Dr. Abi Tamim Vanak

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Journal Articles

A. T. Vanak1,2,3 & C. Home1,4 2019 Unpacking the ‘canine conundrum’
Harish Kumar Tiwari1,2,3*, Ian D. Robertson1,4, Mark O'Dea1, Jully Gogoi-Tiwari5, Pranav Panvalkar3, Rajinder Singh Bajwa6 and Abi Tamim Vanak3,7,8 2019 Validation of Application SuperDuplicates (AS) enumeration tool for free-roaming dogs (FRD) in urban settings of Panchkula Munic

Book Chapters

Vanak, A.T., A.J. Hiremath, S. Krishnan, T. Ganesh, N.D. Rai , 2017 , Filling in the (forest) blanks: the past, present and future of India’s savanna grasslands Pp 88-93 In: A.J. Hiremath, N.D. Rai, and A. Siddhartha. (eds). , Transcending boundaries. Reflecting on twenty years of action and research at ATREE. ATREE, Bangalore.


Vanak,A.T. & S.P.Goyal (1996). Survey of fruit bats in Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh , India. Final report, Wildlife Conservation Society, India program, Bangalore, India, 1996,
Vanak,A.T.(1999). Mitigating human-rhesus macaque conflict in Himachal Pradesh. Wildlife Trust of India, NewDelhi, India, 1999,
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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