[Symposium]: "Science, Technology and Conservation"

NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting

(As part of NIAS-DST Training Programme on “Science Policy and General Management)


Topic: “Science, Technology and Conservation”


Speaker: Dr. Ullas Karanth

Director for Science-Asia,

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Bengaluru



Chairperson: Dr. U N Nandakumar

Head, Silviculture Deptt & Programme Coordinator,

Sustainable Forest Management & FMS Division,

Kerala Forest Research Institute, Thrissur



Date: 9th March, 2016


Time: 9.30 am


Venue: JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS


All are cordially invited


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Abstract: Wildlife and biodiversity conservation are now recognized as critical elements of a rational development policy because of utilitarian, aesthetic and even moral dimensions.  Conservation is an applied discipline, similar in some ways to medicine, agriculture and engineering in that it tries to apply principles of basic sciences of animal ecology and allied disciplines to solve conservation problems. The domain of conservation includes efforts at saving and recovering endangered species, mitigating damage to human interests from conflicts with wildlife, and, in some cases even sustainable harvest of wildlife species for human use. However, in practice, conservation issues are usually viewed by governmental as well as non-governmental institutions on an emotional rather than a scientific basis.  If this science deficiency in conservation practice can be addressed effectively- by according a central role to conservation science - many critical issues we face today can be addressed much more effectively. I will illustrate these ideas with presentation of data and results from 30 years of science based conservation efforts of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in India to study and save wild tigers, other endangered species, and landscapes harboring them.


About the Speaker: Dr. Ullas Karanth is the Director for Science-Asia, for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), New York. He is based in Bangalore, India. Dr. Karanth has conducted extensive long-term studies on the ecology of tigers and other large mammals in Asia. He has published his research and analyses in over 150 publications international scientific journals including Science, PLOS Biology, Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology Journal of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology. He has also authored the books The Way of the Tiger, A View from the Machan, Science of Saving Tigers and co-edited the scientific books Monitoring Tigers and their Prey and Camera Traps in Animal Ecology.  Dr. Karanth is an adjunct professor at University of Florida, Gainesville and at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research-NCBS, India. He has served on the boards of Wildlife Institute of India, the National Tiger Conservation Authority India and the Liz Claiborne-Art Ortenberg Foundation in New York.  Dr. Karanth has won the J. Paul Getty international award for conservation, is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and was honored with the Padmashree award by President of India in 2011. He is actively engaged inconservation and advises several effective conservation groups in India and internationally.


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For further details, please contact Prof. Sangeetha Menon [prajnanata@gmail.com or smenon@nias.iisc.ernet.in], Coordinator for Wednesday Discussion Meetings.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016