Dr K Ullas Karanth, Director Centre for Wild Life Studies
Dr Karanth is currently a Senior Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York, which he joined in 1988. He is also the Founder Director of Centre for Wildlife Studies, a DST recognized ecological research institution, an adjunct faculty member at TIFR’s National Centre for Biological Sciences and Department of Wildlife Biology, University of Minnesota, USA.
He has conducted extensive long-term research on ecology of tigers, other predators and their prey in Nagarahole Park in India. He has also studied predator-prey population ecology in the Indian wildlife reserves of Pench, Kanha, Kaziranga Namdapha, Sundarbans, Ranthambore, Melghat, Tadoba, Kudremukh, Bhadra and Bandipur. His special areas of expertise include capture of large carnivores, radiotelemetry, camera trapping and line transect surveys and mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts. He has traveled widely to provide his expertise to wildlife research projects in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and East and Southern Africa.
He has published over 80 scientific papers in international journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Zoology, Journal of Tropical Ecology, Conservation Biology and Biological Conservation and scientific books published by Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Elsevier, Springer and Island Press.
He serves on the editorial board of the journals Oryx and Journal of Applied Ecology and IUCN/SSC and is a member of the Indian Government’s Forest Advisory Committee, National Tiger Conservation Authority and Governing council of the Wildlife Institute of India.
He has also been active in the conservation arena and serves as the Scientific Advisor to several conservation advocacy groups in India. His work has been extensively featured in world’s media including Nature, New York Times, Time Magazine, National Geographic, BBC, CNN, Discovery etc. In recognition of his contribution to global wildlife conservation work, Dr. Karanth won the Sierra Club’s prestigious international EarthCare award in 2006, and, World Wildlife Funds’s J. Paul Getty award.
Originally trained as an Engineer at NITK Surathkal, Dr Ullas Karanth pursued his true passion for Wildlife Biology and obtained post-graduate degrees from Mangalore University and University of Florida.