Dr.Arunobtained hisMasters degree in Zoology with specialization in Entomology from the University of Calicut, Kerala, and was among the first batch of research scholarsjoind SACON in 1993. He was awarded Ph.D. from Bharathiar University of Coimbatore for his work on “Seasonality and abundance of insects with special reference to butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) in the Moist deciduous forests of Siruvani, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in 2000.His research interests are in objective interdisciplinary Ecological research,especially on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Environmental Jurisprudence and Ecological Entomology. He has a special interest in ecology of Butterflies. He is also keen on developing sustainable livelihood options and applied aspects of Entomology including Apiculture and Butterfly parks.
He joined SACON as a faculty member in 2010, and has been involved in several Environmental Assessment projects since then. He is also a member of expert committees of Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India (Expert Committee/Task Force to evaluate R&D Proposals to study the Possible impact of EMF Radiation Exposure from Mobile Towers and Handsets on Life (Humans, Living Organism, Flora & Fauna & Environment) and Related R&D initiatives) and Himachal Pradesh Govt. (Interdisciplinary committee to advice the State Government on the issues relating to Hydel Power Projects in the State.).He is also a recognized research Guide/ Supervisor in Zoology and Environmental Sciences at Bharatiar University since 2011. Earlier, he has also worked with Environmental Justice Initiative of Socio-Legal Information Centre (SLIC) Mumbai, Gujarat Institute of desert Ecology (GIODE) Kutchch and the Green Alternatives, Mumbai.
Dr Arun has 100 scientific publications to his credit, including 22 peer reviewed papersin Scientific journals, 38 scientific technical reports, 16 conference papers and 15 popular articles (Updated till March 2016).
- B.Sc., University of Calicut, Kerala, 1991 (First Class).
- M.Sc., University of Calicut, Kerala, 1993 (First Class).
- Ph.D., Bharathiar University, Coimbatore Tamilnadu, 2000
- Has got over 25 years of research experience in environmental and ecological research. Has handled a number of research and consultancy projects related to environment during this period.
AREA OF SPECIALIZATION
His specialization is in Environmental impact assessments. Research interests are broadly in objective interdisciplinary Ecological research, especially on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Environmental Jurisprudence and Ecological Entomology. He also has a special interest in ecology of Butterflies. He is also keen on developing sustainable livelihood options and applied aspects of Entomology including Apiculture and Butterfly parks.
Name : Arun, P. R.
Father’s Name : Ramachandran, P. V.
Date of Birth : 30th May 1971
Sex : Male
Nationality : Indian
Present post held : Principal Scientist, EIA Division, SACON
Pay Scale : 37,400 – 67,000 + 8700 PB4
Address for Correspondence : Dr. Arun PR
Principal Scientist & Head,
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Division,
Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore.
Anaikatty P.O. Coimbatore Tamil Nadu – 641 108 India
|Examination passed||Year & Month
|Board/ University||% of marks
|S S L C||1986 March||Board of Public Examinations, Kerala||77.3 %
|Pre Degree||1988 June||University of Calicut||63.1 %
|B.Sc Zoology||1991 July||University of Calicut||73.2 %
with specialization in Entomology
|1993 Sept.||University of Calicut||64.6 %
|Seasonality and abundance of Insects with special reference to Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocer) in a Moist Deciduous forest of Siruvani, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, South India|
|Awarded on:||18 January 2001|
|Position held &details||Nature/ details of work|
(12th Oct 2010 – till date).
At EIA Division, SACON, Coimbatore
|§ Heading the Division of Environmental Impact Assessment.
§ Envisage plan and conduct research and Environmental/ Ecological Impact Assessment studies.
§ Heading the Dept. of Zoology (for Bharathiar University, Research centre, at SACON).
|Environmental Consultant& Hon. Director
(June 2006 – Sep 2010
(Green Alternatives, Mumbai)
|§ Studied Jaigad creek and environs to evaluate its ecological sensitivity including the status of butterfly population of the area (Report under preparation)
§ Compiled the butterfly fauna of Vikhroli area including Mangroves for Godrej.
§ Studied the coastal village of Jaigad (Ratnagiri, Maharashtra) and its environs to evaluate the area’s ecological sensitivity of this coastal area and its management (2006-08)
§ Environmental lecture series delivered for college and school students, Guided nature tails and butterfly & bird watching trips.
October 2004 – June 2006 (Environmental Justice Initiative, Socio Legal Information Centre, Mumbai)
|§ Experience in various Environmental laws and regulations of the country
§ Conducting Peoples tribunals on Environmental issues.
|Senior Research Fellow
1998 – 2004
(Environmental Impact Assessment Division, SACON, Coimbatore)
|§ Performed Environmental Impact Assessments for various Developmental projects
§ Recorded butterfly populations from various parts of the country as part of EIA studies
§ Evaluated the reasons behind the population decline of White-backed Valtures across Asia and published a paper on the same.
§ Studied the causes for declining yield from Chicku (Sapota) Orchards of Dahanu, Maharashtra and produced a report on the same on behalf of SACON.
April- May 1998 (Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, Bhuj, Gujarat)
|§ Short term study on the ecology of Narayan Sarovar sanctuary, Kutchch.|
|Senior Research Fellow
Dec 1993 – Apr 1997 (Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON) Coimbatore)
|§ Breeding strategies of Birds in a Natural Moist deciduous forest
§ Doctoral research on seasonality and abundance of Insects with special reference to butterflies
Ph.D GUIDESHIP/ EXAMINER
- Recognized Ph.D guide by the Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.
- Recognized Ph.D examiner by Kannur University, Kerala.
Ph.D. SCHOLARSREGISTERED UNDER MY GUIDANCE
- Ramesh kumar: Environmental Impacts of Wind power generation with special reference to birds in Kutch District, Gujarat.
- Shanthakumar : Impact of developmental activities on bird communities along Sutlej river basin, Himachal Pradesh.
- Samsoor: Waterbird Assemblage of Human-Made Wetlands in BhachauTaluk, Kutch District, Gujarat, India
- Anoop V: Impacts of Wind power generation on select faunal components of a dry deciduous forest at Harpanahalli, Davangere
STUDENT PROJECTS SUPERVISION
Arun Shankar AG. 2012. “Socio–Ecological Assessment and Sustainable Management of an Urban Wetland Ecosystem: A Case Study of Ukkadam Big Tank, Coimbatore.” MBA thesis,Bharathidasan University,Trichy.
Larissa Ikeda Piedade. 2012. “The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Process: A Comparison between Brazil India.” Coimbatore: SACON.Report of the project work done by
Ms. Larissa Ikeda Piedade (State University “Júlio de MesquitaFilho” (UNESP), Rio Claro/SP, Brazil)(IAESTE Internship student No. IN-2012-5003-KU)
OrapimChanaprat. 2012. “Radiation Levels from Cell-Phone Towers and Bird Assemblages at Select Urban Lakes of Coimbatore.” Coimbatore: SACON. Report of the project work done by Ms.OrapimChanaprat, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. (IAESTE Internship student No. IN-2012-5001-KU)
In Peer Reviewed Journals (National & International)
Shantha Kumar, S.B., Samsoor Ali, A.M. & Arun, P.R., 2016. Status of Greater Spotted Eagle Clangaclanga in Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry, India.Indian Birds, 11(3).
Murugesan, M. et al., 2015.A new species of Sonerilla (Melastomataceae) from the Western Ghats of Kerala, India.Scientific Transactions in Environment and Technovation, 8(3), pp.122–124.
Ramesh, C. et al., 2015. Further confirmation for Platycepsrhodorachis (JAN, 1865), from India, with a note on feeding on Cyrtodactylusfasciolatus (BlyTH, 1861).Herpetozoa, 28(1/2), pp.109–112.
Murugesan, M. et al., 2013.Avifauna of the Oussudu Lake and Its Environs, Puducherry, India and Conservation Concerns.Bird Populations, 12, pp.19–29.
Ramesh Kumar, S., Samsoor Ali, A.M. & Arun, P.R., 2013. Bat mortality due to collision with wind turbines in Kutch District, Gujarat, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5(13), pp.4822–4824.
Samsoor Ali, A.M., Shanthakumar, S.B., et al., 2013. Birds of the Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History Campus, Anaikatty Hills, southern India.Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5(17), pp.5288–5298.
Samsoor Ali, A.M., Ramesh Kumar, S., et al., 2013. Sighting of a bald Common MynaAcridotherestristis at JambuKandi, Anaikatty, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. BirdingAsia, 19, pp.10–11.
Samsoor Ali, A M, Ramesh Kumar S & Arun, P.R., 2013a. Black Ibis Pseudibispapillosa nesting on power transmission line pylons, Gujarat, India.BirdingAsia, 19, pp.104–106.
Samsoor Ali, A M, Ramesh Kumar S & Arun, P.R., 2013b. House Crow Corvussplendens, nesting on pylons, Kutch district, Gujarat, India. Forktail, 29, pp.148–150.
Samsoor Ali, A M, Ramesh Kumar S & Arun, P.R., 2013c. Waterbird assemblage in rural village ponds of Samakhiali and Jangi regions, Kutch district, Gujarat, India.Bird Populations, 12, pp.12–18.
Murugesan, M., Arun, P.R. &Prusty, B.A.K., 2013. The butterfly community of an urban wetland system-a case study of Oussudu Bird Sanctuary, Puducherry, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5(12), pp.4672–4678.
Arun, P.R. & Maya, M., 2012. Ecological costs and benefits of Teak defoliator moth (Hyblaeapuera) outbreaks in the Mangrove ecosystem of Mumbai. Marine Science, 2(5), pp.48–51.
Ramesh Kumar S, Samsoor Ali, A M & Arun, P.R., 2012. Impact of wind turbines on birds: a case study from Gujarat, India. Scientific Journal of Environmental Sciences, 1(1), pp.9–20.
Samsoor Ali, A M, Kumar, S.R., et al., 2012. Preliminary survey of avifauna around wind farm of Jangi region, Kutch District, Gujarat, India.Scientific Journal of Zoology, 1(1), pp.01–10.
Samsoor Ali, A M, Ramesh Kumar S, et al., 2012. Sighting of a large congregation of Demoiselle Cranes (Grusvirgo) near Jangi, Kutch dt., Gujarat. Newsletter for Birdwatchers, 52(1), pp.11–12.
Arun, P.R., 2006. Conservation of Traditional people and their knowledge systems.Zoo’s Print Magazine, 21(5), pp.13–15.
Arun, P.R. & Taylor, C., 2006.The Toxic Legacy; Nothing Golden about It. Combat Law, 5(1).
Arun, P.R., 2005. Green is Beautiful; Policies should synchronise development with environmental conservation. Combat Law, 4(6), pp.21–22.
Arun, P.R., 2004. National Environment Policy 2004 – A Critique.Combat Law, 3(4).
Arun, P.R. &Azeez, P.A., 2004.Vulture population decline, Diclofenac and Avian Gout.Current Science, 87(5), pp.565–568.
Arun, P.R., 2003. Butterflies of Siruvani forests of Western Ghats, with notes on their seasonality.Zoos’ Print Journal, 18(2), pp.1003–1006.
Arun, P.R. &Azeez, P.A., 2003.On the butterflies of Puyankutty forest, Kerala, India.Zoos’ Print Journal, 18(12), pp.1276–1279.
Articles in Book/Books edited
Arun, P.R. 2016. “Environmental Impacts of Wind Power.” In 17th International Training Course on Wind Turbine Technology and Applications; Course Material, 447–48. NIWE, Chennai.
RajahJayapal, Babu S, GoldinQuadros, Arun, P.R., Pramod P, Kumara H N, and Azeez PA, eds. 2013. Ecosystem Services and Functins of Birds; Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Indian Ornithology (ICIO) 2013.SACON.
Arun, P.R. 2010. “Pollination and Pollinators.” In Vanashobha – Green Legacy, edited by Godrej Pheroza, I:93–102. National Society of the Friends of the Trees.
Arun, P.R., P.A. Azeez, and V.M. Maya. 2008. “Impact of Coal-Fired Thermal Power Plants on Agriculture; A Case Study of Chicku (Sapota) Orchards of Dahanu, Maharashtra.” In Global Environment: Problems and Policies, V:184–229.
Vijayan, L., C. Venkatraman, P.R. Arun, and V.S. Vijayan. 1998. “Breeding Strategies of Birds in a Moist Deciduous Forest at Siruvani in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.” In Biosphere Reserves and Management in India, 179–85.
Technical Project reports:
Arun, P.R., Rajah Jayapal&Anoop, V, 2015. Impact of Hara Wind Power Project of CLP Wind Farms (India) Ltd. on Wildlife including Migratory birds and Raptors at Harapanahalli, Davangere, Karnataka, Coimbatore: SACON.
Arun, P.R., Srinivas, G &Shantha Kumar, S.B., 2015. Cumulative Impact Assessment Study of Hydro Power Projects on River Yamuna, Tons and Tributaries -Faunal Aspects, Coimbatore: SACON.
Arun, P.R., Murugesan M, et al., 2014. Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment of Hydro Electric Projects of Sutlej River Basin in Himachal Pradesh-Faunal Aspects, Coimbatore: SACON.
Mathew KS et al., 2014.Ecological and Ethno-Cultural Examination of the Rise and Fall in Rice Biodiversity in Southern India With Special Reference to The Western Ghats, SACON.
Arun, P.R. &Rajan, P, 2014a.Impact assessment of Prospecting Exploration through 3D Seismic data acquisition by Oil India Ltd. on Mangrove Fauna at Kakinada, Andhra pradesh, Coimbatore: SACON.
Arun, P.R. &Rajan, P, 2014b.Study on the the potential environmental impacts of wind farm development in Agali, Attapadi, Kottathara and Nallasingam areas of Palakkad district, Kerala, Coimbatore: SACON.
Arun, P.R., Samsoor Ali, A M & Ramesh Kumar, S., 2014. Monitoring the impacts of Jangi Wind power farm (91.8 MW) with special reference to birds and bats, Coimbatore: SACON.
Arun, P.R., Rajah Jayapal&Murugesan M, 2013.Impact of Construction of High Rise Towers on Migration of Fauna Including Avifauna – Bengal NRI Township Project (Urbana), Anandapur, Coimbatore: SACON. Available at: http://www.sacon.in/ TechnicalReport/ Arun/2013%20PR109%20Urbana-%20Avifauna%20report%20SACON-Feb-2013.pdf.
Arun, P.R. et al., 2012. Report on baseline status of the biological environment around the proposed nuclear power park at Mithivirdi, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, of m/s. Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd., Coimbatore: SACON.
Mathew KS et al., 2012.Wetlands of Srikakulam District; An Ecological Status Survey, Coimbatore: SACON.
Pramod, P., Arun, P.R. & P Rajan, 2012. Eco-Development Plan for Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Coimbatore: SACON.
Arun, P.R., Azeez, P.A., et al., 2011.Impact Assessment of LNG Terminal Augmentation Project by M/s PLL on the Terrestrial Flora and Fauna at Puthuvypeen, Kerala, Coimbatore: SACON.
Arun, P.R., Murugesan, M. & Nikhil Raj, P., 2011. Impacts of proposed Seismic survey operations on the Avifauna and Wildlife of Reserve Forest areas of KG Basin Project of Oil India Ltd., Coimbatore: SACON.
Prusty B Anjan et al., 2011. Comprehensive Management Action Plan for conservation of Ossudu Sanctuary, Puducherry, Coimbatore: SACON.
Arun, P.R. &Azeez, P.A., 2011.Environmental Impacts of Electro-magnetic fields; A Review Report Submitted to the MoEF Expert committee on communication towers on birds & bees, Coimbatore: SACON.
Arun, P.R., 2010. Mining ecologically fragile lands; an avoidable environmental catastrophe waiting to happen. A note on impacts of the proposed mining projects in Dongarpal and its environs, Sawantwadi, Sindhudurg.,
Arun, P.R., 2009. Butterflies of Godrej Pirojshanagar Industrial Township and Mangroves at Vikhroli, Green Alternatives, Mumbai.
Arun, P.R., 2008. Impacts of the proposed coal-based mega Thermal Power Plant at Jaigad, Mumbai: Green Alternatives.
Arun, P.R., 2007. An Environmental appraisal of Jaigad and its environs, the proposed site for the 1200 MW mega thermal Power plant, Mumbai: Green Alternatives.
Azeez, P.A. et al., 2005. A study on the Migratory Birds of the proposed Barh super power project (NTPC) and its environs, Coimbatore: SACON.
Arun, P.R. &Azeez, P.A., 2004.Decline in the yield of Sapota (Manilkarazapota) from the orchards of DahanuTaluka: Causes and Concerns: An ecological investigation, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A., Bhupathy, S., Rajasekaran, A., et al., 2004. Ecodevelopment plan for Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Cochin, Kerala, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A., Bhupathy, S., Balasubramanian, P., et al., 2004. Study of bird habitats at the Pathiramanal Island, Vembanad Lake, Kerala in view of the proposed eco-tourism project. Report submitted to Government of Kerala, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A., Bhupathy, S., Rajasekaran, A. & Arun, P.R., 2003. Bird Habitat improvement in MGC complex, M/s Indian Petrochemical Corporation Limited, Nagothane, Maharastra, Preliminary Report, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A., Bhupathy, S., Rajasekaran, A. & Arun, P.R., 2003a. Conservation plan for flora and fauna of Kolli bauxite mines, Kolli Hills M/s Madras Aluminium Company Limited, Mettur Dam, Tamilnadu, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A., Bhupathy, S., Rajasekaran, A. & Arun, P.R., 2003b. Conservation plan for Gaur and endemic flora of Shevaroy bauxite mines, Yercaud, M/s The Madras Aluminium Company Limited, Mettur dam, Salem district, Tamilnadu, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A. et al., 2002a.Flora and fauna study for rapid Environmental Impact Assessment of Dahej-Hazira-Uran-Dabhol gas pipeline Project of M/s GAIL, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A. et al., 2002b.Impact assessment of HBJ Pipeline upgradation project, Phase III (Gas Authority of India Limited) on the flora and fauna, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A. et al., 2002c.Study of flora and fauna for Impact Assessment of the Mangalore- Coimbatore LPG pipeline, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A. et al., 2001a.A study on the biological environment and assimilation capacity: Utkal Alumina International Limited, Rayagada, Orissa, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A. et al., 2001b.Impact assessment of north-south Gujarat LNG Pipeline (Gas Authority of India Ltd.) on the flora and fauna, Coimbatore: SACON.
Vijayan, L. et al., 2001. Breeding strategies of Birds in a Moist deciduous forest in Siruvani, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A. et al., 2000a.Impact assessment of Dahej – Bijaipur Liquefied Natural Gas Pipeline (Gas Authority of India Ltd.) on the flora and fauna, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A. et al., 2000b.Impact assessment of Tatipaka – Kondapalle gas pipeline for LANCO power plant on the flora and fauna, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A., Bhupathy, S., Rajasekaran, A. & Arun, P.R., 1999a. Impact Assessment of Hazira – Dahej Petroleum Product Pipeline (Hindustan PetroleumCorporation Limited) onthe Flora and Fauna, SACON.
Azeez, P.A., Bhupathy, S., Rajasekaran, A. & Arun, P.R., 1999b. Impact assessment of Vijayawada- Secunderabad petroleum product pipeline (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited) on the flora and fauna, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A., Bhupathy, S., Rajasekaran, A. & Arun, P.R., 1999c. Second Environmental Opinion on the Kolli Hydro Electric Project, Tamilnadu, Coimbatore: SACON.
Azeez, P.A., Bhupathy, S., Rajasekaran, A., Arun, P.R., et al., 1999. Comprehensive Environmental Impact assessment of the Proposed Puyankutty Hydro Electric Project, Kerala, SACON.
Popular Articles & Articles in News Letter
Ramesh Kumar, S. & Arun, P.R., 2014. Butterflies (of SACON ). SACON News, 11(2-3), pp.9–13.
Ramesh Kumar S, Samsoor Ali, A M & Arun, P.R., 2014. Peculiar nest site of Indian Robin Saxicoloidesfulicatus.SACON News, 11(1), p.7.
Samsoor Ali, A.M. et al., 2014. SACON Campus- A Bird Haven.SACON News, 11(2-3), pp.1–5.
Arun, P.R., 2013. Photonic Crystals; Harbingers of Next generation Technologies.SACON News, 10(3), pp.6–6.
Arun, P.R., Azeez PA & Mathew KS, 2013. An unusual breeding site of Little egrets at Palakkad. SACON News, 10(3), pp.4–5.
Ramesh Kumar S, Samsoor Ali, A M & Arun, P.R., 2013. Wild Nilgai in Company with Domestic Cattle.SACON News, 10(1), p.7.
Mathew KS et al., 2012.Wetlands of Srikakulam.SACON News, 9(3), pp.1–2.
Ramesh Kumar S et al., 2012. Mass movement of butterflies.SACON News, 9(4), pp.5–5.
Samsoor Ali, A M, Ramesh Kumar S & Arun, P.R., 2012. Sighting large congregation of Demoiselle crane (Grusvirgo). SACON News, 9(2), pp.4–5.
Arun, P.R., 2010. Environmental Impact Assessment; Challenges and Prospects.SACON News, 7(2).
Arun, P.R., 2008. The Super-Mega Nuclear Power complex at Jaitapur; the Last nail on Konkan.Nuclear Free India, 1(2), pp.5–9.
Arun, P.R., 2007. Environmental excellence vs. Artificial intelligence.Change, 7(3), pp.13–15.
Arun, P.R., 2005. New policy dilutes environmental law. Sahara Times, pp.21–22.
Arun, P.R., 2003. Mass death of vultures; Pain-killer the culprit ! Prasadam, 4(8), pp.15–16.
Arun, P.R., 2009. Butterflies.Change, 8(6-7), pp.37–39.
Membership in Scientific/ Expert Advisory Committees
Member of Expert Committee/Task Force to evaluate R&D Proposals to study the Possible impact of EMF Radiation Exposure from Mobile Towers and Handsets on Life (Humans, Living Organism, Flora & Fauna & Environment) and Related R&D initiatives)- Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India-
Member of Interdisciplinary expert committee to advice the State Government (HP) on the issues relating to Hydel Power Projects in the Stateof Himachal Pradesh.-Govt. of Himachal Pradesh