Suhel Quader

Scientist, Education and Public Engagement

PhD

Suhel Quader

My main interest is in engaging with the larger public in better understanding the natural world and how it is changing. This is sometimes called Citizen Science or Public Participation in Scientific Research. Our projects along these lines are run in collaboration with the National Centre for Biological Sciences, as well as other partners. We work through the Bird Count India partnership to better understand the distribution, seasonality and abundance of birds. And in SeasonWatch, we work with schools and individual participants to investigate seasonal patterns in leaf-flush, flowering and fruiting of trees. Everyone is welcome to participate!

My formal background and training is in the field of animal behaviour and evolutionary ecology. Over the years, I have studied various aspects of animal behaviour: flocking in Cinereous Tits, mate choice in Baya Weavers, and brood parasitism by Koels on Crows. With students and collaborators we have asked questions about plant-pollinator interactions, the behaviour of mosquito larvae, and the demographic responses of birds to forest alteration.

Apart from these interests in the natural world, I spend a fair bit of my time thinking about how ecologists ask and answer research questions, including about the quantitative and data analytic techniques we use and should be using.

Projects

Publications

Journal Article

2019

Focal plant and neighbourhood fruit crop size effects on fruit removal by frugivores in a semi-arid landscape invaded by Lantana camara L.

Journal Article

2018

Responses of interspecific associations in mixed-species bird flocks to selective logging

Journal Article

2018

Ants on Clerodendrum infortunatum: Disentangling Effects of Larceny and Herbivory

Journal Article

2018

Nesting success and nest-site selection of White-rumped Vultures (Gyps bengalensis) in western Maharashtra, India

Journal Article

2018

Ants on Clerodendrum infortunatum: Disentangling Effects of Larceny and Herbivory

Journal Article

2018

Context-dependent interactive effects of non-lethal predation on larvae impact adult longevity and body composition

Popular Article

2018

The case of the confusing Kanikonna tree

Journal Article

2018

eBird in Asia: standardised tools for birdwatchers

Book Chapter

2018

Public Participation in Understanding Biodiversity

Journal Article

2018

Playing it safe? Behavioural responses of mosquito larvae encountering a fish predator

Book

2017

Birds of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands: A pocket guide to 139 birds of the islands

Dataset

2017

Data from: Plant-disperser mutualisms in a semi-arid habitat invaded by Lantana camara L. Plant Ecology

Dataset

2017

Playing it safe? behavioural responses of mosquito larvae encountering a fish predator. Ethology Ecology & Evolution

Book

2017

Birds of Karnataka (Kannada) - pocket guide

Book

2017

Birds of Tamil Nadu - pocket guide

Book

2017

Birds of Kanha national park - pocket guide

Journal Article

2017

Plant-disperser mutualisms in a semi-arid habitat invaded by Lantana camara L.

Popular Article

2016

The fall of a squirrel

Book

2016

Birds of Kerala (Malayalam) - pocket guide

Book

2016

Birds of Spiti and Ladakh: A pocket guide to 137 birds of high altitudes

Book

2015

What's that bird? Common birds of India

Journal Article

2015

Perceptions of priority issues in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems in India

Dataset

2015

Data from: Demographic superiority with increased logging in tropical understorey insectivorous birds. Journal of Applied Ecology

Book

2015

Birds of peninsular India: a pocket guide to 135 familiar birds

Journal Article

2015

Demographic superiority with increased logging in tropical understorey birds

Dataset

2013

Data from: Influence of gaze and directness of approach on the escape responses of the Indian rock lizard, Psammophilus dorsalis (Gray, 1831).

Popular Article

2011

The calendar of nature

Popular Article

2010

Climate change, first-hand

Popular Article

2010

Why everyone must understand evolution

Journal Article

2009

MigrantWatch: Changes and Results from the Second Year

Journal Article

2008

MigrantWatch: A citizen science programme for the study of bird migration

Thesis

1995

The Great Tit (Parus major caschmerensis) in northern India: behaviour and ecology in the nonbreeding season

Book Chapter

Tracking phenology in the tropics and inIndia: the impacts of climate change