P Jeganathan

Scientist, Western Ghats

• PhD (2000-2007) in Zoology, Mumbai University, Mumbai. (through Bombay Natural History Society -BNHS). • MSc. (1996-1998) in Wildlife Biology, A.V.C. College, Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu. • BSc. (1993 –1996) in Zoology from Periyar E.V.R. College, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu.

My research interest lies in applied ecological aspects such as the conservation biology of endangered bird species, habitat monitoring, and on-ground conservation action. I am equally interested in nature education and outreach.

Endangered species research and conservation - I have been involved in research and conservation of the critically endangered Jerdon’s Courser since 2000. For this project (2000-2008) I worked with a team of wildlife biologists from BNHS, RSPB, UK, Universities of Cambridge & Reading, UK. 

Rainforest Research Team - Since 2008 I am a part of the NCF rainforest research team at Anamalai hills, southern Western Ghats.  I have been involved in conducting conservation education programs and carrying out bird surveys in this landscape.

Outreach and Citizen Science - Since 2016 I have been involved in coordinating and conducting seasonwatch program in Tamil Nadu. I am a part of Tamil Birders Network. Through this network I organise bird surveys and other activities related to birding. 

Language and Ecology - I have been working towards popularizing the importance of nature writing in local languages through workshops. I blog in Tamil at http://uyiri.wordpress.com/

Other interests - Birding, philately, numismatics, photography and dancing (mainly Dappanguthu) are some my hobbies. I am a Wikipedian. I contribute  images to Wikimedia commons (See here). Most of my images are categorized under an open initiative WikiProject Nature and Conservation in India.

Projects

Publications

Book Review

2018

Not just a waste – Book Review of ‘The Poop book’

Journal Article

2018

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

Popular Article

2017

Birds of a different feather

Popular Article

2016

When and where to list birds in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry?

Popular Article

2016

தன்னை அறியும் யானைகளின் துயரை அறிவோம். (On threats to Asian elephants)

Report

2016

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

Popular Article

2016

Birds that call their names

Popular Article

2016

Sing me a folktale

Popular Article

2014

நிலம் யாருக்குச் சொந்தம்? (On Human-Elephant conflict mitigation measures and Valparai Elephant Project)

Popular Article

2014

மக்கள் விஞ்ஞானிகளே, வாருங்கள்! (On various citizen science project initiatives in India)

Popular Article

2014

நீங்களும் விஞ்ஞானிதான்! (On Citizen Science)

Popular Article

2014

ஓர் இன்பச் சுற்றுலாவும், அதற்குப் பிறகும். (On impact of mass tourism in hill stations and irresponsible tourists)

Popular Article

2014

கள்ளச் சந்தைக்குப் பலியாகும் சேட்டைக்காரர்கள். (On Otters of India and their threats)

Popular Article

2014

உண்டி கொடுத்தோம், உயிர் கொடுத்தோமா? (On ill effects of feeding monkeys).

Popular Article

2013

Acrobats on water

Popular Article

2013

Careful while you click

Popular Article

2013

Glories of the Streams

Popular Article

2012

முந்தோன்றி மூத்தவரே. (On South Indian Primates)

Popular Article

2012

As the crow flies…

Popular Article

2012

A home for the house sparrow

Popular Article

2012

காப்பிநல்லதா?டீநல்லதா? (On best practices in sustainable agriculture of Coffee and Tea)

Popular Article

2011

வேழங்களை வாழவைக்க. (To save our Asiatic Elephants)

Popular Article

2011

Trumpeting their cause

Popular Article

2011

வளங்குன்றா விவசாயமும் பல்லுயிர்ப் பாதுகாப்பும் (Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation)

Report

2011

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

Journal Article

2010

Proposed methods to capture and radio-tag the critically endangered Jerdon's Couser in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Report

2008

Report on lands required to be transferred to the Forest Department for the conservation of the critically endangered Jerdon’s Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus around the Sri Lankamalaeswara Wildlife Sanctuary, Cuddapah district, Andhra Pradesh.

Report

2008

Report highlighting violations during Telugu-Ganga Canal construction process around Sri Lankamaleswara Wildlife Sanctuary, Cuddapah District, Andhra Pradesh.

Journal Article

2008

Quantification of threats and suggested ameliorative measures For the conservation of the critically endangered Jerdon’s Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus and its habitat.

Journal Article

2007

Use of remote sensing to measure change in the extent of habitat for the critically endangered Jerdon's Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus in India.

Report

2006

Suggest alternate routes for Telugu-Ganga Canal and management implications to protect the suitable habitat of the Jerdon’s Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus around the two protected areas in Cuddapah district, Andhra Pradesh.

Report

2005

Construction of Telugu-Ganga Canal in and around two protected areas in Cuddapah District, Andhra Pradesh, India. Immediate threat to the world population of the critically endangered Jerdon’s Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus.

Journal Article

2004

Modelling habitat selection and distribution of the critically endangered Jerdon’s courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus in scrub jungle: an application of a new tracking method.

Journal Article

2004

The first recordings of call of the Jerdon’s Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus.

Report

2003

Preliminary faunal survey in the Sri Penusila Narasimha Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh.

Journal Article

2002

Use of tracking strips and automatic cameras for detecting critically endangered Jerdon’s Coursers Rhinoptilus bitorquatus in scrub jungle in Andhra Pradesh.