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

People Page

Journal Articles

Kadambari Deshpande, Abi T. Vanak, M. Soubadra Devy, Jagdish Krishnaswamy 2022 Forbidden fruits? Ecosystem services from seed dispersal by fruit bats in the context of latent zoonotic risk Volume2022, Issue2, https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.08359


Operationalising a One Health Approach to Zoonoses Research in India: a DTE Webinar on 16th May, 2020, 2020, @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbsEPXGGGBI
Understanding Zoonotic Diseases: a DTE Webinar: From Animals to Humans, on the 8th of May 2020, 2020, @ https://www.cseindia.org/dte-webinar-10099
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Iravatee Majgaonkar

  • PhD student
  • Ecosystem Services & Human Wellbeing