Dr. Ajith Kumar

Dr. Ajith Kumar was Faculty at the Wildlife Institute of India and Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, before joining the WCS-India Program to direct the Masters Program in Wildlife Biology and Conservation at the National Centre for Biological Sciences. He began his wildlife career with a survey of primates in South India in the late 1970s. His doctorate, from Cambridge University, was on the ecology and population dynamics of the lion-tailed macaque. This study introduced him to the tropical rainforest in the Western Ghats, where he and his students later studied small carnivores, rodents and arboreal mammals for the next many years, especially in the context of habitat fragmentation. Sikkim Himalaya has been another area of interest to him, where he and his colleagues have studied mammals, herpetofauna and birds. His research interests include rainforest ecology, primates and small carnivores

Recent books

  • Umapathy, G and Kumar, A (2011), Impact of Habitat Fragmentation on the Arboreal Mammals: Ecology of arboreal mammals in rain forest fragments of Western Ghats. Lambert Academic Publishing. 148 pp.

Recent papers

  • Hussain, S, Ram,MS, Kumar, A, Shivaji, S, Umapathy,G (2013) ‘Human presence increases parasitic load in endangered lion-tailed macaques (Macaca silenus) in its fragmented rainforest habitats in southern India’. PLoS One, 8:e6368.
  • Prakash, N, Mudappa, D, Raman, TSR Kumar, A (2012), ‘The conservation of riparian mammals in human dominated landscapes: the case of the small clawed otter in the Western Ghats’. Tropical Conservation Science, 5:67-78.
  • Krishnadas, M, Chandrashekhara, K, Kumar, A (2011) ‘The response of the frugivorous lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) to a period of food scarcity’. American Journal of Primatology, 73:1-11.
  • Kumar, R, Shahabuddin, G, Kumar, A (2011), ‘How good are managed forests at conserving native woodpecker communities? A study in sub- Himalayan dipterocarp forests of northwest India’. Biological Conservation, 144: 1876-1884.
  • Mudappa, D, Kumar, A, Chellam, R (2011), ‘Diet and fruit choice of the brown palm civet Paradoxurus jerdoni, a viverrid endemic to the Western Ghats rainforest, India’, Tropical Conservation Science, 33 (18): 282-300.
  • Perinchery, A, Jathanna, D,  Kumar, A (2011) ‘Factors determining occupancy and habitat use by Asian small-clawed otters in the Western Ghats, India’ Journal of Mammalogy, 92:796-802.
  • Anand, MO, Krishnaswamy, J, Kumar, A, Bali, A (2010), ‘Sustaining biodiversity conservation in human-modified landscapes in the Western Ghats: Remnant forests matter’. Biological Conservation, 143: 2363–2374.
  • Mendiratta, U, Kumar, A, Mishra, C, Sinha, A (2009), ‘Winter ecology of the Arunachal macaque Macaca munzala in Pangchen Valley, western Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India’. American Journal of Primatology, 71 (11): 939-947.
  • Swapna, N, Radhakrishna, S, Gupta, A K, Kumar, A (2009),  ‘Exudativory in the Bengal slow loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) in Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary, Tripura, northeast India’. American Journal of Primatology, 72 (2):113–121.
  • Karthikeyan, V, Kumar, A, Noon, BR, Chellam, R (2008) ‘Density and diversity of forest floor anurans in the rain forests of southern Western Ghats, India’. Herpetologica, 64: 207–215.
  • Vasudev, D, Kumar, A, Sinha, A (2008) ‘Resource distribution and group size in the common langur (Semnopithecus entellus) in southern India’American Journal of Primatology. 70: 680-689.

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