My research spans four key domains: Landscape Sustainability Science, Ecosystem Services and Human Wellbeing, Conservation and Livelihoods, and Global Environmental Change.
My core research interests include -
a) the monitoring and analysis of environmental change over space and time and its relevance for landscape conservation,
b) understanding patterns and processes that are drivers of change in human-environmental interactions,
c) addressing questions of sustainable land use with a focus on conservation and livelihoods,
d) advances in remote sensing and GIS especially open source and its potential application for citizen science and environmental monitoring.
I am keen on being a researcher and educator who engages in activities that target science, policy, practice and outreach.
My PhD research aims to understand the spatio-temporal trends & patterns in forest-agricultural land use/land cover and linked provisioning ecosystem services in a protected area in South India. For this, I use both natural and social sciences methods - remote sensing and GIS, time series and geo-computation skills, land surveys, vegetation assessment, interviews and focus group discussions to examine underlying concerns of sustainable land use and people-PA conflicts and co-existence.
Doctoral Advisory Committee:
M.Sc. Environmental Science, (2011), Institute of Science, University of Mumbai
B.Sc. Life Science, (2008), Sophia College, University of Mumbai
- Professional Networks:
Member, Women in Geospatial +
Member, Global Land Programme (GLP)
Member, Young Ecosystem Service Specialists (YESS)
Member, Landscape Research Group (LRG)
Member, American Geophysical Unit - Advancing Earth and Space Sciences (AGU)
Member, International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Nature Systems (CHANS)
Member, Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE)
Co-Founder and on current Editorial Board (along with a group of other young researchers at ATREE Research Assistants, Research Associates, Interns, PhD students), ATREE Young Researchers Network Blog
(2019) Poster presentation on – “Changing forest-agricultural dynamics and provisioning ecosystem services under climatic variability and institutional change: A Case of a Tropical Tiger Reserve in India” at the Central Indian Landscape Symposium, Melghat, Maharashtra.
(2012) Poster presentation on “Monitoring and Evaluating Land Use/Land Cover using remote sensing and geographic information system as a tool – A participatory approach” at Students Conference of Conservation Science, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
- Grants, Awards, and Fellowships:
Education Grant (Aug 2015 to Aug 2020), Tata Education Trust
Green Lead Fellowship, to support the project “Citizen Science: Assessing its potential and capacity building for the environment” along with team member Parveen Shaikh
Lectureship (Environmental Science), State Eligibility Test, Maharashtra
- Peer-reviewed Publications:
A. Peer-reviewed Publications
Sreejith, K. A., Sreekumar, V. B., Prashob, P., Nita, S., Prejith, M. P., & Sanil, M. S. (2020). A checklist of angiosperm flora of low elevation lateritic hills of northern Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 12(9), 16077-16098. Shashidharan, N. and Quadros, G. (2013). Bridging gaps: Open Source geospatial technology as a public participatory tool for landscape assessment. In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Biodiversity: Status and Challenges in Conservation – ‘FAVEO’ 2013, 224-229. ISBN: 978-81-923628-1-6
- Book Contributions:
Subject Expert, (2018 - 2019).Green World - 101 Things to Do Series on Earth, Plant, Animals, Water, Air. Puffin Publication (5 books).
- Print and Online Popular Articles:
Shashidharan, N. Of Land and Rights. 2019. ATREE Young Researchers Network Blog.
Shashidharan, N. & Warrier, D. On Birds and Databases. Hornbill. July-September, 2013. PP 27-30. Print.
Shashidharan, N. 'Trees For All-The Importance of Green Cover'. The Green Runner. 1(1). November 2012. GreenLine e-newsletter.