Research at Pitchandikulam

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Fauna Flora Team Publications Work With Us

Fauna

Our special areas of interest are:

  • reptiles (especially snakes)
  • amphibians
  • birds (especially water birds and owls)
  • butterflies
  • smaller mammals

We undertake inventory studies on biodiversity, population and diversity assessment, behavioural studies and habitat assessment.


Flora

Our special areas of interest are:

  • medicinal plants
  • propagation and germination techniques
  • identification in the wild
  • traditional uses in health, food and cosmetics
  • botanical education

Pitchandikulam Forest became part of the national Medicinal Plant Conservation Network in 1993, and since then we have developed detailed botanical and social documentation, alongside our conservation and planting initiatives.

Visitors to Pitchandikulam Forest can see our Seed Room, with hundreds of seed samples from the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest; we run regular workshops and activities around medicinal plant identification and usage, and our Virtual Herbarium has become a key educational resource, with detailed botanical and social information about hundreds of indigenous plants.


Research Team

We have two full-time team members engaged in research into the biodiversity of the Kazhuveli bio-region, South India.

Dr Bubesh Guptha specializes in researching biodiversity, birds, mammals, butterflies and reptiles. As Senior Wildlife Biologist at Pitchandikulam, he has undertaken surveys and studies of the nearby Kazhuveli tank, a significant sanctuary for migrant birds and bio diversity, and has even been credited with discovering a new form of snake in the Seshachalam forest range.

He recently received the BioDiversity Award from the Government of Andra Pradhesh in recognition of his work in identifying a new species of snake in India.

He has  several peer-reviewed journal publications to his credit, as well as three books.

Before joining Pitchandikulam, he worked at:

  • the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore
  • Centre Soil and Water Conservation Research Training Institute and Research Centre, Udhagamandalam (Ooty), Nilgiris
  • Biodiversity Research Centre & Monitoring Research Laboratory, Project Tiger Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun
  • Wildlife Management Circle, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh Forest Department

He has a BSc in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry and an MSc in Wildlife Biology from Bharathidarsan University, Tamil Nadu, and a PhD in Ornithology from Sri Venkadeswara University, Andhra Pradesh.

M. Eric Ramanujam has been a wildlife illustrator and owl researcher for nearly two decades. Since 1997 he has been involved in full time conservation and has undertaken wildlife surveys in the Kazhuveli region and Adyar wetland complex. His main sphere of interest is the natural history of the Indian Eagle Owl Bubo bengalensis. He heads the design and art studios in Pitchandikulam.


Recent Publications

Birds and Biodiversity

Owls

Work With Us

We have vacancies currently for researchers to work with us on water body assessment from Kazhuveli lake. Please get in touch if you are interested, marking your message for the attention of Dr Bubesh Guptha.