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1 Assessing the population status of synanthropic bird species of India, including House Sparrow and House Crow, and their response to urbanization

PI: Dr. Rajah Jayapal,

Co-PI : Dr. S. Babu

Dec 2017 – Nov 2020 Mr. Golusu Babu Rao, JRB

Mr. Darshan Vinod Potdar, JRB

Ms. Priyadarshini S, JRB

Ms. Pallavi Arora, JRB

Ms. Abhisikta Roy, JRB

Ms. Debanjana Basu, JRB


Assessing the distribution, population and habitat use of three endangered species to develop conservation plan for species and their habitats

PI: Dr. S. Babu,

Co-PI : Dr. Rajah Jayapal,  

Dr. H. N. Kumara

Dr. Manchi Shirish S

Dec 2017 – Nov 2020 Mr. Suresh Marimuthu S, SRB

Mr. D. Tamiliniyan, JRB

Mr. Harif Parengal, JRB

Mr. Sarbasis Dutta, JRB


Developing conservation and management plans for select Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) of the country

PI: Dr. Rajah Jayapal

Co-PI : Dr. S. Babu

Dr. P.R.Arun

Dec 2017 – Nov 2020 Ms. R.K. Niveditha, JRB

Ms. Suryamol Sukumaran, JRB

Ms. Ankita Das, JRB

Mr. Clince P. Jose, JRB


National centre for surveillance and monitoring of impact of environmental contaminants on ecosystem components with special focus on birds in India

PI: Dr. S. Muralidharan

Dec 2017 – Nov 2020 Mr. Nambirajan K, Project Associate

Ms. V. Bhagyasree, JRB

Ms. Kirubhanandhini V, JRB

Mr. Kaja Maideen A, Technical Assistant


Establishment of National Avian Forensic Laboratory at SACON for National Certification for Illegal Trafficking of Birds

PI: Dr. R. P. Singh,

Co-PI : Dr. P. Pramod

Dec 2017 – Nov 2020 Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Sharma,

Project Scientist,

Mr. Prateek Dey JRB

Ms. Swapna Devi Ray, JRB


Assessment of status, distribution and threats to the population of threatened Sarus Crane Antigone antigone in Gujarat, India

PI: Dr. M. Mahendiran

PI : Dr. S. Muralidharan

Co-PI : Dr. P. Balasubramanian

Co-PI : Dr. P. V. Karunakaran

Dec 2017 – Nov 2019 Ms. Apurva Madhukar Patil, JRB

Mr. Nikunj Jambu, JRB

Mr. Tejas Karmarkar, JRB

Ms. Sreya Bhattacharya, JRB


Assessment of status, distribution and threats to the population of threatened Sarus Crane Antigone antigone in Uttar Pradesh, India

PI: Dr. M. Mahendiran

PI : Dr. S. Muralidharan

Co-PI : Dr. P. Balasubramanian

Co-PI : Dr. P. V. Karunakaran

Dec 2017 – Nov 2019 Mr. L Prakash, JRB

Ms. Astha Chaudhary, JRB

Ms. Madhumita R, JRB

Mr. Karthikeyan, P, JRB


Developing a conservation action plan for Forest Owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti), a Critically Endangered species endemic to central India

PI: Dr. Shomita Mukherjee

Co-PI : Dr. Rajah Jayapal

Co-PI : Robin Vijayan

(Assistant Professor, IISER Tirupati)

Dec 2017 – Nov 2020 Mr. Pankaj Pramod Koparde  SRB

Ms. Srijita Ganguly SRB

Mr. Kaushik Mohan Koli, JRB

Ms. Zainab Khan, JRB

Ms. Aditi Sanjay Neema, JRB


In-situ and Ex-situ Conservation of Endemic Andaman Edible-nest Swiftlet in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

PI: Dr. Manchi Shirish S

Dec 2017 – Nov 2020 Ms. Dhanusha Jaywant kawalkar, JRB

Ms. Amruta Hemant Dhamorikar, JRB

Ms. Pallavi, JRB


A study on Bird Hazards in select Indian Airfields

PI: Dr. P. Pramod

Co-PI : Dr. P. V. Karunakaran

Dec 2017 – Nov 2019 Ms. Angel Joy, JRB

Mr. S. Jeevith, JRB

Mr. Anees Akram Khan, JRB

11 Assessing anthropogenic threats to large carnivore population in the Western Ghats part of Tamil Nadu

Dr. T. Ramesh, Scientist

& Ramanujan Fellow

March 2017 – March 2022  V. Gayathri, Project Fellow

Criteria for wetland prioritization and framework for wetland monitoring in Tamil Nadu

PI: Dr. Goldin Quadros

Co PI: M. Mahendiran

Nov 2017 – Oct 2018 Mr. T. Siva, Project Fellow

Mr. S. Arulraj, JRB

13 Ecology of Elephant (Elephas maximus) in south-west Bengal including population dynamics, migratory pattern, feeding habits and human- elephant conflict

PI:  Dr. H. N. Kumara

Co Investigator :  Dr. P. A. Azeez

Mar 2016 – Mar 2019 Ms. Aakriti Singh

(Research Fellow)

 14 ENVIS: Wetland ecosystems including inland wetlands

Coordinator : Dr. Goldin Quadros

April 2018-March 2019 Dr. B  Hemambika

(Programme Officer)

Ms. A. Julffia Begam

(Information Officer)

Mr. Mohamed  Ibrahim

(Information Technical Assistant)

15 Dispersal patterns in the Edible nest Swiftlet using biotechnological roots

PI:  Dr. Manchi Shirish S

Co PI:  Dr. R. P. Singh

Jan 2016 – Dec 2018 Mr. Prathamesh Gujarpadhye (Project Fellow)
 16 Nature Education Programme of SACON

Dr. P. Pramod

Apr 2017 – Mar 2018

Ms. Chaithra Shree J

Senior Nature Education Assistant

 17 Polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons [PAHs] in Pallikaranai Wetland, Chennai; fish as an indicator

INSPIRE Fellow : Ms. Mythreyi Devarajan

Supervising Faculty :  Dr. S. Muralidharan

Sep 2013 – Aug 2018 Ms. Mythreyi Devarajan


 18 Ecological investigation on five select endemic trees and their conservation strategies in the forests of Tamil Nadu, India

DST Young Scientist :  Dr. C. Muthuperumal

Supervising Faculty : Dr. P. Balasubramanian

Apr 2016 – Mar 2019 Dr. C. Muthuperumal

Young Scientist

 19 Ecological exploration and socio-economic valuation of pit lakes in Eastern coal fields, India: implications for conservation and sustainable use

Dr. Santanu Gupta

Inspire Faculty


Sep 2016 – Aug 2020 Ms. Aparajita Mukherjee, Project Fellow

Characterisation of Community Reserves and Assessment of their Conservation Values in Meghalaya

PI: Dr. P.V. Karunakaran

Co PI: Dr. H. N. Kumara

Dr. S. Babu

Apr 2018 – Mar 2021 Ms. Tremie M. Sangma, JRB

Ms. Hima Hariharan, JRB

Mr. Karthik P, JRB

Mr. Adrian Lyngdoh, JRB

Mr. Andrew R. Marak, JRB

Mr. Sethu M, JRB

Mr. Sandeep P, JRB

JRB = Junior Research Biologist ; SRB = Senior Research Biologist ; JPB = Junior Project Biologist