K S Gopi Sundar

Scientist, Cranes and Wetlands

PhD, Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, 2011 MSc, Ecology & Environmental Science, Pondicherry University, 1997

The ability of wild animals to live amongst humans, and persist on landscapes that experience intensive conversion to fulfill human needs provides hope for long-term conservation of many species. I got a glimpse into this phenomenon while studying the Sarus Crane in Uttar Pradesh, and am now hooked. My primary interest is to understand how this coexistence can be achieved, where and when is this coexistence not possible, and to figure out if this coexistence can be introduced to areas where they may currently be weak. On the side, the natural history and behaviour of all wild things, particularly birds, fascinates and drives me to discovery. My current focus is the habitats and landscapes in south Asia where Sarus Cranes exist, and the many other species that thrive alongside. I run Program SarusScape of the International Crane Foundation that is implemented in collaboration with NCF as the Cranes and Wetlands Programme. With my friend and colleague Luis Santiago Cano, I also Co-chair the IUCN Stork, Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group which allows me to work alongside a fantastic group of people worldwide interested in this group of birds.

Projects

Publications

Journal Article

2019

Breeding Ecology of the Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala in a managed urban wetland

Journal Article

2019

Sympatric cranes in northern Australia: abundance, breeding success, habitat preference and diet

Journal Article

2019

Roosting ecology of Black-Headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus) in urban and rural areas of southern Rajasthan, India

Journal Article

2018

Temporal variations in patterns of Escherichia coli strain diversity and antimicrobial resistance in the migrant Egyptian Vulture

Book Chapter

2018

Chapter 6. Methods to reduce conflicts between cranes and farmers

Book Chapter

2018

Case study. Sarus Cranes and Indian farmers: an ancient coexistence

Journal Article

2018

The role of artificial habitats and rainfall patterns in the unseasonal nesting of Sarus Cranes (Antigone antigone) in south Asia

Conference Proceedings

2018

IUCN-SSC Stork, Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group Special Publication 1. VII International Conference on Black Stork Ciconia nigra: programme and abstracts.

Journal Article

2017

Hunting or habitat? Drivers of waterbird abundance and community structure in agricultural wetlands of southern India

Journal Article

2016

Factors affecting provisioning times of two stork species in lowland Nepal

Journal Article

2015

Wetland loss and waterbird use of wetlands in Palwal district, Haryana, India: The role of agriculture, urbanization and conversion to fish ponds

Popular Article

2014

Survival of the fittest

Book Chapter

2014

Sarus Cranes, cultivators, and conservation

Journal Article

2013

Can wetlands maintained for human use also help conserve biodiversity? Landscape–scale patterns of bird use of wetlands in an agricultural landscape in north India

Popular Article

2013

The great crane project

Popular Article

2013

Bringing back a commoner

Journal Article

2012

Methodological, temporal and spatial factors affecting modelled occupancy of resident birds in the perennially cultivated landscape of Uttar Pradesh, India

Journal Article

2011

Farmland foods: Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus prey items in an agricultural landscape

Journal Article

2011

Agricultural intensification, rainfall patterns, and large waterbird breeding success in the extensively cultivated landscape of Uttar Pradesh, India

Newsletter

2010

Sarusscape: A rich tapestry

Journal Article

2010

Bird use of rice fields in the Indian subcontinent

Journal Article

2009

Are rice paddies suboptimal breeding habitat for Sarus Cranes in Uttar Pradesh, India?

Journal Article

2009

Are rice paddies suboptimal breeding habitat for Sarus Cranes in Uttar Pradesh, India?

Newsletter

2008

Uttar Pradesh: An unlikely Shangri-la

Newsletter

2008

Rains in northern India bring floods and Sarus Crane nesting habitat

Journal Article

2005

Effectiveness of road transects and wetland visits for surveying Black-necked Storks Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus and Sarus Cranes Grus antigone in India