Ranjini Murali

Research Scholar, High Altitudes

MSc, University of St Andrews

My fascination with the natural world began in the forests of the Western Ghats, when I used to visit these areas during my summer vacations. I first got involved in wildlife research in India by volunteering with various conservation organisations in my undergraduate days. I completed my Bachelor's in Microbiology, Zoology, and Chemistry from the St Joseph's College of Arts and Science in Bangalore. To further my interests in wildlife research, I pursued a Masters in Environmental Biology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. 

My previous research experience includes studying the acoustics of the Northern Bottlenose Whales in Iceland; estimating species richness of amphibians in the Payamino region in the Amazonian Ecuador; and studying amphibians in changing land-uses in the Annamalai hills. I previously worked as the conservation coordinator in NCF's high altitude programme. During this time I worked on a variety of  conservation issues and on conservation education, in the Trans-Himalayas . 

My current research interests are in the area of ecosystem service use in the Indian Trans-Himalayas.

Projects

Publications

Journal Article

2019

Changing use of ecosystem services along a rural-urban continuum in the Indian Trans-Himalayas

Conference Proceedings

2018

Snow leopard and prey: Landscape-level distribution modeling & impacts of migratory livestock grazing in Symposium Assimilated Knowledges: an integrated approach to conservation in snow leopard landscapes

Popular Article

2017

The fascinating world of fungi

Report

2017

Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Snow Leopard Landscapes of Asia

Journal Article

2017

The value of ecosystem services in the high altitude Spiti Valley, Indian Trans-Himalaya

Popular Article

2015

Nono: king of the mountains

Poster

2014

Fungi of the Western Ghats

Popular Article

2013

Strange fish in familiar waters

Popular Article

2013

Lantana I.A.S. (Invasive Alien Species)

Popular Article

2013

A morning with ‘Bloated Stomach’

Popular Article

2012

The land of the fungus

Journal Article

2012

Streamside amphibian communities in plantations and a rainforest fragment in the Anamalai hills, India

Book

2012

Fungus among us: An exploration of fungi in the Anamalai hills.

Popular Article

2012

Attack of the killer fungus

Popular Article

2012

Friendly fungi

Report

2011

Wildlife in the Havukal – Warwick estates, Nilgiris: a field survey and inventory report.