Raman Sukumar

Centre for Ecological Sciences
Research Areas: 
Wildlife ecology, tropical forest ecology, climate change and conservation
Research Highlights: 

Do you know how many Asian Elephants are killed illegally for ivory and in conflicts? How dynamic is the tropical dry forest? What does changing fire intensity do to the forest? If you were to enter the Elephant and Forest Ecology Laboratory of Dr. Raman Sukumar at IISc these are the questions that will greet and get you thinking as you walk by posters showcasing the group's work. We need to understand our forests before we intend to do anything about it. How do we know what is going wrong with the forest if one does not study how the forest has thrived over the years? What has changed, or remained the same? Who and what has caused this change? Time, space, wildlife, human disturbance and other environment factors bring about changes in the forest structure, composition and diversity. This is the undercurrent of forest ecology studies in the lab. They look at the forest and also see the forest for the trees. The Asiatic Elephant (Elephas maximus) is one animal you are not likely to miss in this lab, well not in person, but in any discussion with Dr. Sukumar or any of the students in his research team. Researchers here are working on questions on Asian elephant ecology and management, social and reproductive biology and human-elephant conflict.

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  1. Baskaran, N., and Raman Sukumar. 2015. State Of The Asian Elephant (Elephas Maximus Linnaeus 1758) And Its Habitat In Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Southern India. In Animal Diversity, Natural History and Conservation, Animal Diversity, Natural History and Conservation, V. K Gupta and Verma, A. K. Daya Publishing House, New Delhi, 367–378.
  2. Slik, F., Raman Sukumar, and . 2015. An Estimate Of The Number Of Tropical Tree Species. Proc. of the Natl. Aca. of Scs, (USA) 112: 7472-7477.