Dr. Abi Tamim Vanak

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Tibor Hartel Ben C. Scheele Abi Tamim Vanak Laurențiu Rozylowicz John D. C. Linnell Euan G. Ritchie 2019 Mainstreaming human and large carnivore coexistence through institutional collaboration

Popular Writings

Vanak,A.T., and Belsare A. V. 2016.


Vanak,A.T.,&A.Kumar(1999). Rapid ecological assessment of Madhav National Park, Madhya Pradesh. Wildlife Protection Society of India, NewDelhi, India, 1999,
Vanak,A.T.,S.P.Vijaya kumar,D.Venugopal & V.Kapoor (2001). Inventory of the fauna and flora of the Khandige Estate, Sirumalai hills,Tamil Nadu,India. Consultancy report, Khandige Herbs and Plantations Pvt.Ltd.Chennai, India, 2001,
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Dr. Abi Tamim Vanak
Fellow (Associate Professor), Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation
Fellow (Intermediate), Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Clinical and Public Health
Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
Teaching Faculty, M.Sc. Wildlife Biology and Conservation Program, National Centre for Biological Sciences (www.ncbs.res.in)

Research interests: My broad interests are in animal movement ecology, disease ecology, OneHealth, savanna ecosystems, invasive species (both plant and animal) and wildlife in human-dominated systems. My work has spanned from studying the movement ecology of elephants, large African carnivores and savanna ecosystem dynamics, to the conservation of semi-arid savanna grasslands in peninsular India and the adaptation of mesocarnivores to human-dominated landscapes. Much of my current work focusses on the outcome of interactions between species at the interface of humans, domestic animals and wildlife in semi-arid savannas and agro-ecosystems. Model systems range from free-ranging domestic dogs in cities and villages, mesocarnivores in an agri-savanna matrix to African savanna elephant, and impacts of Prosopis juliflora. My interests in OneHealth systems and disease ecology include the dynamics of rabies transmission in multi-host systems and in understanding the role of small and medium mammals as tick hosts in the transmission dynamics of Kyasanur forest disease.

Email: avanak(at)atree(dot)org

Academic record

2008 - Ph.D. Wildlife Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA

1997 - M.Sc. Wildlife Science, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India

1995 - B.Sc. Zoology, Loyola College, Madras University, Chennai, India


Editorial Affiliations

Academic Editor: PLOSOne

Handling Editor: Conservation Biology

Associate Editor: Animal Conservation

Editor: Endangered Species Research