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

Durba Biswas
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.

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

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

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

Nitin Rai
Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
Convenor, Academy for Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies
Research interest: Political Ecology and Neoliberal Conservation; Research incorporates situated knowledge and ecological science to understand the implications of conservation and development for people and landscapes.
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

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

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
Coordinator: Community Conservation Centers (BRHills and MMHills)
Research interest: Sustainable use of forest resources with special reference to Non-timber forest products. Working on ecological, social and economic aspects and generating rigorous interdisciplinary knowledge on Non-timber forest products that helps sustainable use and engage local community, forest managers, local institutions and policy makers in conservation.
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

Ulka Kelkar
Fellow, Climate Change, ATREE
Research interest: Climate change adaptation, low carbon development, equity and gender issues in climate change.
ulka(dot)kelkar(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

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

Harini Nagendra, Ramanujam Fellow
Professor, School of Development, Azim Premji University
Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, ATREE
Research interest: Satellite remote sensing, biodiversity studies and social interviews to study the impact of a range of institutional approaches, including community forestry, joint forest management and national parks on forest conservation in South Asia. Study of how processes of human land use interact with biophysical factors to impact patterns of landscape change and forest recovery in Nepal and India Urban ecology and environmental change, with a focus on Bengaluru.
harini.nagendra(at)apu(dot)edu(dot)in
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Dr. Deepak Malghan, IIMB
Research Interests: Ecological Economics (analytical theory of scale, ecological distribution), Historical Political Economy.
At ATREE, I am collaborating with the water group led by Drs. Lele, Srinivasan, and Thomas.
dmalghan(at)atree(dot)org

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. 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

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

Visiting Fellows

Irfan Rashid

Rajindra K. Puri

Sunita Pradhan
sunita.pradhan@atree.org

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

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

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

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