K Ramesh, Ph.D.

K Ramesh, Ph.D.K Ramesh, Ph.D.
Scientist - E
Phone: 0135-2646241
Mobile No: 09412971678
E-mail: ramesh [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

I got introduced to wildlife science way back in 1993 through an under-graduation group project on Roosting Behavior of Green Bee-eater and subsequently, studied MSc. in Wildlife Biology at AVC College, Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu. Joined the Wildlife Institute of India in 1995 as a Biologist in the multidisciplinary Forestry Research Education and Extension Project in the Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh. After a short stint of studying the mountain ungulates, carried out a detailed investigation on the charismatic pheasants including the elusive Western Tragopan, which led to my Ph.D. degree in 2003. Meanwhile, I was involved in an applied research project on the tiger and associated species in the Terai Arc Landscape, which was the first large scale project in the country. Other key projects include Reintroduction of Tiger in Panna Tiger Reserve, Central India; Conservation Breeding of Western Tragopan in Himachal Pradesh; Establishment of state-of-art Landscape Ecology and Visualization Laboratory for the National Mission on Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem; Indo-US collaborative project on Wireless Sensor Communication; and E-bird (Drone) Technology for Tiger Reserves in 2013 which happened to be the first formal introduction to Un-manned Aerial Vehicle application in forest and wildlife sector in India, which has now gained momentum in several areas. I provide teaching inputs in landscape ecology, ornithology, habitat ecology, wildlife management, remote sensing and GIS, and human-wildlife conflict management.


Landscape Ecology, Species and Habitat Restorations, Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution Mechanisms and Integration of Advance Technologies in Wildlife Research and Management.

Current Projects

Population recovery and long-term monitoring of tigers in Panna Tiger Reserve and other low density reserves in India
Development of integrated landscape management plan in Central India
Movement ecology of tiger for conflict prediction and landscape management in Nilgiri Biosphere Complex, Southern India
  Assessment and monitoring of climate change effects on wildlife species and ecosystems for developing adaptation and mitigation strategies in the Indian Himalayan Region
  E-bird (Drone) technology for surveillance, monitoring tool and capacity building of frontline staff for species and habitat protection, including human-wildlife conflict management
Knowledge management and science-policy interface.

Key Publications:

Ramesh K. 2007. Tragopans, the horned pheasants: their taxonomy, distribution and status. Pp. 69–77 in ENVIS Bulletin: Wildlife and Protected Areas, Volume 10(1). Wildlife Institute of India: Dehradun.

Ramesh K. 2008. A review of study designs and data collection protocols in wildlife research. Journal of Scientific Transactions in Environment and Technovation 2(2): 57–70.

Ramesh K., Cushman S.A., Sarkar M.S., Malviya M., Naveen M., Johnson J.A. and Sen S. 2016. Multi-scale prediction of landscape resistance for tiger dispersal in central India. Landscape Ecology, 31:1355-1368. DOI 10.1007/s10980-016-0363-0.

Manjari M. and Ramesh K. 2015. Human-felid conflict in corridor habitat: implications for tiger and leopard conservation in Terai Arc Landscape, India. Human Wildlife Interactions, 9(1): 48 – 57.


Uniyal V.K., Ramesh K., Mathur P.K. and Mathur V.B. 2014. Implementing landscape approach to biodiversity conservation in India. In: Sustainable Forest Management for Multiple Values: a Paradigm Shift (Eds. Bhojvaid P.P. and Khandekar N.), Vol. II: 529 – 546.

Sarkar M.S., Ramesh K., Johnson J.A., Sen. S. and Saha G.K. 2017.  Assessment of fine-scale resource selection and spatially explicit habitat suitability modelling for a re-introduced tiger (Panthera tigris) population in central India. PeerJ 5:e3920; DOI 10.7717/peerj.3920.

Elsen P.R., Ramesh K., and Wilcove D.S. 2018. Conserving Himalayan birds in highly seasonal forested and agricultural landscapes. Conservation Biology, DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13145.


Sinha, A., Chatterjee, N., Ormerod, S. J., Adhikari, B. S., & Krishnamurthy, R. 2019. River birds as potential indicators of local-and catchment-scale influences on Himalayan river ecosystems. Ecosystems and People, 15(1), pp. 90-101.

David C.M., Koh, L.P., Lynam A.J., Wich S., Davies A.B., Ramesh K., Stokes E., Starkey R. and Asner G.P. 2016. Integrating technologies for scalable ecology and conservation. Global Ecology and Conservation, 7: 262-275. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2016.07.002.
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