T R Shankar Raman

Scientist, Western Ghats

T R Shankar Raman

I like to imagine that I am a writer turned wildlife scientist turned writer, living in a landscape of rainforests and plantations in the Anamalai hills of southern India. As a wildlife scientist, I focus on the ecology and conservation of tropical forests and wildlife—especially rainforest plants, birds, and mammals—mainly in the Western Ghats. I write creative nonfiction and essays on nature and conservation for newspapers, magazines, and blogs, besides occasional book reviews and op-ed or feature articles.

My book The Wild Heart of India: Nature and Conservation in the City, the Country, and the Wild was published in 2019 by Oxford University Press, India. In 2018, I co-authored Pillars of Life: Magnificent Trees of the Western Ghats with Divya Mudappa (Illustrations by Nirupa Rao and Sartaj Ghuman).

As a participant in an open initiative called WikiProject Nature and Conservation in India, I have also been contributing media (my images, video and audio recordings) to Wikimedia Commons and editing Wikipedia pages related to nature and conservation in India. Here is my Wikipedia user page, and you can find my Wikimedia Commons photo gallery here (works in progress). I also like to read a fair bit and you can see what I am reading here.

Projects

Publications

Report

2018

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

Book Chapter

2018

Expanding nature conservation: considering wide landscapes and deep histories.

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

Popular Article

2016

The culling fields

Popular Article

2016

Is oil palm expansion good for Mizoram?

Dataset

2016

Data from: Shifting agriculture supports more tropical forest birds than oil palm or teak plantations in Mizoram, northeast India.

Popular Article

2016

Why Mizoram must revive, not eradicate, jhum

Journal Article

2016

Shifting agriculture supports more tropical forest birds than oil palm or teak plantations in Mizoram, northeast India

Popular Article

2016

In clouded leopard country

Popular Article

2016

The march of the triffids.

Report

2016

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

Art & Literary

2016

Elephant crossing

Popular Article

2015

Current ecological concerns in the power sector: options to avoid or minimise impacts

Popular Article

2015

Crop cycles: Fire and renewal in Mizoram

Book Chapter

2014

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

Popular Article

2014

How green is your tea?

Journal Article

2014

Bats in Indian coffee plantations: doing more good than harm?

Journal Article

2014

Occurrence of Small-toothed Palm Civet Arctogalidia trivirgata in Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram, North-east India

Popular Article

2014

Mizoram: bamboozled by land use policy

Popular Article

2014

Field and fallow, farm and forest

Popular Article

2014

Perils of oil palm

Popular Article

2013

An apology to the Iyerpadi gentleman

Popular Article

2011

Death of two Osamas

Popular Article

2011

One Earth,One Chance: Conserving a Connected World

Popular Article

2011

Rhythms of renewal

Popular Article

2010

Planet of the ants

Popular Article

2010

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

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

Dataset

2009

Western Ghats Hornbill Survey

Dataset

2009

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

Journal Article

2003

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