Dr. G. Christopher

(Specialization: Ecology & Biodiversity)

 A graduate from Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirapally, Tamil Nadu; MSW from PG Department of Social Work, Bishop Heber College, Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirapally, Tamil Nadu; M. Phil. from School of Social Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, Tamil Nadu; Ph.D. in Forestry, from Forest Research Institute (FRI), Deemed University, Dhera Dun. Worked as Manager (Ecology & Biodiversity) in Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) Campus, Anand, Gujarat from: April 2009 - Oct 2009; Programme Executive in Palmyrah Workers Development Society (PWDS), Marthandam, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu from  May 2006 - March 2009; Research Coordinator  in Loyola College of Social Sciences, Sreekaryam, Trivandrum  from January 2005 - May 2006; Programme Officer in Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development (KRPLLD), Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram from   November 1999 - December 2004 (5 years); Research Associate  in  Division of Agro-forestry, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala from March 1998 - October 1999; Project Fellow in Division of Agro-forestry, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala from  November 1996 - March 1998; Research Fellow in Division of Wildlife Biology, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala from  February 1993 - October 1996 (4 years). Teaching & Research Guidance: Ph.D. Guide for Environmental Science & Forestry at the School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala; Visiting faculty & M.Phil. Guide in the School of Social Sciences, M. G. University, Kottayam for teaching and guiding Human Ecology & Natural History specialization; Visiting faculty in the International Centre for Nano Science and Nano Technology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam for teaching Social and Environmental Ethics to M.Phil. and MS students;  Taught research methodology and guided MA Social Work and Sociology students in the Loyola College of Social Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram; Handled classes for MA students for two years in the School of Social Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. Ongoing Projects: Agrobiodiversity and Ethnobiology of Indigenous Communities in the Attapady Valley, Kerala; Livelihood Adaptations and sustainability of Indigenous Communities in the High Ranges of the Western Ghats, Kerala - under Singh-Obama Knowledge Initiative (2012-15); Human Ecological Studies of Selected Indigenous communities in the Southern Western Ghats, Kerala; Pictorial guide to the common wild flowers of Southern Western Ghats. Recently completed Research Projects: Developing a Multiple use Framework for conserving biodiversity in the mountain landscapes of the High Ranges, Western Ghats, India. UNDP-GEFF Consultancy Project July 2013; Status and distribution of Gyps Vultures in the Southern Western Ghats and the prevalence of NSAID usage in the forest fringes. Funded by CEPF-BNHS, March 2011; Evaluative study of India Eco-development Project at Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekady, Kerala, Report submitted to the Field Director, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kottayam, Dec 2010; Social Assessment of Indigenous communities in the Periyar-Agasthiamalai Landscape, Report submitted to Asian Nature Conservation Foundation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore July 2010; Biodiversity Inventorisation and Ecological Baseline assessment of Angul Micro-watershed, Anantapur District in Orissa. Foundation for Ecological Security, Bhubaneswar. Oct 2009; Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihood Improvement Project – Agasthiamalai Landscape Indicative Plan, report submitted to PEACE Consortium, New Delhi. Sept 2007. Other Professional Experiences: Organised and lead a number of nature expeditions for various groups in Tamil Nadu and Kerala; Team leader in the biodiversity baseline assessment in the Angul Micro-watershed, Orissa during 02-09 June 2009; Team leader in the bird surveys of Periyar Tiger Reserve (Feb 2008), Aralam WLS (March 08),  Coimbatore-Siruvani Division (Sept 07), South Waynad (Dec 2007) and Silent Valley NP(Oct 06); Member in the BCRILIP project for the conservation of biodiversity in the Western Ghats, headed by Mr H. S. Panwar (former Director WII) and coordinated by Prof. Rajan Gurukkal, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kotayam; Member in the expedition team for the biodiversity and threat assessment in the fringes of Periyar Tiger Reserve, along the Goodrical section during February 2006; Coordinator of the annual survey of Shore Birds in Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, 2005-2008. Published 40 papers. Visited Across the Continent of North America (from San Diego to Maine); Travelled extensively across India (Himalayas, North-eastern India, The Desert region, Deccan and the Western Ghats); South and South East Asian countries (Srilanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam) and China, Tanzania and Ethiopia in Africa.