Raman Kumar Research Associate
Raman Kumar works on bird community ecology, and his research has examined impacts of forest management and forest degradation due to anthropogenic activities on bird communities. Raman Kumar coordinates MigrantWatch, a pan-India citizen science programme to monitor bird migration patterns. Raman is working to set up a long-term ecological monitoring for forest birds in the Western Himalayas. He is involved in planning and development of interpretation and awareness programmes in the Western Himalayan region.
- Ph.D. in 2011 from Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore through Manipal University, Manipal
- M.Sc. Foresty in 2001. Forest Research Institute University, Dehradun.
- B.Sc. Physics & Geology in 1996. HNB Garhwal University at DBS (PG) College, Dehradun.
Activities at NSI
Raman Kumar is currently the Director of NSI. Raman brings in his experience with working on ecological research in the Western Himalayas and has contributed to:
- Long-term bird monitoring in urban regions of Delhi and Dehradun valley
- Training rural youth in bird identification to promote eco-tourism in collaboration with Uttarakhand Forest Department
- Designing interpretation products for NSI's Art for Science programme
- Producing outreach material for Garbage Impact Research and Awareness programme
- Developing research programs and proposals to examine the impact of human activities on bird communities
- Researched impact of forest management on woodpeckers in the sal forests of Uttarakhand for his PhD
- Surveyed the globally vulnerable Great Slaty Woodpecker in the sub-Himalayan forests
- Researched impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on bird communities in Sariska
- Currently associated with two citizen science projects - MigrantWatch and SeasonWatch - at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore
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