User:Karu

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I studied Botany for my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Calicut, Kozhikode. For my Ph.D. research at Saurashtra University, Rajkot and Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, I studied on ecology of montane grasslands of Eravikulam National Park, Western Ghats. Later, I joined French Institute of Pondicherry, Pondicherry and involved in projects on Rationalization of Protected Area Network in Kerala and Preparation of Landscape Level Management Plan for the forest areas of Nelliyampathi Hills and preparation of perspective plans for the elephant reserves of Kerala. I joined the Centre for Environment and Development in 2007 as program director and supervised several projects related to conservation and management such as forests in carbon sequestration, identifying potential areas for conservation reserves in Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve of Kerala part, mainstreaming coastal and marine biodiversity conservation into production sectors, methodology for mapping and delineation of coastal ecological sensitive areas and preparation of tourism plan for Munnar. I joined the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History in 2012 and have since pursued research programme in landscape ecology. I have been involved in research and conservation projects on biodiversity and natural resources in different landscapes and forest types of India. My area of specialization include conservation and management of natural resources at landscape level, protected area management, biodiversity conservation, plant taxonomy, GIS and remote sensing, and climate change.