Ph.D

Doctoral Program

PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

In partnership with Manipal University, we offer a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Our doctoral fellows study a broad array of species from tigers, elephants, hornbills, gibbons and mountain ungulates as well as human dimensions of conservation. We have ten graduates and several more students currently pursuing their doctorates.

Manipal University:

Dr. N. Samba Kumar was awarded PhD from Manipal University in 2011. His doctoral disseration was titled, ‘Assessment of distribution and abundance of ungulate prey using spatial models in Nagarahole and Bandipur Tiger Reserves of  India’. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Dr. G. V. Reddy was awarded PhD from Manipal University in 2011. His doctoral disseration was titled, ‘Comparitive evaluation of management regimes for biodiversity conservation in India: A case study from Nagarahole, Karnataka’. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Dr. Raman Kumar was awarded PhD from Manipal University in 2011. His doctoral disseration was titled, ‘Woodpecker community responses to forest management in sub-Himalayan dipterocarp forests of northwestern India’. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Dr. Vidya Athreya was awarded PhD from Manipal University in 2012. Her doctoral disseration was titled, ‘Conflict Resolution and Leopard Conservation in a Human-dominated Landscape’. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Maharashtra Forest Department and Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Dr. Devcharan Jathanna was awarded PhD from Manipal University in 2016. His doctoral dissertation was titled, ‘Ecology and conservation of small carnivores in the Western Ghats’. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Dr. Chaitanya Krishna Y. was awarded PhD from Manipal University in 2017. His doctoral dissertation was titled, ‘Resolving conflict between conservation and livelihoods – crop damage by blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) in semi-arid India’. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Other Universities:

Dr. Arjun Gopalaswamy was awarded D.Phil from University of Oxford in 2015. His doctoral dissertation was titled, ‘Addressing Methodological Issues in the Study of Tiger Metapopulation Dynamics in Western Ghats, Karnataka’. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Dr. McKenzie Johnson was awarded PhD from Duke University in 2017. His doctoral dissertation was titled, ‘Strong Institutions in Weak States: Institution Building, Natural Resource Governance, and Conflict in Ghana and Sierra Leone’. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Dr. Jared D. Margulies was awarded PhD from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2017. His doctoral dissertation was titled, ‘Unruly Animals: Multispecies politics and the governing of wildlife state space’. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife Studies.

Mahi Puri is pursuing her PhD from the University of Florida through a study conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife studies. Her doctoral dissertation is titled ‘Prioritizing and identifying opportunities for carnivore conservation in human-dominated landscapes of India’.