PhD Scholar and Dr. Ravi Sankran Fellow
Supervisor: Dr. JagdishKrishnaswamy, Senior Fellow, ATREE
My broad research interest lies in river biodiversity and conservation. I am interested in the community ecology and biogeography of tropical freshwater fishes.Freshwater occupies only a very tiny fraction of the earth’s surface, yet it is the repository of nearly half of all vertebrate species on earth. Fishes, for instance, are the most dominant group, exhibiting enormous diversity of shape and size, occupying an extraordinary array of habitats.
Freshwater habitats provide a multitude of ecosystem services but are under severe stress due to various anthropogenic pressures. Habitat alteration, pollution, species invasion and diversion of water for human consumption etc have brought many aquatic species to the brink of extinction. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to quantify the magnitude of such change for their conservation. My research is focused understanding the patterns of diversity in both disturbed as well as relatively less disturbed habitats. In addition to this, I am trying to understand the effects of hydrological barrier (in the form of small check dams) and pollution levels, on fish composition within, and across, river systems. I am carrying out my study in the central part of the Western Ghats, especially in the Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka and Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa.
MSc Wildlife Science (Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.Saurashtra University Rajkot, Gujarat, 2005)
BSc Forestry (College of Agriculture,Dapoli, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidypeeth,Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, 2002)
Fellowships and Awards
Atkore, V. M., K. Sivakumar and A. J.T. Johnsingh.2012. Diversity distribution and conservation status of freshwater fishes in the Shivaliks Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India. ISBN 978-3-8473-0190-5.Pp 78. (www.lap-publishing.com)
Y.V. Jhala, Q.Qureshi and R. Gopal. 2005. Monitoring tigers, co- preadators, prey and their habitats. Second ed, rev. Technical publication of Project Tiger Directorate, New Delhi and Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Narayan Bhure and Vidyadhar M. Atkore.English to Marathi tranlslation of a field guide for forest guards.
1. Atkore, V. M., K. Sivakumarand A. J. T. Johnsingh.2011. Patterns of diversity and conservation status of freshwater fishes in the tributaries of river Ramganga in the Shiwaliks of the Western Himalaya. Current Science 100(5): 731-736.
2. Knight, J.D.M., K. R. Devi and V. Atkore.2011. Systematic status of Systomus rubrotinctius Jerdon (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) with notes on the Puntius arulius group of fishes. Journal of Threatened Taxa 3(4):1686-1693.
3. Atkore, V.M, K. Sivakumar, and A.J.T. Johnsingh. 2007. Length-weight relationship and relative condition factor of juvenile golden mahseer Tor Putitora (Hamilton 1822), in the tributaries of Ramganga River, Uttarakhand.Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 104 (2): 161-164.
1. AnirudhDatta Roy, Ashok K. Mallick, Ishan Agarwal, Jahnavi Joshi, Sandhya Sekar, Sneha Vijayakumar, Varun Torsekar, Vidyadhar Atkore, Vijayakumar, S. P. 2010. Inventory of faunal diversity in the proposed Gundia Hydro Electric Project sites, Gundia basin, Hassan District, Karnataka. Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.
2. Jhala Y. V., Qureshi Q., Raza R., Bharadwaj M., Jena J., Prudhvi Raj P.G., Das U.N., Swain K., Atkore V. M., Singh R.K.J. 2006. Habitat occupancy and abundance of tigers in Panna Tiger Reserve, MP. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun
3. Atkore, V. M. 2005. Conservation status of fishes with special reference to Golden mahseer Tor putitora in the tributaries of Ramganga River, Uttaranchal.M.Sc. dissertation towards partial fulfillment of MSc degree in Wildlife Science.
4. Atkore, V.M. 2005. Himalayan butterflies. A status survey report submitted to H.N.B. Garhwal University Srinagar, Uttaranchal. Aug - Sept 2005.
5. Atkore, V.M. 2005. Bird survey along the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers, Uttaranchal, India. A status report submitted to H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar, and Uttaranchal. Nov- Dec 2005.
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