Neha Awasthi

Visiting PhD Student

PhD - Joint SDMs of Indian Forest Ungulates

Most knowledge of large herbivore ecology in India is derived from Savannah habitat of Africa. Tropical forest of India sustains species rich and abundant ungulate assemblages without clear evidence of competition for resources. Kanha Tiger Reserve in India is known for its long history of annual management fire practices, past village’s relocation, invasion and multi-predator system.

  

My PhD aims to study mechanisms of coexistence between sympatric ungulates and shed further insight on how different ungulate species partition resources. I am interested in using species distribution models to help me answer my research questions on co-occurrence pattern of ungulates and the factors influencing them. Hence, I am learning tools and techniques in Exeter University, Penryn Campus with Dr. Regan Early and her research group. 

Prior to starting my PhD, I did my masters in Zoology from India. I am currently engaged as Senior Research Fellow in long term monitoring project of Tigers from Wildlife Institute of India. I also worked with organisations such as Greenpeace International and Centre for Science and Environment.

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