Amrita Menon

amrita@ncf-india.org

Research Coordinator, Western Ghats

M.Sc. in Applied Ecology (Erasmus Mundus)

I have always enjoyed being outdoors and over the years I have had the opportunity to observe nature more closely, appreciating it a lot more. For my bachelor thesis, I worked on a microhabitat study of golden frogs (Hylarana Aurantiaca) at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. After graduating, I moved onto working with Olive Ridley turtles on a long-term conservation project with CES in Bangalore for a year and a half. During my internship at CES, I had the chance to explore quite a bit of the Western Ghats, Konkan coast and beaches of Orissa. In 2017, I graduated with a masters in Applied Ecology. The highlight of my masters was definitely the experience of surreal field sites like the Andes, Amazon and Galapagos Island. The Amazon truly made me fall in love with trees. For my master thesis, I worked on neotropical bats of Brazilia National Park in Brazil, where we were testing the reliability of automated software to identify species with their echolocation calls. I have wanted to work with large mammals for as long as I can remember and now I'm working with the Western Ghats team. I have a keen interest in working on conservation projects involving local communities and intend to pursue this gradually. Email: amrita@ncf-india.org

Projects

Publications

Monitoring Leopard Population in Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary between 2014 and 2020

Report

2021

Monitoring Leopard Population in Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary between 2014 and 2020

Variation in leopard density and abundance: Multi-year study in Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

Report

2021

Variation in leopard density and abundance: Multi-year study in Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

The leopards of Marikanive:
Population estimation of leopards in the Marikanive State Forest, Chitradurga

Report

2021

The leopards of Marikanive: Population estimation of leopards in the Marikanive State Forest, Chitradurga

A camera-trap sighting of the Indian grey wolf in Cauvery WS.

Journal Article

2020

The lone wolf: new distribution update of the Indian grey wolf (Canis lupus pallipes) in southern India

Brown mongoose (Urva fuscus)

Journal Article

2020

An extension of the known range of Brown Mongoose Urva fuscus in Southern India

Rosettes in Chikkaballapur: Estimating leopard densities and abundance through camera trapping

Report

2020

Rosettes in Chikkaballapur: Estimating leopard densities and abundance through camera trapping

Monitoring of leopards at Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve in Karnataka

Report

2019

Monitoring of leopards at Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve in Karnataka

Leopards of Bannerghatta National Park: A camera-trapping exercise to estimate abundance and densities of leopards

Report

2019

Leopards of Bannerghatta National Park: A camera-trapping exercise to estimate abundance and densities of leopards