Koustubh Sharma

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High Altitude Scientist, talking about Snow Leopards

I did my Masters in Physics from the University of Bhopal. It was during this period that I also conducted a small study on the avian fauna of Bhopal, and developed my first stand-alone software to help identify birds. This led to my association with BNHS where I later joined as a Research Analyst. I carried out field research for four years in Panna National Park on Ecology, Distribution and Behaviour of Four-horned antelope and obtained my PhD from the Mumbai University.

My academic interests lie in quantitative ecology, population ecology, conservation biology, and ecological and GIS modeling. Study designs, data analyses, developing application algorithm for specific, and training are my inclinations in addition to conducting field work in remote locations.Apart from conducting field research and helping several research projects, I have delivered several lectures and interactive talks on wildlife and environment related issues. I have conducted several training workshops for capacity building of field workers, researchers and officers in various countries.

I now work with the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) as Regional Field Biologist, my main responsibilities are to help research planning, conduct training and field work, and help analyze research data in the various range country programs of SLT. I have recently worked with colleagues on developing protocols for monitoring snow leopards and its prey populations in Ladakh and Mongolia using detection/non-detection surveys.