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Adjunct Scientist

   Dr. H. S. Sushma

Brief Resume

Dr. H.S. Sushma obtained her PhD degree from the University of Mysore in 2004. For her doctoral research, she studied resource partitioning and inter-specific interactions among diurnal, arboreal mammals. She studied niche separation and inter-specific interactions among sympatric Lion-tailed Macaque, Bonnet Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, and the Indian Giant Squirrel. She has been involved in field research since 1998 on primates in the Western Ghats. Her post-doctoral research experience includes working on primate communities in the evergreen forests of the central Western Ghats, and a population survey of the endangered lion-tailed macaque in Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu. Later, she was also involved in a project that explored alternative conservation paradigms such as ‘payment for ecosystem services’, in restoring wildlife corridor in the Shencottah gap in the southern Western Ghats. She carried out systematic conservation planning for arboreal mammals in the Periyar-Agasthyamalai landscape. Her current research deals with spatial foraging patterns and nutritional ecology of the Lion-tailed macaque in the central Western Ghats. She has worked as a Research Associate at the University of Mysore and at the Foundation for Ecological Research Advocacy and Learning (FERAL), Pondicherry. Currently, she is affiliated with SACON as an Adjunct Scientist since 2015.

Academic Record

2004: Ph.D., University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka, India.

1997: M.A., University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka, India.

1994: B.A., University of Mysore, Karnataka, India.

 Detailed Resume

Name: H. S. Sushma

Father’s Name: H. Subba Rao

Address for correspondence: Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Anaikatty (Post), Coimbatore – 641 108

Permanent address: Flat # 201, ‘Raunaq Homes’, opposite pillar 191, PVNR expressway, Attapur, Hyderabad 500048

Email: sush61@gmail.com

Phone contact: 9052423143

Date of birth: 16-Oct-1973

Gender: Female

Nationality: Indian

Pay band: Not applicable

 Educational qualifications:  

Degree

Year

 

Board/University/

Institute

Class

PhD (Psychology/ Animal behaviour)

 

Masters of Arts (Psychology)

 

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Sociology, English)

 

2004

 

 

 

1997

 

1994

 

University of Mysore

 

 

University of Mysore

 

University of Mysore

NA

 

 

 

First

 

 

First

 

 

Research / work experience

November 2015 to present: Adjunct Scientist (Principal Investigator), Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Project: Determinants of spatial foraging patterns of the endangered lion-tailed macaque (Macaca Silenus), supported by Primate Conservation Inc, U.S.A.

August 2011 to February 2013: Research Associate (Principal Investigator), Foundation for Ecological Research Advocacy and Learning (FERAL), Tamil Nadu. Project: Gap analysis of the Periyar-Agasthyamalai landscape for arboreal mammal conservation, supported by CEPF-ATREE Western Ghats Small Grants program.

November 2009 to December 2010: Research Associate, Foundation for Ecological Research Advocacy and Learning (FERAL), Tamil Nadu. Project: Bridging the Shencottah Gap: How Payments for Ecosystem Services can restore biodiversity outside Protected Areas in India, supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, Conservation International, USA.

October 2008 – September 2009: Principal Investigator. Project: Population survey and conservation of the endangered lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) in Kalakad – Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamilnadu, supported by Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation, United Kingdom.

December 2007 – February 2008: Research collaborator along with Dr. H.N. Kumara. Project: Development of a Conservation Strategy for a Newly Discovered Lion-tailed Macaque Macaca silenus Population in Western Ghats, India, supported by Primate Action Fund and Conservation International, USA.

March 2006 – February 2007: Research associate, University of Mysore. Project: Niche Separation in Sympatric Rainforest Primates of the Northern Western Ghats, supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

February 2002 – May 2003: Editorial assistance for the book titled “Mammals of South Asia: Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation” (eds) A.J.T Johnsingh and Nima Manjrekar.

January 2000 – November 2001: Principal Investigator. Project: Resource Utilization and Niche Separation in Sympatric Rainforest Arboreal Mammals, supported by Indo-US Primate Project and WCS India program.

January 1998 – July 1999: Technical assistant, University of Mysore: Project: Studies on the Ecology, Adaptation and Evolution of Sociality in Non-Human Primates of South India, supported by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

Doctoral thesis: Resource Utilization and Niche separation in Sympatric Rainforest Arboreal Mammals (Supervisor: Prof. Mewa Singh)

Publications

Journal articles

H.S. Sushma, Mann, R., H. N. Kumara, & A. Udhayan. Population status of the endangered lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus in Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Western Ghats, India, 2014. Primate Conservation, 28: 171-178.

  1. N. Kumara, R. Sasi, R. Suganthasakthivel, Mewa Singh, H.S. Sushma, K.K. Ramachandran, & Werner Kaumanns, 2014. Distribution, Demography and Conservation of Lion-tailed Macaques (Macaca silenus) in the Anamalai Hills Landscape, Western Ghats, India. International Journal of Primatology, 35:976-989.

Kuladeep Roy, Mewa Singh, H.S. Sushma, & Mridula Singh, 2010. Stand structure of a primate rich rainforest region in the central Western Ghats of southern India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 2 (6): 930-939.

 Mewa Singh, Werner Kaumanns, Mridula Singh, H.S. Sushma, & Sanjay Molur, 2009. The Lion-tailed Macaque Macaca silenus (Primates: Cercopithecidae): conservation history and status of a flagship species of the tropical rainforests of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 1(3): 151 -157.

H.S. Sushma & Mewa Singh, 2008. Hunting of Indian giant squirrel (Ratufa indica) by the lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) in the Western Ghats, India. Current Science, 95(11): 1535-1536.

H.S. Sushma & Mewa Singh, 2006. Resource partitioning and interspecific interactions among sympatric rainforest arboreal mammals of the Western Ghats, India.  Behavioral Ecology 17:479–490.

  1. N. Kumara, M. Ananda Kumar, A. K. Sharma, H. S. Sushma, Mridula Singh, & Mewa Singh, 2004. Diversity and management of wild mammals in tea gardens in the rainforest regions of the Western Ghats, India: A case study from a tea estate in the Anaimalai Hills. Current Science, vol. 87(9): 1282-1287.

 

  1. Singh, M. Singh, M.A. Kumar, H.N. Kumara, A.K. Sharma, & H.S. Sushma, 2000. Niche separation in sympatric lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) and Nilgiri langur (Presbytis johnii) in an Indian tropical rain forest. Primate report, 58: 83-95.

 

Book Chapters and manuals

H.S. Sushma, S.F.W. Sunderraj, & A.J.T. Johnsingh, 2013. Nilgiri langur (Semnopithecus johnii). In Mammals of South Asia: Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation Vol.1 (Eds.) A.J.T. Johnsingh & N. Manjrekar. Universities Press (India), Pvt Ltd.

Rohini Mann, H. S. Sushma, V. K. Melkani, & A. Udhayan, 2009. Monitoring Primates: A guide for Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

Book review

 H.S. Sushma & M. Singh, 2016. Review of Mammals of south Asia vol. 2. (Eds A.J.T. Johnsingh and N. Manjrekar). Current Science, 110 (4): 723-724.

Conference paper

 H.S. Sushma & S. Vaidyanathan, 2013. Landscape level conservation planning for arboreal mammals of Periyar – Agasthyamalai landscape in the southern Western Ghats, a global biodiversity hotspot. International workshop on ‘Land use optimization for coordinating regional development with conservation of endangered species’.  Pondicherry University, December 16th to 18th 2013.

  1. Vaidyanathan, H. S. Sushma, & A. Gangadharan, 2012. Disentangling the effect of linear barriers from other landscape elements to identify potential movement pathways. The 2nd Asia Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology – Asia Section, August 2012, Bangalore India.

H.S. Sushma & M. Singh, 2003. Interspecific interactions among rainforest arboreal mammals.  Proceedings of 28th Conference of Ethological Society of India, Feb 7th – 8th, 2003, held at Mundanthurai, Tirunelveli district, Tamilnadu.

Technical Reports

H.S. Sushma, S. Ram, & S. Vaidyanathan (2013). Gap analysis of the Periyar – Agasthyamalai landscape for arboreal mammal conservation. Final technical Report. Published by Foundatuon for Ecological Research Advocacy and Learning (FERAL), Tamilnadu.

H.S. Sushma, H.N. Kumara, A. Udhayan, & R. Mann (2010). Population survey and conservation of the endangered lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus in Kalakad – Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamilnadu. Final technical report. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

H.S. Sushma (2004). Resource utilization and niche separation in sympatric rainforest arboreal mammals of the Western Ghats. Submitted to Wildlife Conservation Society India Program, Bangalore.

Singh, M. Singh, M.A. Kumar, H.N. Kumara, H.S. Sushma, A.K. Sharma, N.M. Thejasvi, L. D’Souza, & C. Bertsch (1999). Studies on the ecology, adaptation and evolution of sociality in non-human primates of south India. Mimeographed. University of Mysore. Submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

Training workshops attended

July 26th, 2012: Open source GIS and Remote Sensing applications in post-graduate ecological research. A two-day advanced GIS workshop held at Foundation for Ecological Research Advocacy and Learning (FERAL), Tamil Nadu.

August 10th, 2012: The Zonation v3.1 conservation prioritization framework and software. A post conference workshop (SCB Asia 2012) held at ATREE, Bangalore.

December 10th – 15th, 2013: A six-day training workshop on landscape ecology for wildlife conservation organized by Dr. Sam Cushman, US Forest Service and Dr. Jean-Philippe Puyravaud, ECOS, at Pondicherry University.

March 18th – 22nd, 2017: Workshop on seed dispersal, Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India.

Workshops conducted

December 21st – 22nd, 2009: Workshop in Kalakad – Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve involving scientists and the park authorities. Disseminated results of the lion-tailed macaque survey in KMTR and also held a training session for the field staff in surveying for primates.

February 25th, 2013: A consultative workshop for conservation of arboreal mammals in the Periyar – Agasthyamalai landscape involving scientists and managers from the Kerala Forest Department as part of the gap analysis project to discuss site-specific recommendations for conservation.