Dr. H.N.Kumara

BRIEF RESUME

Dr. H. N. Kumara obtained his Ph.D. degree from University of Mysore for his study “An Ecological Assessment of Mammals in Non-sanctuary Areas of Karnataka”. This study provided distribution pattern for about ten species, and identified the potential populations for many endemic and endangered species.  Before Ph.D., he involved in studies focused on distribution of mammals, ecology and behaviour of primates in Anamalai hills. He studied the adaptation of lion-tailed macaque to the changing habitat in the fragmented landscape of Anamalai hills. He involved in the study where the male influx, infanticide and female transfer was documented in bonnet macaque. Surveyed the nocturnal slender lorises across its distribution range in entire south India, and studied some of the lesser known mammal species for their status. He involved in identifying the forest areas for conservation for threatened species in southern states. He has over 60 publications and three book chapters for his credits. After his Ph.D., he was in NIAS as young scientist (DST-Young scientist project), and he joined the SACON as Scientist on 1st March 2010.

ACADEMIC RECORDS

B.Sc., University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka, India, 1993

B.Ed., Kuvempu University, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India, 1994

M.sc., Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India, 1999

Ph.D., University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka, India, 2005

DETAILED RESUME

Name

Dr. H. N. KUMARA

Fathers name

H. S. Nagaraj

Nationality Indian
Position Senior Scientist –Conservation Biology
Address (and address for correspondence) Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Anaikatty, Coimbatore-641108, Tamil Nadu, India
E-mail honnavallik@gmail.com
Mobile +91 9486191438
Present address
Educational Qualification:
Degree University Year Subjects
Ph.D. University of Mysore 2005 Zoology
M.Sc. Annamalai University 1999 Zoology
B.Ed. Kuvempu University 1994 Biology, Chemistry
B.Sc. University of Mysore 1993 Chemistry, Botany, Zoology
Research Experience:
  • March 1995 to February 1997: Technical Assistant in the project entitled “Studies on the ecology, adaptation and evolution of sociality in non-human primates of South India”, funded by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
  • March 1997 to July 2001: Research Assistant in the Indo-US Primate Project, funded jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • August 2001 to August 2003: Junior Research Fellow in the project entitled “Ecology, status and conservation of lesser known mammals in neglected habitats”, funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
  • August 2003 to December 2004: Senior Research Fellow in the project entitled “Ecology, status and conservation of lesser known mammals in neglected habitats”, funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
  • As a Principal Investigator handling research projects through National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
  • January 2008 to March 2010: Young Scientist, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
  • March 1, 2010: Scientist, Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Anaikatty.
  • September 2015: Senior Scientist, Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Anaikatty.
Ph.D. Guideship:

Recognized Ph.D. guide by Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Recognized Ph.D. guide by Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka

Ph.D. Guiding:
  1. K. Santhosh. Study of population, ecology and conservation of lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus in Sirsi-Honnavara, Western Ghats, Karnataka. (Awarded-January 2017).
  2. Arijit Pal. A study on reproductive behavior of Nicobar long tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis umbrosa) in Great Nicobar Island, India.  (Registered in 2013).
  3. Aditi Mukherjee. Burrow use patterns by terrestrial vertebrates in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India. (Registered in 2014).
  4. Avadhoot D. Velankar. Population status and resource utilization of Nicobar long tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis umbrosa) in Nicobar Islands, India. (Registered in 2014).
  5. Partha Sarathi Mishra. A study on the aggression and post-conflict affiliation in Nicobar long tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis umbrosa). (Registered in 2014).
  6. Joydeep Shil. Feeding ecology and social structure of golden langur Trachypithcus geei in secondary forests of Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary, India. (Registered in 2015).
Projects:
  1. Research project “Impact of local hunting on abundance of large mammals in three protected areas of the Western Ghats, Karnataka”, from August 2005 to January 2007. Rufford Small Grants, UK.
  2. Research project “Estimation of Indian grey wolf (Canis lupus pallipes) population in selected regions of Karnataka and its conservation strategy”, from 2006 to 2007. Karnataka Forest Department (Wildlife), India.
  3. Research project “Population density assessment of the slender loris (Loris lydekkerianus): A pilot study”, from 2007 to 2008. American Society of Primatologists, USA
  4. Research project “Development of a conservation strategy for a newly discovered lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus population in Western Ghats, India”, from 2007 to 2009. Primate Action Fund, Conservation International, USA, Primate Conservation Inc., USA, Rufford Small Grants, UK.
  5. Research project “Population estimation of lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) in Kudremukh Wildlife Division”, from 2008 to 2009. Kudremukh Wildlife Division, Karkala, India.
  6. Research project “Influence of resource availability on ranging pattern in conspecific groups of free ranging lion-tailed macaques Macaca silenus”, from 2008 to 2010. DST, Govt. of India.
  7. Research project “Assessment of the Critical Wildlife Habitat in Sirsi-Honnavara forest division, Karnataka: with special emphasis on estimation of Lion-tailed Macaque Macaca silenus population” from 2007 to 2009. Sirsi Forest Division, Karnataka Forest Department, India.
  8. Research project “Study on ecology and demography of newly discovered lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus population in the forests of Sirsi, Karnataka”, from 2008 to 2009. Sirsi Forest Division, Karnataka Forest Department, India.
  9. Research project “Distribution and Abundance of large mammals in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary” from 2009 to 2010. Chamarajanagara Wildlife Division, Karnataka Forest Department, India.
  10. Research project “Development of conservation strategy for a newly discovered lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus population in Sirsi-Honnavara, Western Ghats: II. Understanding of the impact of NTFP collection on the lion-tailed macaques”, from 2010 to 2011. CEPF small grants.
  11. Research project “Preparation of Biodiversity Conservation Plan for Mysore Forest Division”, from 2009 to 2010. Mysore forest division, Karnataka Forest Department, India.
  12. Research project “Assessment of occurrence and abundance of large mammals, birds and woody plants in Bannerghatta National Park, Karnataka” from 2010 to 2011. Bannerghatta Division, Karnataka Forest Department, India.
  13. Research project “A survey of slender loris in parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu”, from 2011 to 2014. Primate Conservation Inc. USA.
  14. Research project “Evaluating the status of NTFP trees and development of a model for sustainable harvest of Garcinia gummi-gutta in Aghanashini -Lion tailed Macaque Conservation Reserve, Western Ghats, India“, from 2011-20 13. Rufford Small Grants, UK.
  15. Research project “Estimation of abundance of feral elephants in Interview Island Sanctuary, Andaman & Nicobar Islands”, from 2012 to 2013. Forest Department, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  16. Research project “Social organization, behaviour and phylogeography of Macaca fascicularis umbrosa on the Nicobar Islands, India”, from 2012 to2016. DST, Govt. of India.
  17. Research project “Spatio-temporal burrow use patterns by vertebrates in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India”, 2012 to 2016. DST, Govt. of India.
  18. Research project “Owl assemblage and occupancy in Andaman Archipelago, India”, from 2012 to 2016. DST, Govt. of India
  19. Research project: “A comprehensive study of potential ecological impact of windmill farms on wildlife with special emphasis to avifauna in Karnataka”. Karnataka Forest Department.
  20. Research project: “Ecology of Elephant (Elephas maximus) in South-West Bengal including population dynamics, migratory pattern, feeding habits and human-elephant conflict”. West Bengal Forest Department.
Thesis:
Kumara, H.N. (2005). An Ecological Assessment of Mammals in Non-sanctuary Areas of Karnataka. PhD Thesis, University of Mysore, Mysore, India.
Research Publications:
  1. Singh, M., Singh, M., Kumar, M.A., Kumara, H.N. and D`Souza, L. (1997). Distribution and research potential of non-human primates in the Aliyar-Valparai sector of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu, India. Tropical Biodiversity 4: 197-208.
  2. Singh, M., Singh, M., Kumara, H.N., Kumar, M.A. and D`Souza, L. (1997). Inter-and intra-specific associations of non-human primates in Anaimalai hills, south India. Mammalia 61: 17-28.
  3. Singh, M., Singh, M., Kumar, M.A., Kumara, H.N., D`Souza, L. and Sharma, A.K. (1998). Behaviour of lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) in vulnerable and relatively secure habitats in the rain forests of Western Ghats. Tigerpaper 25: 19-25.
  4. Singh, M., Lindburg, D.G., Udhayan, A., Kumar, M.A. and Kumara, H.N. (1999). Status survey of slender loris Loris tardigradus lydekkerianus in Dindigal, Tamil Nadu, India. Oryx 33: 31-37.
  5. Kumara, H.N., Sharma, A.K., Kumar, M.A. and Singh, M. (2000). Road kills of wildlife in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and its implications for management. Biosphere Conservation 3: 41-47.
  6. Singh, M., Kumar, M.A., Kumara, H.N. and Mohnot, S.M. (2000). Distribution and conservation of slender loris (Loris tardigradus lydekkerianus) in southern Andhra Pradesh, south India. International Journal of Primatology 21: 721-730.
  7. Singh, M., Kumara, H.N., Kumar, M.A., Sharma, A.K. and Defalco, K. (2000). Status and conservation of lion-tailed macaque and other arboreal mammals in tropical rainforests of Sringeri Forest Range, Western Ghats, Karnataka, India. Primate Report 58: 5-16.
  8. Kumara, H.N., Singh, M., Sharma, A.K., Singh, M. and Kumar, M.A. (2000). Faunal component in the diet of lion-tailed macaque. Primate Report 58: 57-65.
  9. Singh, M., Singh, M., Kumar, M.A., Kumara, H.N., Sharma, A.K. and Sushma, H.S. (2000). Niche separation in sympatric lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) and Nilgiri langur (Presbytes johnii) in an Indian tropical rainforest. Primate Report 58: 83-95.
  10. Kumar, M.A., Singh, M., Kumara, H.N., Sharma, A.K. and Bertsch, C. (2001). Male migration in lion-tailed macaques. Primate Report 59: 5-17.
  11. Singh, M., Kumara, H.N., Kumar, M.A. and Sharma, A.K. (2001). Behavioral responses of lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) to a changing habitat in a rain forest fragment in Western Ghats, India. Folia Primatologica 72: 278-291.
  12. Kumara, H.N. and Chaitra, M.S. (2001). Uropeltid snakes and their predators. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 98: 288-289.
  13. Kumar, M.A., Singh, M., Srivastava, S.K., Udhayan, A., Kumara, H.N. and Sharma, A.K. (2002). Distribution patterns, relative abundance and management of mammals in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 99: 184-210.
  14. Singh, M., Singh, M., Kumar, M. A., Kumara, H.N., Sharma, A.K. and Kaumanns, W. (2002). Distribution, population structure and conservation of lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) in Anaimalai hills, Western Ghats, India. American Journal of Primatology 57: 91-102.
  15. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2004). The influence of differing hunting practices on the relative abundance of mammals in two rainforest areas of the Western Ghats, India. Oryx 38: 321-327.
  16. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2004). Distribution and abundance of primates in rainforests of the Western Ghats, Karnataka, India and the conservation of Macaca silenus. International Journal of Primatology 25: 1001-1018.
  17. Kumara, H.N., Sharma, A.K., Kumar, M.A., Sushma, H.S., Singh, M. and Singh, M. (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 87: 1282-1287.
  18. Kumara, H.N., Kumar, S. and Singh, M. (2005). A novel foraging technique observed in slender loris (Loris lydekkerianus malabaricus) feeding on red ants. Folia Primatologica 76: 116-118.
  19. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2005). New site record of small Travancore flying squirrel (Petinomys fuscocapillus fuscocapillus) from Karnataka. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 102: 97-98.
  20. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2005). Disappearance of elephants in Uttara Kannada. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 102:337.
  21. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2005). Occurrence of the rusty-spotted cat (Felis rubiginosa) in Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 102:336-337.
  22. Singh, M., Kumara, H.N., Kumar,A., Singh, M. and Cooper, M. (2006). Male influx, infanticide and female transfer in dark bellied bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata radiata). International Journal of Primatology, 27:515-528.
  23. Singh, M. and Kumara, H.N. (2006). Distribution, status and conservation of Indian gray wolf Canis lupus pallipes in Karnataka, India. Journal of Zoology, 270:164-169.
  24. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2006). Distribution and relative abundance of giant squirrels and flying squirrels in Karnataka, India. Mammalia, 40-47.
  25. Sharma, A.K., Singh, M., Kaumanns, W., Krebs, E., Singh, M., Kumar, M.A. and Kumara, H.N. (2006). Birth peaks in lion-tailed macaques (Macaca silenus) in tropical rainforests: A female reproductive strategy to minimize post-weaning infant mortality. International Journal of Primatology, 27:1429-1439.
  26. Kumara, H.N., Singh, M. and Kumar, S. (2006). Distribution, habitat correlates and conservation of slender loris Loris lydekkerianus in Karnataka, India. International Journal of Primatology, 27:941-969.
  27. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2006). Ceylon Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger) in rainforests of the Western Ghats, Karnataka. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 103:100-101.
  28. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2007). Small carnivores of Karnataka: Distribution and sight records. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 104:155-162.
  29. Kumara, H.N. and Raj, V.M. (2007). The Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps: are they disappearing in Karnataka? Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 104:211-212.
  30. Kumar, S., Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2008). Observations on tool use in captive lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus). Current Science, 94: 925-928.
  31. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, V.R. (2008). Status of lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) population in Kudremukh forest complex, Karnataka, India. International Journal of Primatology, 29:773-781.
  32. Kumara, H.N., Irfan-Ullah, M. and Kumar, S. (2009). Mapping potential distribution of slender loris subspecies in peninsular India. Endangered Species Research, 7:29-38.
  33. Kumara, H. and Sinha, A. (2009). Decline of the endangered lion-tailed macaque in the Western Ghats, India. Oryx, 43:292-298.
  34. Kumara, H.N., Kumar, S. and Singh, M. (2010). Of how much concern are the ‘least concern’ species? Distribution and conservation status of bonnet macaques, rhesus macaques and Hanuman langurs in Karnataka, India. Primates, 51: 37-42.
  35. Kumara, H.N., Singh, M., Kumar, S. and Sinha, A. (2010). Distribution, abundance, group size and demography of dark-bellied bonnet macaque Macaca radiata radiata in Karnataka, South India. Current Science, 99: 663-667.
  36. Radhakrishna, S. and Kumara, H.N. (2010). Behavioural variation in the Mysore slender loris Loris lydekkerianus lydekkerianus. Current Science, 99: 1226-1232.
  37. Kumara, H.N., Sasi, R., Suganthasakthivel, R. and Srinivas, G. (2011). Distribution, abundance and conservation of primates in Highwavy Mountains of Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Current Science, 100: 1063-1067.
  38. Radhakrishna, S., Kumara, H.N. and Sasi, R. (2011). Distribution patterns of slender loris Loris lydekkerianus subspecies in Kerala, southern India. International Journal of Primatology, 32:1007-1019.
  39. Kumara, H.N. and Suganthasakthivel, R. (2011). Predicting the potential distribution and conservation needs of Travancore flying squirrelPetinomys fuscocapillus in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka, using GARP. Tropical Conservation Science, 4(2): 172-186.
  40. Das, S., Dutta, S., Mangalam, M., Varma, R.K., Rath, S., Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2011). Prioritizing remnant forests for the conservation of Mysore slender lorises (Loris lydekkerianus lydekkerianus) in Karnataka, India through estimation of population density. International Journal of Primatology, 32:1153-1160.
  41. Kumara, H.N., Pritham, N.S., Santhosh, K., Raj, V.V.M. and Sinha, A. (2011). Decline of suitable habitats and conservation of the endangered lion-tailed macaque: Land cover change at a proposed protected area in Sirsi-Honnavara, Western Ghats, India. Current Science, 101: 434-439.
  42. Kumara, H.N., Rathnakumar, S., Kumar, M.A. and Singh, M. (2012). Estimating Asian elephant Elephas maximus density through distance sampling in the tropical forests of Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve, India. Tropical Conservation Science, 5: 163-172.
  43. Kumara, H.N., Rathnakumar, S., Sasi, R. and Singh, M. (2012). Conservation status of wild mammals in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wild life Sanctuary, the Western Ghats, India. Current Science, 103: 933-940.
  44. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2012). Distribution, den characteristics and diet of the Indian Fox Vulpes bengalensis (Mammalia: Canidae) in Karnataka, India: preliminary observations. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 4: 3349–3354.
  45. Kumara, H.N. and Radhakrishna, S. (2013). Evaluation of census techniques to estimate the density of slender loris (Loris lydekkerianus) in southern India. Current Science, 104: 1083-1086.
  46. Babu, S., Srinivas, G., Kumara, H.N., Tamilarasu, K. and Molur, S. (2013). Mammals of the Meghamalai landscape, southern Western Ghats, India – a review. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5:4945-4952.
  47. Sapthagirish M.K. and Kumara H.N. (2013). Record of the great white pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus in Mysore, Karnataka, India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 110:154.
  48. Santhosh, K., Raj V.M. and Kumara, H.N. (2013). Conservation Prospects for the Lion-tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus) in the Forests of Sirsi-Honnavara, Western Ghats, India. Primate Conservation 27:125-131.
  49. Kumara, H.N., Sasi, R., Suganthasakthivel, R., Singh, M., Sushma, H.S., Ramachandran, K.K. and Kaumanns, W. (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. DOI 10.1007/s10764-014-9776-2.
  50. Kumara, H., Singh, M., Sharma, A.K., Santhosh, K. and Pal, A. (2014). Impact of forest fragment size on between-group encounters in lion-tailed macaques. Primates, 55:543-548. DOI 10.1007/s10329-014-0437-z.
  51. Kumara, H., Thorat, O., Santhosh, K., Sasi, R. and Ashwin, H.P. (2014). Small carnivores of Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve, Karnataka, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 6: 6534-6543.
  52. Das, S., Dutta,S., Sen, S., Jijumon A. S., Babu, S., Kumara, H. and Singh, M. (2014). Identifying regions for conservation of sloth bears through occupancy modelling in north-eastern Karnataka, India. Ursus, 25:111-120.
  53. Sushma, H.S., Mann, R, Kumara, H.N. and Udhayan, A. (2014). Population Status of the Endangered Lion-tailed Macaque Macaca silenus in Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Western Ghats, India. Primate Conservation, 28:171-178.
  54. Sasi, R. and Kumara, H.N. (2014). Distribution and Relative Abundance of the Slender Loris Loris lydekkerianus in Southern Kerala, India. Primate Conservation, 28: 165-170.
  55. Bapureddy, G., Santhosh, K., Jayakumar, S. and Kumara, H.N. (2015). Estimate of primate density using distance sampling in the evergreen forests of the central Western Ghats, India. Current Science, 108: 118-123.
  56. Santhosh, K., Kumara, H., Velankar, A.D., and Sinha, A. (2015). Ranging behavior and resource use by lion-tailed macaques (Macaca silenus) in selectively logged forests. International Journal of Primatology 36: 288-310.
  57. Madhusudan, M.D., Sharma, N., Raghunath, R., Baskaran, N., Bipin, C.M., Gubbi, S., Johnsingh, A.J.T., Kulkarni, J., Kumara, H.N., Mehta, P., Pillay, R. and Sukumar, R. (2015). Distribution, relative abundance, and conservation status of Asian elephants in Karnataka, southern India. Biological Conservation, 187: 34-40.
  58. Babu, S., Karthik, T., Srinivas, G. and Kumara, H.N. (2015). Linking critical patches of sloth bear Melursus ursinus for their conservation in Meghamalai hills, Western Ghats, India. Current Science, 109: 1492-1498.
  59. Erinjery, J.J., Kumara, H.N., T. S. Kavana, T.S. and Singh, M. (2015). Are interspecic associations of primates in the Western Ghats a matter of chance? A case study of the lion-tailed macaque. Journal of Tropical Ecology, DOI: 10.1017/S0266467415000528.
  60. Ram, M.S., Marne, M., Gaur, A., Kumara, H.N., Singh, M., Kumar, A. and Umapathy, G.U. (2015) Pre-Historic and recent vicariance events shape genetic structure and diversity in endangered lion-tailed macaque in the Western Ghats: implications for conservation. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0142597. DOI:10.1371/journal. 0142597.
  61. Sapthagirish, M.K. Kaur, S. and Kumara, H.N. (2015). Avifauna of Kukkarahalli tank: Decline of species due to impact of restoration work. Indian Birds, 10: 141-146.
  62. Babu, S., Kumara, H.N. and Jayson, E.A. (2015). Distribution, abundance, and habitat signature of the Indian Giant Flying Squirrel Petaurista philippensis (Elliot 1839) in the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 112:65-71.
  63. Velankar, A. D., Kumara, H. N., Pal, A., Mishra, P. S. and Singh, M. (2016). Population recovery of Nicobar long-tailed macaque Macaca fascicularis umbrosus following a tsunami in the Nicobar Islands, India. PLoS ONE, 11, 2, e0148205, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0148205.
  64. Singh, A., Mukherjee, A., Dookia, S. and Kumara, H.N. (2016). High resource availability and lack of competition have increased population of a Meso-carnivore- A case study of Golden Jackal in Keoladeo National Park, India. Mammal Research, 61: 209-219. (DOI 10.1007/s13364-016-0267-z).
  65. Singh, M., Kumara, H.N., Kavana, T.S., Erinjery, J.J. and Kumar, S. (2016). Demography and reproductive output in langurs of the Western Ghats, India. Primates, 57: 501-508.
  66. Kumara, H.N., Sasi, R., Chandran, S. and Radhakrishna, S. (2016). Distribution of the Grey Slender Loris (Loris lyddekerianus Cabrera, 1908) in Tamil Nadu, Southern India.Folia Primatologica, 87(5): 291-302.
  67. Mukherjee, A., Pilakandy, R., Kumara, H.N., Manchi, S.S. and Bhupathy, S. (2017). Burrow characteristics and its importance in occupancy of burrow dwelling vertebrates in semiarid area of Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, India. Journal of Arid Environments, 141: 7-15.

Edited Books:

  1. Bhupathy, S., Prusty, B.A.K., Kumara, H.N., Jayraj, R.S.C., Quadros, G. and Pramod, P. (Eds.) (2011). Status of Indian birds and their conservation. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Indian Ornithology, 19-23 November 2011. Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore, India. 301
  2. Jayapal, R., Babu, S., Quadros, G., Arun, P.R., Pramod, P., Kumara, H.N. and Azeez, P.A. (Eds.)(2013). Ecosystem Services and Functions of Birds. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Indian Ornithology, 19-23 November 2013. Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore, India. 232 pp.
Book/Web Chapters:
  1. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (2011). Distribution, status and conservation of primates of the Western Ghats. Commissioned papers|Western Ghats, http://www.westernghatsindia.org.
  2. Tejaswi, K.P.P, Kumara, H.N. and Kumar, S. (2013). Gaadli. In The Macaque Connection: Cooperation and Conflict between Humans and Macaques (eds. Radhakrishna, S., Huffman, M.A. and Sinha, A). Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects 43, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-3967-7-8, © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013. Pp. 127-133.
  3. Kumara, H.N., Singh, M., Irfan-Ullah, M. and Kumar, S. (2013). Status, distribution and conservation of slender lorises in India. In Leaping Ahead (eds. Masters, J., Gamba, M. and Genin, F). Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects 43, 1007/978-1-4614-4511-1_38. © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013. Pp. 343-352.
Other Publications (Popular Articles):
  1. Kumara, H.N. (2011). Declaration of “Aghanashini Lion-tailed Macaque Conservation Reserve”. Zoo’s Print, 26 (7): 5.
  2. Mukherjee, A and Kumara H.N. (2015).Strolling through the trails of a spectacular wetland. In Ghana Bird Fair 2015, Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur. Pp. 26-28.
  3. Kumara H.N. (2016). Mammals of Western Ghats of Karnataka. Koodu Nature Magazine (Malayalam), 4(5):52-55.
Technical Reports:
  1. Singh, M., Udhayan, A., Singh, M., D ’Souza, L., Kumar, M.A., Kumara, H.N. and Salahuddin, M. (1997). Status survey of slender loris (Loris tardigradus lydekkerianus) in Dindigal, Tamil Nadu, India. Mimeographed. Zoological Society of San Diego, USA.
  2. Singh, M., Singh, M., Kumar, M.A., Kumara, H.N., Sushma, H.S., Sharma, A.K., Thejasvi, N.M., D ’Souza, L. and Bertsch, C. (1999). Studies on the ecology, adaptation and evolution of sociality in non-human primates of south India. Mimeographed. University of Mysore. Report submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
  3. Singh, M. and Kumara, H.N. (2005). Ecology, status and conservation of lesser-known mammals in neglected habitats. Mimeographed. University of Mysore. Report submitted to the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
  4. Kumara, H.N. (2007). Impact of Local Hunting on Abundance of Large Mammals in Three Protected Areas of the Western Ghats, Karnataka. Final Technical Report, submitted to Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation, UK.
  5. Kumara, H.N., Varma, A.K., Subhashchandra, N.S., Naik, V.B., Kumar, M.M. and Somashekar, B. (2007). Estimation of Indian gray wolf (Canis lupus pallipes) population in selected regions of Karnataka and its conservation strategy. Final Technical Report, submitted to Karnataka Forest Department (Wildlife), Bangalore, India.
  6. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, V.R. (2007). Estimation of lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus population in Kudremukh forest division, Karnataka. Technical Report, Kudremukh Wildlife Division, Karkala, India.
  7. Kumara, H.N. (2008). Population density assessment of the slender loris (Loris lydekkerianus): A pilot study. Technical report, submitted to American Society of Primatologists, USA.
  8. Kumara, H.N., Raj, V.M. and Santhosh, K. (2008). Assessment of the important wildlife habitat in Sirsi-Honnavara forest divisions, Karnataka: with special emphasis on estimation of lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus population. Technical Report 1, submitted to Karnataka Forest Department, Sirsi, India.
  9. Kumara, H.N., Sasi, R. Reddy, S.R. and Rajkumar, C.P. (2009). Status of lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus in the forests of Theni Forest Division, Tamil Nadu. Technical Report, submitted to Theni Forest Division, Theni, Tamil Nadu, India.
  10. Kumara, H.N. and Rathnakumar, S. (2010). Distribution and abundance of large mammals in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary. Technical report submitted to Karnataka Forest Department, Chamarajnagara Wildlife Division, Chamarajnagara, Karnataka, India. (PR-95)
  11. Kumara, H.N., Sapthagirish, M.K., Sadananda, K.B. and Shivaprakash, A. (2010). Preparation of biodiversity conservation plan for Mysore Forest Division. Technical report submitted to Karnataka Forest Department, Mysore Forest Division, Mysore, Karnataka, India. (PR-96)
  12. Ashwin H. P., Girish M. K. S., Panwar S. and Kumara H. N. (2010). Preliminary survey on Chiropterans in Dandeli and Anashi Tiger Reserve. A survey report, submitted to Karnataka Forest Department, Dandeli Wildlife Division, Dandeli, India. (PR)
  13. Kumara, H.N., Sapthagirish, M.K. and Murugesan, M. (2011). Assessment of occurrence and abundance of large mammals, birds and woody plants in Bannerghatta National Park, Karnataka. Technical Report submitted to Karnataka Forest Department, Bannerghatta National Park, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. (PR- 99)
  14. Netalkar, P.S. and Kumara, H.N. (2012). Primates of Kudremukh Wildlife Division: Special emphasis on current status of lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus. Technical report submitted to Karnataka Forest department, Kudremukh, Karnataka. India. (PR- 113)
  15. Kumara, H.N., Manchi, S.S., Ashwin, H.P., Pethe, H. and Mane, A. (2012). Estimation of abundance of feral elephants in Interview Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. Technical Report submitted to the Forest Department, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair. (PR- 107)
  16. Kumara, H.N., Thorat, O., Santhosh, K, Sasi, R. and Ashwin, H.P. (2013). An assessment of status of small carnivore species and feeding ecology of large carnivores in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary. Technical Report submitted to Karnataka Forest Department, Chamarajnagar-Wildlife Division. SACON, Coimbatore, India. (PR- 115)
  17. Kumara, H.N. and Santhosh, K. (2013). Development of conservation strategy for a newly discovered lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus population in Sirsi-Honnavara, Western Ghats: II. Understanding the impact of NTFP collection on lion-tailed macaques. Technical Report submitted to CEPF-ATREE Small Grants. SACON, Coimbatore. (PR- 116)
  18. Srinivas, G., Babu, S., Kumara, H.N and Molur, S. (2013). Assessing the status and distribution of large mammals in Highwavy and its environs, Southern Western Ghats, Technical Report submitted to CEPF-ATREE Small Grants and Rufford Small Grants. Coimbatore, India. (PR- 114)
  19. Singh, M., Sasi, R., Kumara, H.N. and Kaumanns, W. (2013). Status of primates in the wet forests of Parambikulam landscape, Kerala, India with special reference to the lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus. Technical Report, University of Mysore and Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, India. (PR- 117)
  20. Kumara, H.N. and Sasi, R. (2014). Distribution Pattern of Slender Loris in Parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, India. SACON Technical Report-125, submitted to Primate Conservation Inc., USA. SACON, Coimbatore, India. (PR-125)
  21. Kumara, H.N. and Santhosh, K. (2014). Evaluating the status of NTFP trees and development of a model for sustainable harvest of Garcinia gummi-gutta in Aghanashini Lion-tailed Macaque Conservation Reserve, Western Ghats, India. SACON Technical Report-130, submitted to Rufford Small Grants, SACON, Coimbatore.
  22. Singh, M., Kumara, H.N. and Velankar A.D. (2016). Population status of rhesus macaque (Macaca mullata) in Himachal Pradesh, India. Technical Report (PR-150), Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, India.
  23. Kumara, H.N., Singh, M., Mukherjee, S., Mishra, P.S., Velankar, A.D., Pal, A., and Vinoth, S.  (2016). Social organization, behavior and phylogeography of Macaca fascicularis umbrosa on the Nicobar Islands, India. SACON Technical Report -PR-151. Submitted to SERB-DST, Govt. of India. SACON, Coimbatore, India.
Presentations/Talks:
  1. Kumara, H.N., Singh, M. and Srivastav, S.K. (1999). Animal component in the diet of lion-tailed macaque. Fifth International Symposium on Lion-tailed Macaque, University of Mysore, India, January 1999.
  2. Kumara, H.N., Singh, M. and Lindburg, D.G. (1999). Male migration in lion-tailed macaque: a case study. Fifth International Symposium on Lion-tailed Macaque, University of Mysore, India, January 1999.
  3. Kumara, H.N. and Singh, M. (1999). Conservation of lion-tailed macaques in Karnataka: significance of male migration in the management of liontails. International Primate Core Group Meeting, JNV University, Jodhpur, India, October 1999.
  4. Kumara, H.N. (2006). Distribution and Conservation status of primates in Karnataka, India. In XXIst IPS Congress (June 25-30), Entebbe, Uganda.
  5. Kumara, H.N. (2006). Bush meat crisis in India. In Round table on ‘bush meat crisis’ in XXIst IPS Congress (June 25-30), Entebbe, Uganda.
  6. Kumara, H.N., Singh, M., Irfan-Ullah, M. and Kumar, S. (2007). Distribution and conservation status of slender loris in Karnataka, India. In Prosimians 2007 (July 15-19), Ithala Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
  7. Kumara, H.N., Raj, V.M. and Santhosh, K. (2008). Conservation strategy for the recently identified largest   population of lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) in Western Ghats, Karnataka. In consultation meeting “Building framework for assessing carrying capacity of Uttara Kannada district keeping sustainable development perspective in mind” (September 13, 2008), Sirsi.
  8. Kumara, H.N. (2009). Ignored Mammals in Ignored Forests: Conservation status of mammals in the rain forests of Western Ghats. In “National consultative workshop on holistic strategies for conservation of biological diversity and livelihood”, (22-23 May, 2009), Sirsi.
  9. Kumara, H.N. (2010). Conservation status of mammals in the rainforests of Western Ghats. In Scientists meet cum conservation workshop on “Linking research inputs with the conservation programmes of the government in Western Ghats in Karnataka: Challenges and Opportunities”, (28-29 January 2010), Bengaluru.
  10. Radhakrishna, S., Kumara, H.N. and Sinha, A. (2010). ‘Distribution and Conservation status of slender loris in India’. Paper presented at the23rd Congress of the International Primatological Society (September 2010), Kyoto, Japan.
  11. Radhakrishna, S., Kumara, H.N. and Sinha, A. (2010). ‘Living in human-dominated landscapes: Boon or bane for the slender loris?’ Abstract in .Quest for Coexistence with Non-human Primates. Proceedings of the ASIAN-HOPE 2010, IPS Pre-Congress Symposium and Workshop, Inuyama, September 2010, p. 27.
  12. Kumara, H.N. (2015). Wildlife Monitoring and Population Census Protocols. Talk delivered in workshop on “Wildlife Management” for SFS officers at CASFOS, Coimbatore, on 07 July 2015.
  13. Kumara, H.N. (2015). Ecological Census Techniques. Talk delivered in “General Refresher Course” for SFS officers and Senior Forest Range Officers at CASFOS, Coimbatore, and on14 December 2015.
  14. Santhosh, K., and Kumara H.N. (2015). “Practicing Science in Conservation: The lion-tales of Kanara” at 16th Student Conference on Conservation Science in University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. 24-26 March 2015.
  15. Kumara, H.N. (2016). Behavioural Ecology and Conservation Issues of Indian Primates. Plenary talk at YETI-2016 on18 January 2016. YETI (Young Ecologists Talk and Interact) was held in Amity University, 17-20 January 2016, Delhi.
  16. Santhosh, K. and Kumara, H.N. (2016). How much of a specialist is a specialist? Feeding ecology of lion-tailed macaques in a logged forest complex. I-BEE Conference (10th -12th March 2016) at Corbett, Uttarakhand. P. 14.
  17. Pal, A., Velankar, A.D., Mishra, P.S. and Kumara, H.N. (2016). Male takeover in Nicobar long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis umbrosus): Consequences on habitat use and reproductive behaviour. I-BEE Conference (10th -12th March 2016) at Corbett, Uttarakhand. P. 29.
  18.  Mishra, P.S., Pal, A., Kumara, H.N. and Velankar, A.D. (2016).Influence of hierarchy in female society: A study in Nicobar long-tailed macaques. I-BEE Conference (10th -12th March 2016) at Corbett, Uttarakhand. P. 32.
  19. Kumara, H.N. (2016) “Ecology of Long-tailed macaque in Nicobar Islands” at SACON Silver Jubilee Workshop on Ecology and Conservation of Andaman & Nicobar Biodiversity at Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands on 24th November 2016.
  20. Kumara, H.N. (2016) “Mammals of Western Ghats” at Jaycee Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Vadavalli Road, Edayarpalayam, Coimbatore on 5th October 2016.
Extension:
  • June-July 2005: Aided the Karnataka Forest Department, Bidar Division to prepare a proposal to develop a wildlife safari park in Bidar, Karnataka, South India.
  • Dec 2006: Conducted the five day work shop on field technique to assess the lion-tailed macaque population, for the field staff of the Kudremukh National Park, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka.
  • Jan 2009: Conducted one day workshop to conduct the census on lion-tailed macaque in Theni forest division, Tamil Nadu, and also organized the census program for the division for five days.
  • April 2011, January 2012, Janury2015: Conducted series of workshops for forest department personnel and naturalists to survey the primates in Western Ghats, for Karkala Wildlife Division.
  • 15-16 Nov 2013 Conducted a workshop for RSG grantees, at NCBS auditorium
  • June 2015: Conducted six workshops for forest department personnel in Himachal Pradesh to assess the population of primates.
  • May 2016: Conducted workshop for forest department personnel and volunteers to survey the primates in the forests of Sirsi-Honnavara, Western Ghats.

Institutional Affiliation and Membership to Professional and Advisory bodies:

  1. 2010-2011: Adjunct Fellow, ATREE, Bangalore.
  2. 2011- till date: Adjunct Faculty, NIAS, Bangalore.
  3. 2003- till date: Member for IUCN-Primate Specialist group.
  4. 2000- till date: Member for American Society of Primatologist, USA.
  5. 2000- till date: Member for International Society of Primatologist, USA.
  6. 2010-2013: Member of the Review Panel for CEPF-ATREE Western Ghats Grants Program.

Others:

  1. 2006: Award to attend the Workshop and Conference “XXIst IPS Congress” in Uganda from International Primatological Society, USA.
  2. 2007: Award to attend the Conference “Prosimians 2007” in South Africa, from Wenner-Gren Foundation, New York, USA.
  3. 2015: Involved in assessing the south-east Asian primate species for IUCN Redlist, Singapore.
  4. 2016: Inducted as member of hi-power committee to suggest government to address human animal conflict, Himachal Pradesh.
  5. Reviewer for: Current Science, Journal of Threatened Taxa, International Journal of Primatology, PLoS One, African Journal of Ecology, Folia Primatologica, Zootaxa, Small Carnivore Conservation, Mammal Review, Folia Zoologica, The Journal of Parasitology, American Journal of Primatology, Mammal Study and Endangered Species Research