Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi

Scientist, High Altitudes

Ph.D. Ecology and Conservation, NCF & Manipal University M.Sc. Wildlife Biology and Conservation, NCBS & WCS-India B.Sc. Zoology, Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad

My primary interest is wildlife conservation through robust applied scientific research informing management and policy. As part of the High Altitude program I am involved in multiple conservation projects that work directly with local communities in helping coexistence between people and wildlife. I am also involved in research projects that aim to better our understanding of the high-altitude alpine ecology and the interactions between ecology and society. My formal training includes a PhD in wildlife biology and conservation where my research focused on identifying the causes of livestock predation by snow leopards and finding ways to minimize it through management of wild herbivore and livestock populations. I also examined the perceptions and attitudes of local herders to find ways of minimizing the persecution of the snow leopard. I used population ecology to develop an understanding of the interactions between large carnivores, their wild ungulate prey and livestock.

Blog

Projects

Publications

Journal Article

2020

Population assessment of the Endangered Nilgiri tahr Nilgiritragus hylocrius in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, using the double-observer survey method

Journal Article

2019

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

Journal Article

2019

Distribution and activity pattern of stone marten Martes foina in relation to prey and predators

Journal Article

2019

Sampling bias in snow leopard population estimation studies

Journal Article

2019

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

Book Chapter

2018

Living with Snow Leopards: a pluralistic approach to conservation

Report

2018

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

Journal Article

2018

Local community neutralizes traditional wolf traps and builds a stupa

Book Chapter

2018

Large Carnivore and Conservation and Management

Report

2018

Understanding distribution, population density and conservation status of the endemic and threatened Ladakh urial Ovis orientalis vignei

Report

2017

Population Density Estimation of Snow Leopard from Upper Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Conference Proceedings

2017

Migratory livestock grazing significantly impacts rangeland vegetation and wild-ungulate population in the Indian Trans-Himalaya

Report

2017

Population Density Estimation of Mountain Ungulates from  Upper Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.

Dataset

2017

Data from: Assessing changes in distribution of the endangered snow leopard Panthera uncia and its wild prey over 2 decades in the Indian Himalaya through interview-based occupancy surveys.

Book Chapter

2017

Birds in Relation to Farming and Livestock Grazing in the Indian Trans-Himalayas

Journal Article

2017

Assessing changes in distribution of the Endangered snow leopard Panthera uncia and its wild prey over 2 decades in the Indian Himalaya through interviewbased occupancy surveys

Journal Article

2017

Impact of wild prey availability on livestock predation by snow leopards. 

Journal Article

2017

Commensal in conflict: Livestock depredation patterns by free-ranging domestic dogs in the Upper Spiti Landscape, Himachal Pradesh, India

Dataset

2017

Data from: Impact of wild prey availability on livestock predation by snow leopards

Journal Article

2016

Irrigation demands aggravate fishing threats to river dolphins in Nepal

Book Chapter

2016

Richness and size distribution of large herbivores in the Himalaya

Dataset

2016

Data from: Response of the red fox to expansion of human habitation in the Trans-Himalayan mountains

Journal Article

2016

The Relationship Between Religion and Attitudes Toward Large Carnivores in Northern India?

Book Chapter

2016

Livestock Predation by Snow Leopards: Conflicts and the Search for Solutions

Journal Article

2016

Response of the red fox to expansion of human habitation in the Trans-Himalayan mountains

Dataset

2015

Status of the mountain ungulate prey of the Endangered snow leopard Panthera uncia in the Tost Local Protected Area, South Gobi, Mongolia

Dataset

2014

Multiscale factors affecting human attitudes toward snow leopards and wolves. Dryad Digital Repository.

Journal Article

2014

A penny saved is a penny earned: lean season foraging strategy of an alpine ungulate

Journal Article

2014

Multi-scale factors influencing human attitudes towards snow leopards and wolves.

Thesis

2013

Human-Carnivore Conflicts: understanding predation ecology and livestock damage by snow leopards

Journal Article

2013

People, predators and perceptions: patterns of livestock depredation by snow leopards and wolves.

Journal Article

2012

Standardizing the double-observer survey method for estimating mountain ungulate prey of the endangered snow leopard

Journal Article

2010

Why should a grazer browse? Livestock impact on winter resource use by bharal Pseudois nayaur. 

Thesis

2008

Overwintering strategies and demographic response of bharal (Pseudois nayaur) to livestock grazing and removal, in Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary