Divya Mudappa

Scientist, Western Ghats

Divya Mudappa

My primary research interests is in tropical ecology, particularly rainforests and applied ecological subjects such as restoration ecology and conservation biology. I have continuing academic interests in the fields of plant-animal interactions (particularly frugivory and seed dispersal) and animal behaviour.

Hornbills and small carnivores are the animal groups I study and specialize in. I studied the Malabar Grey Hornbill for my Master's dissertation (Salim Ali School of Ecology, Pondicherry University), followed by other studies on hornbills, including nearly a decade of nest monitoring, distribution and abundance surveys along the Western Ghats, and effects of rainforest fragmentation on hornbills. My doctoral thesis (Bharathiar University, Coimbatore) was on the ecology and conservation of the endemic and nocturnal brown palm civet, a frugivorous small carnivore in the tropical rainforests of the Western Ghats.

The broad goal and long-term plan of my research activities is to improve the scientific understanding of the patterns and processes in tropical ecosystems and to use this knowledge for implementation of conservation programmes that would benefit both wildlife and local communities.

Projects

Publications

Report

2018

Population assessment of the Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius) using the Double-observer Survey method in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve

Journal Article

2018

Seasonal variation in wildlife roadkills in plantations and tropical rainforest in the Anamalai Hills, Western Ghats, India

Book

2018

Pillars of Life: Magnificent Trees of the Western Ghats

Journal Article

2018

Herpetofaunal survey in rainforest remnants of the Western Ghats, India

Journal Article

2018

Understanding perceptions of people towards lion-tailed macaques in a fragmented landscape of the Anamalai Hills, Western Ghats, India

Dataset

2017

Data from: Successional status, seed dispersal mode and overstorey species influence tree regeneration in tropical rain-forest fragments in Western Ghats, India

Journal Article

2017

Bats in the Ghats: Agricultural intensification reduces functional diversity and increases trait filtering in a biodiversity hotspot in India

Journal Article

2017

Conflict to coexistence: Human – leopard interactions in a plantation landscape in Anamalai Hills, India

Journal Article

2017

Successional status, seed dispersal mode and overstorey species influence tree regeneration in tropical rain-forest fragments in Western Ghats, India

Report

2016

Awareness and coexistence measures to conserve endangered lion-tailed macaques in the Valparai landscape, Western Ghats.

Popular Article

2016

Hornbills: the feathered foresters.

Journal Article

2016

Range extension of the endangered Salim Ali’s Fruit Bat Latidens salimalii (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) in the Anamalai Hills, Tamil Nadu, India.

Popular Article

2016

Rātriñcaranmār [In Malayalam: Night rangers, article on small carnivores].

Journal Article

2015

Landscape scale habitat suitability modelling of bats in the Western Ghats of India:Bats like something in their tea

Journal Article

2015

Prey abundance and leopard diet in a plantation and rainforest landscape, Anamalai Hills, Western Ghats

Journal Article

2015

Invasive alien species in relation to edges and forest structure in tropical rainforest fragments of the Western Ghats

Popular Article

2015

Restoring the fabric

Journal Article

2014

Assessing leopard occurrence in the plantation landscape of Valparai, Anamalai Hills

Popular Article

2014

How green is your tea?

Book Chapter

2014

Restoring nature: wildlife conservation in landscapes fragmented by plantation crops in India.

Journal Article

2014

A case of colour aberration in Stripe-necked Mongoose Herpestes vitticollis in the Western Ghats, India

Journal Article

2014

Acoustic identification of bats in the southern Western Ghats, India

Journal Article

2012

Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas.

Working Paper

2012

Beyond the borders: wildlife conservation in landscapes fragmented by plantations crops in India

Popular Article

2011

Rhythms of renewal

Report

2011

People and predators: Leopard diet and interactions with people in a tea plantation dominated landscape in the Anamalai Hills, Western Ghats.

Popular Article

2011

Elusive Malabar civet

Popular Article

2010

Coffee, conservation, and Rainforest Alliance certification: opportunities for Indian coffee

Journal Article

2010

Asian elephant Elephas maximus habitat use and ranging in fragmented rainforest and plantations in the Anamalai hills, India

Dataset

2009

Data from: Brewing trouble: coffee invasion in relation to edges and forest structure in tropical rainforest fragments of the Western Ghats, India. Biological Invasions

Journal Article

2009

Brewing trouble: coffee invasion in relation to edges and forest structure in tropical rainforest fragments of the Western Ghats, India

Dataset

2009

Data from: A conservation status survey of hornbills (Bucerotidae) in the Western Ghats, India.

Journal Article

2009

Corrigendum: mammal persistence and abundance in tropical rainforest remnants in the southern Western Ghats, India.

Dataset

2009

Western Ghats Hornbill Survey

Journal Article

2008

Mammal persistence and abundance in tropical rainforest remnants in the southern Western Ghats, India.

Journal Article

2007

Responses of small carnivores to rainforest fragmentation in the southern Western Ghats, India.

Journal Article

2006

Plant Community Structure in Tropical Rain Forest Fragments of the Western Ghats, India

Report

2004

The elephant hills: conservation of wild Asian elephants in a landscape of fragmented rainforests and plantations in the Anamalais, India

Journal Article

2003

Bridging the gap: sharing responsibility for ecological restoration and wildlife conservation on private lands in the Western Ghats