Major activities, scope, and mandate of the branch

In Madhya Pradesh, State Forest Research Institute Jabalpur is conducting Wildlife Research in coordination with Park managers. As, our state has been renowned in the country for its tremendous efforts in wildlife conservation, with an impressive protected area network, including six excellent tiger reserves supporting a wide range of wildlife species. This centralized Wildlife Research Cell will provide opportunities to institutions/ organizations/ MP Forest Department/ State wildlife wing for applied research and monitoring wildlife, compilation and dissemination of information and various technical supports. 

The State Forest Department has conducted systematic collection of data on monitoring the Tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitats in Protected Areas. The utilization of these primary data and their application in sustainable wildlife management is the prime mandate of this Wildlife Research Cell to find out the population dynamics and the factors responsible for change in population and habitat loss, changes in occupancy patterns etc. along with applied research on various aspects of wildlife management, men-animal conflicts, habitat loss, site specific problems, species specific problems, special attention to RET species, strengthening of monitoring facilities & management interventions, development of technical documents etc. for overall sustainable development of the wildlife. Basic and fundamental researches have their own importance for create base-line data for future studies, which are being included in the mandates of the Wildlife Research Cell.

Mandate

  • Monitoring and evaluation of wildlife and their habitats.
  • Study on ecology and conservation of wildlife including herbivores, carnivores and avifauna of the state.
  • Impact of wildlife on human habitation and vice-versa.
  • To prepare the wildlife management plan.
  • Serve as a nodal agency to compliment management authorities for scientific inputs.
  • To develop wildlife forensic laboratory.
  • Documentation and dissemination of information on wildlife conservation.

Scientists and other members of the branch

Dr. Anjana Rajput
Branch Head & Senior Research Officer 
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  • M.Sc (1989). Ph. D (1992), Specialization in Forest Ecology from H.S. Gaur Central University, Sagar (M.P.).
  • Diploma in Environmental Studies from IGNOU- New Delhi, 2014.
  • Awarded Senior Research Fellowship by CSIR, India, 1992-94.
  • 25 years of research experience in various fields of forestry. 
  • Area of interest: Wildlife Conservation, Habitat Ecology & Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). 
  • Recognized as Functional Area Expert for Ecology & Biodiversity from NABET, Quality Council of India, New Delhi for River valley and Mining sectors.
  • Supervised M.Sc. students for their dissertation works. Experience as external Evaluator for M. Phil Thesis and Viva-voce at Indian Institute of Forest Management Bhopal and other institutes. 
  • Organized various National level workshops and Training programmes.   
  • Participated in several International/National Workshops, Seminars and delivered lecture in various programmes, as guest faculty.
  • Participated in national and international conference including Tree Seeds 2002 (IUFRO Congress) in Chania Crete
  • Participated in 14th World Forestry Congress held in Durban, South Africa at 2015. 
  • Participated in 6th International Conference on Biodiversity and Conservation held in Dubai, UAE at 2017. 
  • Published 34 research papers in national and International peer reviewed journals, 6 technical bulletins, 1 book, 34 research reports and 8 monitoring and evaluation reports.
  • Currently handling the various Research Project of the branch as Principal Investigator.

 

Dr. Mayank M. Verma
Senior Research Assistant
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  • M.Sc. Life Science, LLB. 
  • Ph.D. (Bio-science) in 2018, Title "Genetic Diversity of Tigers (Panthera tigris) in National Parks Corridor - A case study Kanha-Pench Corridor".
  • Pursuing MBA (operation) from IGNOU.
  • A forestry & Wildlife Research professional with 11.6 years of experience. Expertise in the Wildlife Management, Forest Genetics, Silviculture, Forest Management and Monitoring & Evaluation of the Forest Village Development Schemes.
  • At present, completed a project on "DNA based monitoring of Tigers presence and their movements in Kanha- Pench corridor of M.P." as Principal Investigator and also successfully accomplished various Forestry Projects.
  • Published various research articles on forestry issues. 
  • A Conceptual model on Silvicultural management of bamboo plantation, poster was presented in the XXIII IUFRO WORLD CONGRESS (IUFRO2010) held at Seoul (Korea). .

 

Dr Aniruddha Majumder 
Research Associate III (Wildlife Biology)
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  • M Sc in Forestry, Wildlife and Environmental Science in 2004 and Ph D in Wildlife Science (Bio Science) in 2012.
  • Worked in “Monitoring tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat 2005-08” research project under Wildlife Institute of India and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
  • Worked in “Ecology of Tigers in Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra” research project under Wildlife Institute of India from October 2006 to April 2013.
  • Worked as a Technical Officer in Global Tiger Forum- An International Inter Governmental Body working on Tiger Conservation.
  • Worked in Regional center National Afforestation and Eco-development Board, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
  • Published in total 34 Scientific papers (Peer reviewed national and International), Popular Articles, Research reports, Technical Manuals and Books. Co-authored- Status Report: Tigers, co-predators and prey in Protected Areas of Madhya Pradesh, 2016.
  • Participated in National and International workshops, conferences and symposiums including “Trans-boundary Conservation of Tigers and Other Endangered Species, and the Strategy for Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade" at Kunming, China at 2013 and Second Global Tiger Stock Taking conference and 6th General Assembly of Global Tiger Forum at Dhaka, Bangladesh on 2014.
  • Expert Committee Member to asses Impact of Sand mining on Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and other wildlife habitat in National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary and Son Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh.
  • Worked in Assessment of Wildlife around the Dumna Airport, Jabalpur research project under State Forest Research Institute.
  • Trained frontline forest staff of Madhya Pradesh under “Capacity building of Forest Staff of Madhya Pradesh on Wildlife Population Monitoring Techniques” project. M Sc in Forestry, Wildlife and Environmental Science in 2004 and Ph D in Wildlife Science (Bio Science) in 2012.
  • Worked in “Monitoring tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat 2005-08” research project under Wildlife Institute of India and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
  • Worked in “Ecology of Tigers in Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra” research project under Wildlife Institute of India from October 2006 to April 2013.
  • Worked as a Technical Officer in Global Tiger Forum- An International Inter Governmental Body working on Tiger Conservation.
  • Worked in Regional center National Afforestation and Eco-development Board, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
  • Published in total 34 Scientific papers (Peer reviewed national and International), Popular Articles, Research reports, Technical Manuals and Books. Co-authored- Status Report: Tigers, co-predators and prey in Protected Areas of Madhya Pradesh, 2016.
  • Participated in National and International workshops, conferences and symposiums including “Trans-boundary Conservation of Tigers and Other Endangered Species, and the Strategy for Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade" at Kunming, China at 2013 and Second Global Tiger Stock Taking conference and 6th General Assembly of Global Tiger Forum at Dhaka, Bangladesh on 2014.
  • Expert Committee Member to asses Impact of Sand mining on Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and other wildlife habitat in National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary and Son Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh.
  • Worked in Assessment of Wildlife around the Dumna Airport, Jabalpur research project under State Forest Research Institute.
  • Trained frontline forest staff of Madhya Pradesh under “Capacity building of Forest Staff of Madhya Pradesh on Wildlife Population Monitoring Techniques” project. 

 

Mr. Sandeep Chouksey
Senior Research Fellow (Wildlife Biology)
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  • M.Sc. in Wildlife Science (2012) from SHIATS, Allahabad, UP.
  • 2.5 years experience in the field of Wildlife. 
  • Worked in Wildlife Trust of India as a consultant in Elephant Corridor Project in Chhattisgarh from April 2013-Sep 2013.
  • Worked in Bombay Natural History Society as a Research Biologist in Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre and Vulture Safe Zone Project Bundelkhand from April 2015 - May 2017. 
  • Participated in Vulture Estimation program organised by Panna Tiger Reserve in February 2015 and Vulture Census program organised by Madhya Pradesh Forest Department in January 2016 and May 2016. 
  • Published one research article in Indian Journal of Ecology and two research abstract in National Congress on Wildlife Health organised by Association of Indian Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians and Indian Veterinary Research Institute.  

 

Bhaskar Bhandari
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  • MSc in Wildlife Science from University of Kota, Rajasthan
  • Participated in Great Indian Bustard Survey 2016, National Ghariyal Survey 2016 and Kedarnath Butterfly Meet 2017.
  • Worked in various fields of wildlife since 2014 with many organizations and  Forest departments like Wildlife Conservation Society, Center for Wildlife Studies, Wildlife Institute of India and Rajasthan Forest Department.
  • Participated in various International/ National Conferences, Seminars and Workshops.
  • Area of Interest- Population and Habitat ecology of small mammals and interrelationship between faunal and floral species.

 

Pancham Sanodiya
Junior Research Fellow
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  • B.Sc. Forestry From jnkvv Jabalpur in 2012, 
  • M.Sc. Forestry from APSU Rewa in 2014.
  • ASRB NET- 2016
  • Post graduate diploma in Computer application (PGDCA)
  • Exposure of Agriculture activities 30 days training on socio economic survey of village under Provision of KVK Seoni (M.P.) during FWE Programme.
  • 72 Days training and visit of major Forest operations like Raising nursery, Plantation and logging of trees etc. under Forest Department Seoni (M.P.).
  • Research Paper on Assessment of tree Crown condition Monitor Forest health of Rampur Naikin, District Sidhi of Madhya Pradesh. 
  • Participated in National Seminar on Resent Advance Techniques in Applied Statics and its Application in Forestry (RASAF) at TFRI Jabalpur (2014).

 

Pratap Rao Vagh
Computer Operator cum Project Associate
Wildlife Branch
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  • Pursuing PGDCA from from Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal (M.P.). 
  • Graduate in B.Com. (R.D.V.V., Jabalpur)
  • One Year Computer Diploma 
  • Hindi Typing (Madhya Pradesh Board)
  • English Typing (Madhya Pradesh Board)

 

Mr. Sajid Ali 
Forester 
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  • ITI in Tractor Mechanic from ITI, Jabalpur, MP.
  • Joined Forest Department in 1994 as Forest Guard and worked in different forest divisions i.e. Jabalpur, Dindori, Mandla Forest Division between 1994 to 2016.
  • Presently engaged in Wildlife Branch of State Forest Research Institute since 2016. 

 

Mo. Ashad Hussain Mansoori 
Field Assistant
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  • Bachelor of Science from MGCGV in 2014
  • One years working experience as Advisor in national insurance company Ltd. & Tata AIA Life Insurance Company Ltd. Jabalpur M.P. 
  • Two years working experience as Project Assistant/ Field Assistant in various projects under wildlife branch of State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, M.P. 
  • Hold Advanced Diploma in Computer Application, Diploma in Information Technology & Office Management, and Diploma in Health Inspector.
  • Worked as a Field Assistant in “Assessment of wildlife around the Dumna airport, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)” under Wildlife Branch in State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur.

 

Mr. Prashant Kumar Kori
Field Assistant     
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  • M.E. in Water Resource Engineering from SGSITS INDORE affiliated from RGPV in 2014.
  • B. Tech. Agricultural Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur in 2011. 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) in 2015 from Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal (M.P.). 
  • Worked For 2.5 Year In “Integrated Watershed Management Programme.” Under Madhya Pradesh government.   
  • Thesis work in M.E. in “Determination Of Optimal Cropping Pattern For An Irrigation Project  Using Soft Computing Techniques: A Case Study.”
  • Project work in B.Tech. “Testing Performance & Analysis Of Mini Sprinkler Irrigation System Operated By Traddle/Paddle Pressure Pump.”

 

Ashish Pandey
Field  Assistant 
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  • B.sc Forestry From JNKVV Jabalpur in 2016.
  • Exposure of Agriculture activities 30 days training on socio economic survey of village under provision of KVK Seoni (M.P.) during Forest Work Experience (FWE) programme.
  • 72 Days training and visit study about major operations of forest like raising nursery. Plantation and logging of trees work etc.  Under Forest Department Seoni (M.P.)
  • Worked experience on project title “Documentation of insect fauna and flora of mangrove ecosystem in Odisha” under Tropical Forest Research Institute (TFRI).
  • Worked in Bhitarkanika National Prak in Odisha.

 

Research

On-going projects

S. No. Title of the Project Name of PI Source of funding Sanctioned Amount (Rs.) Date of Initiation Due Date of completion
01 Study on Agricultural Crop Damage by Wild Animals and its Management in Hoshangabad Circle of Madhya Pradesh Dr. Anjana Rajput R & E M.P. Forest Dept. Bhopal 22.97 lakh January  2016 December 2017 (Extended upto June1018)
02

Impact of Tourism on Ecological, Economical and Social dynamics in and around the     Tiger Reserves of Madhya Pradesh

Dr. Anjana Rajput

R & E M.P. Forest Dept. Bhopal

 27.5 lakh

January  2016

December 2017 (Extended upto June1018)

03

Preparation of Detailed Project Report for wildlife habitat improvement in the adjoining area of Sardar Sarovar Project Madhya Pradesh

Dr. Anjana Rajput

NVDA, Bhopal

 83.03 lakh

April 2017

March  2018 (Extended upto June1018)

04

Role of management intervention in wildlife habitat improvement on abandoned sites of Satpura Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh.

Dr. Anjana Rajput

CAMPA, Bhopal

55.52 lakh

May 2017

April   2019

05

Capacity building of Forest Staff of Madhya Pradesh on Wildlife Population Monitoring Techniques

Dr. Anjana Rajput

PCCF (Wildlife) Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal

13.80 lakh

May 2017

Feb-2018 (Extended upto June1018)

06

Study on Tiger Presence and their Dispersal Movements in Ratapani- Kheoni Landscape of Vindhyan Range

Dr. Mayank M. Verma PCCF (Wildlife) Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal 41.42 lakh Sept.2017 Aug. 2020
07 Standardization of the population estimation techniques of blue bull (Boselaphus tragocamelus in Van-Vihar National Park Dr. Mayank M. Verma PCCF (Wildlife) Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal 2.25 lakh Sept.2017  June 2018
08 Monitoring and evaluation of wildlife and their habitats for sustainable management and development in the protected areas/Territorial divisions of Madhya Pradesh Dr. Anjana Rajput PCCF (Wildlife) Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal 154.28 lakh May 2018 April 2021
09 Monitoring Re-introduce Tiger (Panthera tigris) in Nauradeshi Wildlife Sanctuary Dr. Anjana Rajput PCCF (Wildlife) Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal 69.58 lakh April 2018  
  Regular Activity          
01 Maintenance of monitoring and evalution facilities and data base of predators prey in Madhya Pradesh Dr. Anjana Rajput PCCF (Wildlife) Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal 25.00 lakh March 2018 Feb. 2023

 

Services

  • Provide information on population estimation of tiger, co-predator, and prey to the forest department.
  • Technical guidance to the forest department on modern scientific tools and technologies.
  • Preparation of wildlife management plan to the stakeholders.
  • Conflict management.
  • Wildlife Habitat Management.
  • Ecological assessment of wildlife areas.

Major Achievements

  • MoU signed with Wildlife Institute of India to enhance the in-house capacity of this Wildlife Branch of SFRI.  
  • SFRI team visited WII to get firsthand experience on wildlife population monitoring and learnt to operate various wildlife populations monitoring software.
  • Procurement and distribution of advanced equipments for wildlife census: 
S. No. Equipments Quantity
(Nos.)
1 White Flash Camera  3750
2 Infrared Camera 20
3 Radio-collar 20
4 GPS 1235
5 Range Finder 1165
6 Compass 1595
7 Tranquilization Gun 10

 

  • बाघ, सह-परभक्षी, चैपायों एवं उनके वासस्थल का अनुश्रवण - 2018 हेतु मार्गदर्षिका, Technical Bulletin 78, Year 2018. Download 

  • प्रशिक्षण मार्गदर्शिका - आधुनिक जीपीएस, रेंज फाईडर एवं कम्पास हेतु, Technical, Bulletin 72, year 2017. Download

Research Activities 

Wildlife Week Celebration in SFRI Training on Wildlife Population Monitoring at Wildlife Institute of India
Interaction With Pardhi Communities
Field Activites under Wildlife Branch Monitoring the tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitats
Field excercise on Camera Trapping Tiger sign survey