Ayesha Prasad

Alumnus, Western Ghats

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Masters Degree in Wildlife Biology and Management, SUNY-ESF

My research interest may be best described as understanding the effects of disturbance, principally anthropogenic, on the habitats and resources of large mammals. Particularly, I seek to elucidate the impacts of such disturbance on large carnivores in their ecosystems, at the apex of their food webs. These specific interests arise from a conservation concern for these species and the forests in which they persist. Better understanding of specific impacts of these threats on large mammal populations and of the social, cultural and economic contexts that they emanate from, will guide more efficient conservation of large mammal, particularly large carnivore, habitats and populations.

My doctoral research addresses the issue of the impacts of livestock grazing on the vegetation, herbivores and carnivores. I also examined the effects of Lantana camara, a prolific exotic weed, on both the regeneration of native forest tree species, as well as on the usage of habitat patches by large herbivores. Further, I explored the ecological separation between 3 species of large herbivores, and its role in shaping the responses of these species to disturbances in their habitats.

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