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

Akash Ashwini, Priyanka Jamwal & Abi Tamim Vanak 2022 Environmental surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in a rapidly developing catchment Environmental Monitoring and Assessment volume 195, Article number: 7
Home, C., Bijoor, A., Bhatnagar, Y.V. and Vanak, A.T. 2022 Serosurvey of viral pathogens in free-ranging dog populations in the high altitude Trans-Himalayan region Journal of Threatened Taxa. 14, 5 (May 2022), 21025–21031. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.7203.14.5.21025-21031.

Book Chapters

Vanak, A.T., A.J. Hiremath, S. Krishnan, T. Ganesh, N.D. Rai , 2017 , Filling in the (forest) blanks: the past, present and future of India’s savanna grasslands Pp 88-93 In: A.J. Hiremath, N.D. Rai, and A. Siddhartha. (eds). , Transcending boundaries. Reflecting on twenty years of action and research at ATREE. ATREE, Bangalore.


examples of integrated Onehealth research and showcase a new National initiative: a talk at the Ashoka University Webinar: Operationalising OneHealth Science in India to Combat Emerging Zoonoses, on the 7th October, 2020, 2020, @ https://youtu.be/9gEwgC0krD0
Talk on Mad dogs and sick monkeys: Understanding pathogen dynamics in complex systems: a virtual talk hosted by Ecology Center Utah State University on 24th September, 2020, 2020, @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgnwgke0U70
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