Dr. Abi Tamim Vanak

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Dr. Abi Tamim Vanak
Director, Centre for Policy Design (CPD)
Senior Fellow

Research interests: My broad interests are in animal movement ecology, disease ecology, OneHealth, savanna ecosystems, invasive species (both plant and animal) and wildlife in human-dominated systems. My work has spanned from studying the movement ecology of elephants, large African carnivores and savanna ecosystem dynamics, to the conservation of semi-arid savanna grasslands in peninsular India and the adaptation of mesocarnivores to human-dominated landscapes. Much of my current work focusses on the outcome of interactions between species at the interface of humans, domestic animals and wildlife in semi-arid savannas and agro-ecosystems. Model systems range from free-ranging domestic dogs in cities and villages, mesocarnivores in an agri-savanna matrix to African savanna elephant, and impacts of Prosopis juliflora. My interests in OneHealth systems and disease ecology include the dynamics of rabies transmission in multi-host systems and in understanding the role of small and medium mammals as tick hosts in the transmission dynamics of Kyasanur forest disease.

Email: avanak(at)atree(dot)org

Academic record

2008 - Ph.D. Wildlife Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA

1997 - M.Sc. Wildlife Science, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India

1995 - B.Sc. Zoology, Loyola College, Madras University, Chennai, India


Editorial Affiliations

Academic Editor: PLOSOne

Handling Editor: Conservation Biology

Associate Editor: Animal Conservation

Editor: Endangered Species Research

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Journal Articles

Tanya seshadri, Meera Oommen, Mujeeb Rahman and Abi T. Vanak 2022 Co-production of knowledge as part of a OneHealth approach to better control zoonotic diseases PLOS Glob Public Health 2(3): e0000075. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0000075


Pathogen Transmission Pathways: Green Hub Dialogues on Jun 27, 2020, 2020,
Wildlife Trade and Global Health. The National Mission was mentioned as a GoI program to operationalize OneHealth in India: a Web panel hosted by Columbia Global Centers Program on the 17th of June 2020, 2020,
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