Scientist, Western Ghats
Ph.D Wildlife and Management
Sanjay Gubbi works mainly on conservation issues in Karnataka state. Sanjay bridges a strong understanding of the socio-economic and political aspects of conservation with its scientific bases.
Sanjay's PhD examines factors underlying the variation of leopard distribution across a habitat modification gradient in southern Karnataka, and evaluates current approaches to management of leopard-human conflict to help achieve a better understanding and management of this beleaguered species.
Sanjay’s recent work, focusing on the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India has strived to reduce the impact of habitat fragmentation, collaborated with the Karnataka Forest Department towards an expansion of protected areas, helped institute new social security and welfare measures for forest watchers and guards. On these projects, Sanjay works with a wide cross-section of people, including policy makers, media and social leaders.
Sanjay also conducts training workshops for print and electronic media and conservation enthusiasts, among others, to expand support for and enhance public understanding of conservation. He has taught Master’s program courses at the National Centre for Biological Sciences and the Wildlife Institute of India. Today, Sanjay sits on the State Wildlife Board and other key panels of the state.
He writes extensively both in English and Kannada, and is especially keen on popularising wildlife conservation in local languages.