Chandrima Home

Doctoral Candidate, ATREE
Email: chandrima.home@atree.org; chandrima.home@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Abi Tamim Vanak, Fellow, ATREE
Co-Advisor: Dr. Yash Veer Bhatnagar, Senior Scientist, Nature Conservation Foundation and Snow Leopard Trust

PhD Thesis Title: The ecological and social dimensions of human-dog-wildlife conflict in the Indian Trans-Himalaya.

Education:
2003-2005: Post-graduation in Wildlife Science from Wildlife Institute of India. Degree awarded by Saurashtra University.
2000-2003: Bachelors (major) in Zoology, Presidency College, and University of Calcutta

Research Interests:
My broad research interests involves in understanding the drivers of abundance and species interactions in the context of human induced global changes and particularly interested in the role of anthropogenic influences on trophic relationships in a system. My Doctoral research aims to assess the ecological and social dimensions of threats by free-ranging domestic dogs at multiple scales. At a pan India scale, I aim to evaluate the impacts of domestic dogs on native wildlife while at the scale of the Upper Spiti Landscape, the study aims to assess the demographic characteristics of dog populations and understand human-dog interactions feeding into the overarching theme of how humans impact the trophic relationships through anthropogenic subsidies and the subsequent repercussions on socio-ecological linkages within the environment.

Grants Received:
DST Women-Scientist Scheme-A Grant for “Commensal in Conflict: Understanding the ecological and social impacts of free-ranging domestic dogs on native wildlife and local communities in the Upper Spiti Landscape” (2015).
International Foundation for Science Grant for “Assessing the threats to wildlife and local communities by free ranging dog population in the Upper Spiti Landscape, Himachal Pradesh, India” (2012).
ATREE-NORAGRIC Small Grant for “Fleshy fruit use and land use land cover change in a semi-arid landscape in western India” (2010).

Awards/Fellowships:
2015-2018: DST Women Scientist Scheme - A fellowship for Project Investigator for grant titled “Commensal in Conflict: Understanding the ecological and social impacts by free-ranging domestic dogs on native wildlife and local communities in the Upper Spiti Landscape”
2015: Bursary to attend Student Conference in Conservation Science (SCCS), Cambridge
2015: Funding from Miriam Rothschild Internship program and SCCS Cambridge for three week research internship at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
2014: Shivarama Karanth Conservation Award for the best talk at Student Conference in Conservation Science (SCCS), Bangalore 2014.
2005-2006: Junior Research Fellowship award in the project “All India, Monitoring tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat”
2003-2005: Fellowship & funding for the Master’s course (Wildlife Science) by the Wildlife Institute of India (an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India).
2003: Recipient of Aparajita Memorial Award, Presidency College, Kolkata, India for obtaining the highest marks in BSc examination in the Dept. of Zoology.

Publications:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chandrima_Home2