The sixth

Student Conference on
Conservation Science - Bengaluru

500 of Africa and Asia's brightest conservation researchers

17 FEB - 31 MAY
The early bird catches the wormy
23 FEB - 10 APR
For student talks and posters
Spots tend to fill up at lightning speed
1 JUN - 15 AUG
Spot Registration is open throughout the conference
The largest student conference in India
6 Plenary Talks
20 Student Talks
80 Student Posters
40+ Workshops
Who's Who in Conservation
Post-conference Field Trip

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
  08-Sep 09-Sep 10-Sep 11-Sep
08:00-08:30 Registration & Bursaries Registration Registration Registration
08:30-09:30 Plenary: James D. Nichols Plenary: Sudha Vasan Plenary: Uma Ramakrishnan
09:30-09:50 Long Workshops (Tea break at 1130) Refreshments (20 minutes)
09:50-10:00 SCCS 2015 Group Photo Student talks Student talks
10:00-11:10 Student talks
12:00-13:00 Who's Who in Conservation Who's Who in Conservation Poster Session 3 
13:00-14:00 Lunch (60 minutes)
14:00-16:30 Long workshops Short Workshops Short Workshops Short Workshops
16:30-16:50 Refreshments (20 minutes)
16:50-17:10 Inauguration Poster Session 1 Poster Session 2 Plenary: Jairam Ramesh
17:10-17:40 Art & Conservation with Ben Mirin
17:40-18:00 Ravi Sankaran Memorial Lecture (T. R. Shankar Raman)
18:00-19:00 Plenary: Krushnamegh Kunte Plenary: Kanchi Kohli Closing Remarks and Student Awards
19:00-21:00 Dinner
  Day 1: Long Workshops (9:00 - 16:00) Day 2: Short Workshops (14:00 - 16:30) Day 3: Short Workshops (14:00 - 16:30) Day 4: Short Workshops (14:00 - 16:30)
  08-Sep 09-Sep 10-Sep 11-Sep
1 Study design in ecology and conservation How R you doing? Using the R platform for managing and analyzing ecological datasets  The challenge of coordinating conservation for AsiaÕs Critically Endangered Vultures. Lessons and application for other conservation examples  Getting the Measure of Diversity: A Macro-ecological Perspective
2 Advanced conservation genetics  Freshwater Fish Conservation: Concepts, Techniques and Strategies  Language and Ecology – Communicating Nature Through Local Languages  Observational study of animal behaviour and its importance for animal conservation
3 The nitty-gritty of writing and presenting research  Landscape genetics  Applications of molecular phylogenetics in conservation biology  Elements of effective study design
4 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing using Quantum GIS  Making effective presentations  Graphics and visualisation in R  How to tell a conservation story 
5 Social and Ecological Dimensions of Freshwater Biodiversity Conservation  Contribution of science in conflict management What's behind a scientific article? What can sociological/ethnographic studies tell us about doing science and of writing a scientific paper?  Conservation story-telling with images
6 Animal Handling Techniques  Introduction to basic photography  Publication ethics Principles of Monitoring Ecological Populations and Communities: Why, What and How? 
7 Google Earth Engine Hands-on Workshop  Trust, Instinct, Common sense: Managing people & teams  Thinking quantitatively  Business & Biodiversity – working with businesses for conservation in India 
8 Bird Ringing for Science & Conservation  ÔData entryÕ as an academic process: basics of data management and organization  What is chemical ecology?  An introduction to conservation genetics
9 Framing Conservation Education in the context of Conservation Practice: a vital component An Introduction to Popular Science Writing Mobile Field Data Collection using OpenDataKit (ODK)  Workshop: An introduction to eBird and eBirding 
10 The Science of Scientific Writing  Can conditional approvals and legal compliance help achieve better conservation outcomes? Ecological Monitoring and Conservation of Tropical Insect Biodiversity
11 The Kodagu Game – Interactive models for Conservation Policy Development and Testing  Advocacy for conservation Seeing the political in the ecological: Applying social science ideas and methods to conservation issues (abbreviated version)
12 Ecological Monitoring of Tropical Insect Diversity: Field and Lab Techniques Working with the Press
13 Inferences for Animal Populations: Basics of Capture-recapture and Occupancy Modeling
14 Seeing the political in the ecological: Applying social science ideas and methods to conservation issues 
indicates OPEN sessions with no cap on the number of participants highlighted.
Talk code Day 2 Talk code Day 3 Talk code Day 4
  09-Sep   10-Sep   11-Sep
T1 A leopard in your tea-cup: diet and habitat use of an adaptable felid in a forest-production landscape mosaic / Aritra Kshettry T6 Forests of the Mind: Examining official Forest representations in a Shifting cultivation (jhum) landscape in Garo hills, India / Amit John Kurien T11 Decoding the mass nesting behaviour of olive ridley turtles in Odisha, India. / Akash Verma
T2 Metapopulation dynamics of birds in a rubber-forest mosaic affected by hunting / Rachakonda Sreekar T7 Economic and ecological outcomes of forest managed by community in partnership with NGO: A case study from TobŽ-Kpobidon forest, Benin / Rodrigue Castro Gbedomon T12 Asian elephants in the tropical rain forests of Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve, Assam / Abhijit Boruah
T3 The Customary use of Vulturine Parrots (Psittrichas fulgidus) in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and its Implications on Conservation / Grace Agatha Nugi T8 A study of land cover change in Papikonda National Park, Eastern Ghats, Andhra Pradesh, using NDVI based time series analysis / Vikram Aditya T13 The association of human disturbances and vigilance by Tibetan Wild Ass, Equus kiang, in Trans-Himalayan India / Prameek Meena Kannan
T5 Impacts of urbanization and associated anthropogenic perturbation on fitness of the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia): Implications on in situ conservation / Kajanka Jehan Mathiaparanam T10 Edge effect on diurnal Lepidoptera diversity indicates need to re-describe the TDEFs of India. / Rishiddh Avnish Jhaveri T15 Is incomplete knowledge helping the spreading of invasive Mimosa pigra? A case study on public awareness. / Saumya Chinthani Wanniaracchchi
Poster Code Day 2 Poster Code Day 3 Poster Code Day 4
  09-Sep   10-Sep   11-Sep
A01 Ecological Niche Modeling of Assamese Macaque in South and South-East Asia / Ganga Ram Regmi B01 Understanding the range limits of Primula species along the elevation gradient of Sikkim Himalaya, India: insights from a transplant experiment / Priya Darshini Gurung C01 Habitat correlates of the forest small mammal community in northeast India / Sahila D Kudalkar
A02 Phenology and plant pollinator interactions of Rhododendron species in Sikkim, Himalyas. / Shweta Basnett B02 Food for Thought: Diet Separation between the Forest Owlet, Spotted Owlet and Jungle Owlet in Madhya Pradesh / Ridhi Rajesh Chandarana C02 Solving the puzzle: Can we have community-based conservation in Cusuco National Park, Honduras?/ Guillaume M C G Demare
A03 Management of wetlands with special reference to the invasive aquatic macrophytes in Barak Valley, Assam, North East India / Nami Prasad B03 Tree diversity in Pan Jhum, a traditional betel leaf based agroforestry system in Barak Valley, Assam / Biswajyoti Bikomiya Deori C03 The effect of introduced chital (Axis axis) on forest vegetation communities in the Andaman islands / Krishna Anujan
A04 Prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in free-ranging red panda Ailurus fulgens, Cuvier 1825 (Carnivora: Ailuridae: Ailurinae) in Nepal / Tirth Raj Ghimire B04 Diversity and current status of goblin spiders (Oonopidae) in rapidly changing ecosystems in Sri Lanka / Uda Gedara Sasanka Lakmali Ranasinghe C04 Ranging and movement pattern of Lesser Florican (Sypheotides indica) in Rajasthan / Antharagam Mohan
A05 A case study on Pygmy Hogs in the Pygmy Hog breeding center / Smita Dutta B05 EFFECT OF PINE PLANTATION ON LITTER ARTHROPOD FAUNA IN UPPER HANTHANA FOREST RESERVE, KANDY DISTRICT, SRI LANKA / Saumya Erandi Silva C05 Influence of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on natural regeneration of grassland disclimaxes in Dothalugala MAB Reserve, Sri Lanka / Viraj Niroshana Gunarathne
A06 FORENSIC MOLECULAR TOOL IN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION / Devika V S B06 Assessment of cheetah prey base outside protected areas in Southern Kenya. / Noreen Mukhwana Mutoro C06 Riverine obligate bird species in the Ganges: ecological and anthropogenic correlates / Ankita Sinha
A07 Effect of habitat degradation on behavioral patterns of a freshwater species, zebrafish (Brachydanio rerio) / Tamal Roy B07 Effect of intensive artisanal fishery on aggregated small tuna population in coast and offshore areas off Southern Sri-Lanka / Chathuri Chandima Walpita C07 Where have all the lorises gone: slender loris, citizen scientists, and urban growth in Bangalore / Vidisha Madhava Kulkarni
A08 Karbi Anglong: Participatory modelling and integrated landscape approaches for development and conservation, part 1: Understanding the local agricultural system. / Swen Petrus Maria Bos B08 Nest congregation of stingless bee, Trigona iridipennis Smith. in coffee Agro forest ecosystems of Kodagu district, Karnataka / Manu T. N. C08 Species specific primers and a Panel of Microsatellites for Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus). / Kaushalkumar Ganeshbhai Patel
A09 Vital Statistics: Preliminary Information on Population Trends of the Forest Owlet in East Kalibhit Range, Madhya Pradesh / Prasanna N S B09 Spider Family (Aranae) Assemblage in High Altitude Ecosystems: A Case Study in Askot wildlife Sanctuary, Western Himalaya (India) / Uttaran Bandyopadhyay C09 VOCALIZATION CHARACTERISTICS OVERRIDE PHYLOGENETIC SIGNAL IN GREEN COLORED SRI LANKAN PSEUDOPHILAUTUS SPECIES / Navarathna Mudiyanselage Tharindu Gunathilaka
A10 Social behavior among vultures during feeding (A case study from Ghachowk and Pithauli Vulture restaurants, Nepal) / Anisha Pokharel B10 Assessing Habitat Quality of Forest-Corridors through NDVI Analysis in Dry Tropical Forests of South India: Implications for Conservation and Management / Paramesha Mallegowda C10 Estimating hornbill density using spatially explicit capture recapture methods / Ravinder Kaur Kirpal Singh
A11 DRY SEEDS OF RUBBER ( Hevea brasiliensis)- A FALL-BACK FOOD FOR GOLDEN LANGUR IN FRAGMENTED HABITAT OF ASSAM , INDIA / Debahutee Roy B11 Understanding the role of natural habitat affecting pollinator interactions in an urbanization landscape / Ronita Mukherjee C11 Seasonal changes in forage quality of ungulates along the elevation gradient in Sikkim Himalaya, India. / Tanushree Srivastava
A12 Natural resources and their utilization pattern by the ecosystem people of Chatla floodplain wetland of Barak Valley, Assam, Northeast India / Priyanka Sarkar B12 Conceptions of two local stakeholder groups towards the crop-raiding Bawean warty pig (Sus blouchi), endemic to Bawean island, Indonesia. / Shafia Zahra C12 Factors Influencing FishermenÕs Perception of Otters along the Bhadra River, India / Parvathi Krishna Prasad
A13 Bats in GodÕs Place: In-situ conservation of bats in the sacred caves of Gupteswar, Southern Odisha along Easternghat, India / Subrat Debata B13 Distribution pattern of odonates relative to different biotopes in Rani Reserve Forest and its adjacent areas. (Work in progress) / Dipti Thakuria C13 Herpetofaunal species richness and abundance in different forest types at the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve, Thailand / Matthew Steven Crane
A14 Traditional Livelihood and Natural Resource Dependence of a Resettled Birhor Community. / Vijaylakshmi Suman B14 Analysis of human perceptions and temporal patterns of human-snow leopard conflict in Nepal Himalayas / Balkumar Nepali C14 Assessment of Nest Sites of Forest Owlet and Spotted Owlet in Khandwa District, Madhya Pradesh / Megha Rao
A15 Providing connectivity between two meta-population of Kanha Tiger Reserve and Pench Tiger Reserve / Sprih Harsh B15 Identifying the patterns of crop raiding by wild ungulates and elephants in Ramnagar Forest Division, Uttarakhand. / Ankur Kumar C15 Developing landscape level habitat suitability maps for selected mammals in Western Himalaya - a case study in Askot Landscape, Uttarakhand / Ankita Bhattacharya
A16 Variations of species composition of Seagrass related to the sediment characters in the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka. / Herath Mudiyanselage Udari Ayeshya B16 Predicting distribution of Himalayan wolf and its relation with environmental variables / Swati Saini C16 Diversity of Avifauna in a Tropical Lowland Forest in South West, Sri Lanka: A Comparative Study of Different Habitats / Shachindrika Rukshani Wijesinghe
A17 Tree cavities and associated vertebrate fauna: a case study in Rani Reserve Forest, Kamrup, Assam / Minarul Haque B17 Effect of Management Modalities and Forest Condition on Forest Carbon Biomass in Pine Dominated Forests, Mid Hill Nepal / Anita Dandekhya C17 ÒNo Entry for the ElephantsÓ Benefits of Crop Guarding: A Case Study from North Kanara District, Karnataka. / Sangram Parida
A18 Plant Diversity as Surrogate for Insects in Tropical Landscapes / Kai Zhang B18 Fractional Cover Assessment Using MESMA Technique in Doon Valley / Florencia Matina Tuladhar C18 Investigating habitat change in Lala Bustard Sanctuary using Remote Sensing and GIS / Nisargsingh Rajendra Chaudhari
A19 Foods and Habitats of Asian small-clawed otters and smooth-coated otters, northern Cambodia / Naven Hon B19 Finding the cause and securing the future of highly problematic Sloth bear population in Nilgiri, Eastern India. / Prakash Chandra Mardaraj C19 Comparative study on diversity and distribution of spiders in different forest habitat type in Guwahati metro (on going) / Awarlin Chetia
A20 To study the population characteristics and habitat use by Ladakh Urial in the Trans-Himalayan region. / Zehidul Hussain B20 Diversity and Habitat Occupancy of Odonata in Sinharaja Man and Biosphere Reserve, Sri Lanka / Amila Prasanna Sumanapala C20 Impact of invasive plant Lantana camara and road-edge on butterfly habitat use in a tropical moist deciduous forest in India / Suman Attiwilli
A21 Urban lizards run faster and have bolder escape strategies / Anuradha Batabyal B21 A COMPARATIVE LIMNOLOGICAL STUDY ON PLANKTON DIVERSITY AND THE EFFECT OF POLLUTANTS ON CHANDUBI LAKE, DEEPAR BEEL AND DIGHOLIPUKHURI, ASSAM / Dhurjati Pathak C21 Fisheries in Gulf of Kachchh: Importance, conflicts and conservation strategies / Ema Fatima
A22 CONSERVATIONAL VALUE OF DUNUMADALAWA FOREST RESERVE IN CENTRAL SRI LANKA BASED ON THE ENDEMISM OF THE AVIFAUNA. / Tharangi Roshima Kumari Hettiarachchi B22 Spatial Ecology And Habitat Utilization Of King Cobras (Ophiophagus hannah) In Northeast Thailand / Ins Maria Sim›es Silva C22 Effectiveness of Community-based Conservation: A study from the Great Himalayan National Park (Tirthan Valley), Himachal Pradesh, India / Priyanka Singh
A23 Comparative Assessment Of Undisturbed And Restored Mangrove Areas Based On Birds As Indicator Species. / Prasad Anil Kulkarni B23 Assessment of Diversity of Fauna and Flora in High-Grown Tea Plantations in Dimbula Region of Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka / Chathuranga Iroshan Deshapriya C23 Sustainable practices in modern fishing scenarios: Conservation of Barred spiny eel in Kolavai lake, Tamil Nadu / Dinesh Kumar Sivasankaran
A24 Sacred GroveÕs Potential in Mitigating Climate Change through Carbon Sequestration / Arpitkumar Shantilal Patel B24 Aquatic insects diversity and water quality: A comparison of two freshwater habitats in Colombo district, Sri Lanka / Agasthya Malinatha Wickramarachchi Thotagamuwa  

On Integrating Science and Conservation: How Can We Make Our Science Most Useful?
James D. Nichols


Moving mountains: migration, rurality and social ecology.
Sudha Vasan


The challenge of environment regulation in an aspirational economy.
Kanchi Kohli


How does genetics aid conservation
Uma Ramakrishnan


Towards Paris and After: The Climate Challenge
Jairam Ramesh


Recasting the conservation landscape: a restoration experience
T. R. Shankar Raman {Ravi Sankaran Memorial Lecture}


Butterfly Stories: From Biology to Conservation
Krushnamegh Kunte


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