyanka(dot)jamwal(at)atree(dot)org

Nitin Rai
Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
Convenor, Academy for Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies
Research interest: Understanding the ecological, social and economic aspects of forest resource use. Using multidisciplinary approaches to examine non-timber forest product harvest, its contribution to poverty alleviation, and its relationship to biodiversity conservation.
nitinrai(at)atree(dot)org

Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan
Senior Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE,
Programme Leader - Ecosystems and Global Change
Research interest: Insect taxonomy and conservation. Ecoinformatics, agro-forestry and traditional knowledge.
priyan(at)atree(dot)org

R. Ganesan
Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE
Research interest: Plant taxonomy, vegetation dynamics in natural and disturbed forests, population dynamics of endemic plants, involving local people in biodiversity conservation.
rganesan(at)atree(dot)org

Ravikanth G
Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE
Research interest: Conservation and population genetics, plant systematics, evolution, and biogeography, DNA bar-coding, origin, diversity; and conservation of plants, species recovery. Chemical ecology and bioprospecting.
gravikanth(at)atree(dot)org

Sharachchandra Lele
Senior Fellow,
Convenor,Centre for Environment and Development and Programme Leader - Forest and Governance
Research interest: Conceptual issues in sustainable development and sustainability; analyses of institutional, economic, ecological, and technological issues in forest, energy, and water resource management; methodology of interdisciplinary research.
slele(at)atree(dot)org

Shrinivas Badiger
Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
Programme Leader - Land Water and Livelihoods
Research interest: Hydro-socio-economic approaches to understanding the context of water scarcity, resource depletion and degradation within a larger framework of sustainable environment and livelihoods.
sbadiger(at)atree(dot)org

Siddappa Setty
Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
Research interest: Poverty alleviation in biodiversity-rich areas through sustainable use of forest resources, issues related on community and conservation, participatory resource monitoring, agroforestry and forest restoration. Started working on biodiversity conservation in 1994.
siddappa(at)atree(dot)org

Siddhartha Krishnan
Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE
Research interest: Environmental sociology, environmental history, historical sociology, field and archival research.
siddhartha.krishnan(at)atree(dot)org

M. Soubadra Devy
Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE
Research interest: Plant-animal interactions; and developing a canopy programme for India through protected areas network and extending the biodiversity frontier to production landscape, through participatory approach involving community. Putting together various ecological aspects that were carried out over the last several years in Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve. Develop rigorous field courses, which cater to various target audiences.
soubadra(at)atree(dot)org

Swati Shresth
Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
Research interest: Environmental history, human-wildlife interaction,approaches to sustainable development, livelihood issues in forests, forest governance, analysis of market- driven conservation.
swati.shresth(at)atree(dot)org

T. Ganesh
Senior Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE
Research interest: Plant-animal interactions, tropical seed dispersal/seed predation systems, long term monitoring of phenology and vegetation dynamics.
tganesh(at)atree(dot)org

Veena Srinivasan
Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
Research interest: Inter-sectoral water allocation, threats to freshwater from local to regional to global scales, impacts of multiple stressors including demographics, climate change and urbanization on water resources, sustainable water management policy and practice, bi- co-evolutionary trajectories and comparative study of socio-hydrologic systems.
Veena(dot)srinivasan(at)atree(dot)org

Post Doc Fellows

Durba Biswas
Post Doc Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
Research interests: Economics of water resources; exploring the gender-water linkages in an interdisciplinary manner - specifically to understand the construction of gender in economics in relation to the use of natural resources.

Nutan Maurya
Post Doc Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
Research interests: Cultural studies, social environmentalism, environmental communication, gender, health and climate change and globalization with particular emphasis on understanding the cultural aspects of water, sanitation and gender.
nutan(dot)maurya(at)atree(dot)org

Visiting Fellows

Irfan Rashid

Sunita Pradhan
sunita.pradhan@atree.org

Honorary Senior Fellows

Amrit S. Gill
Director, Procurement Operations Asia, M/s KIIT US-Eugene, Oregon, USA; Ex Vice-President, Marketing and Exports, BBTC.
bmbpatiala(at)glide(dot)net(dot)in

Dr. G.K. Veeresh
Ex Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
gkveeresh(at)indiatimes(dot)com, aporganic(at)yahoo(dot)com

Dr. John Kineman
Senior Research Scientist (Ecosystem Science and Informatics), Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.

Dr. K. D. Singh
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA .
Research interest: Establish a scientific basis for non-timber forest product (NTFP) production and consumption, in order to make forest planning holistic and sound. The present research will include policy, legal and institutional issues essential for ensuring sustainable management of NTFP. Conducting a study in the Kolasib District of Mizoram, to explore people participation in forest management planning and creating alternatives to slash and burn practices (shifting agriculture).
karan.singh(at)umb(dot)edu

Dr. K.R. Shivanna
INSA Senior Scientist, ATREE, Bangalore.
Research interest: Identifying domestication syndromes in cardamom.
shivanna(at)atree(dot)org

Dr. Madhav Gadgil
Emeritus Professor, Agharkar Research Institute, Pune; Chairman, Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, MoEF, Delhi; Honorary Member, British Ecological Society and Ecological Society of America.

Dr. Romulus Earl Whitaker
Honorary Member, Steering Committee, IUCN/SSC Crocodile Specialist Group; Managing Trustee, Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Chennai, Tamil Nadu; Team Leader, Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, Agumbe, Karnataka.
draco(at)vsnl(dot)com

Adjunct Senior Fellows

Dr. Gladwin Joseph
Research interest: Integrated natural resource management, agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, nursery technology, forest regeneration, applied ecophysiology, adaptive research approaches.
Azim Premji University, Bengaluru
gladwin(at)atree(dot)org

Dr. R. Prabhakar
Director, Software Technology Strand Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, India.
Research interest: Ecoinformatics, geographical information systems for conservation, spatial technology and human interactions with ecosystems. Working on a project to provide a framework and a platform for creating social-ecological maps of urban areas. Decentralization and cost-effective conservation.
r.prabhakar(at)atree(dot)org

Dr. Ramanatha Rao
Senior Scientist (Understanding and Managing Diversity), Biodiversity International, Rome, Italy.
Research interest: Plant genetic resources and agro-biodiversity at ATREE. Issues in agro-biodiversity conservation and utilization (genetic diversity status) and trends including genetic erosion, rationalization of collections, utilization of conserved genetic resources including wild crop relatives, access, intellectual property rights, seed supply systems and bio-safety.
ramnath(at)atree(dot)org

Adjunct Fellows

Dr. Robert John Chandran
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
Email: robert.john@iiserkol.ac.in

Dr. Seema Purushothaman
Research interest: Land use drivers and sustainability indicators in production landscapes, ecosystem services, fiscal instrument for biodiversity.
Azim Premji University, Bengaluru
seemap(at)atree(dot)org

Dr. Sinu P. A.
Scientist, Tea Research Association, Nagrakata Regional Research Centre, West Bengal.
Research interest: Forest Ecology and management, Taxonomy of insects in general and particularly, Family Carabidae
sinu(at)atree(dot)org

Sunita Rao
Founder Trustee, Vanastree, Sirsi
Research interest: Ethnoecology of forest home gardens in the Western Ghats, Designing Learning for Life modules in formal and non-formal education landscapes, Viability of nano scale, sustainable livelihoods and enterprises, Conservation and community mobilization in gendered spaces.
sunitasirsi(at)gmail(dot)com

Dr. T. O. Sasidharan
Ex Senior Scientific Officer, Central Silk Board, Bangalore, India
Research interest: Eco-friendly technologies for insect pest management, while preserving the environment. Investigations on native isolates of the entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhizium sp. for control of certain potentially dangerous insect pests of forest plantations and nurseries. The possibility of using Microsporidia for insect pest control is being investigated.
tosasi(at)atree(dot)org