Ranjini Murali

Research Scholar, High Altitudes

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MSc, University of St Andrews

My fascination with the natural world began in the forests of the Western Ghats, when I used to visit these areas during my summer vacations. I first got involved in wildlife research in India by volunteering with various conservation organisations in my undergraduate days. I completed my Bachelor's in Microbiology, Zoology, and Chemistry from the St Joseph's College of Arts and Science in Bangalore. To further my interests in wildlife research, I pursued a Masters in Environmental Biology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. 

My previous research experience includes studying the acoustics of the Northern Bottlenose Whales in Iceland; estimating species richness of amphibians in the Payamino region in the Amazonian Ecuador; and studying amphibians in changing land-uses in the Annamalai hills. I previously worked as the conservation coordinator in NCF's high altitude programme. During this time I worked on a variety of  conservation issues and on conservation education, in the Trans-Himalayas . 

My current research interests are in the area of ecosystem service use in the Indian Trans-Himalayas.



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  • Popular Article
    Nono: king of the mountains
    The Hindu in School, 18 March
  • Poster
    Fungi of the Western Ghats
    Ranjini Murali, Divya Mudappa, Kalyan Varma, Hari Krishna, Robin Abraham
    supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

    PDF, 177 MB

    Cyathus, Amanita, Coprinus, Schizophyllum, Cordyceps, Omphalotus

  • Popular Article
    A morning with ‘Bloated Stomach’
    The Hindu in School, 8 May

    Link: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/a-morning-with-bloated-stomach/article4693989.ece

  • Popular Article
    Lantana I.A.S. (Invasive Alien Species)
    The Hindu in School, 7 August

    Link: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/lantana-ias-invasive-alien-species/article4996673.ece

  • Popular Article
    Strange fish in familiar waters
    The Hindu in School, 14 August

    Link: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/strange-fish-in-familiar-waters/article5019968.ece

  • Popular Article
    The land of the fungus
    The Hindu in School, 15 August

    Link: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/the-land-of-the-fungus/article3773422.ece

  • Journal Article
    Streamside amphibian communities in plantations and a rainforest fragment in the Anamalai hills, India
    Journal of Threatened Taxa 4: 2849–2856.

    PDF, 3.44 MB

    Stream amphibian communities, occupying a sensitive environment, are often useful indicators of effects of adjoining land uses. We compared abundance and community composition of anuran amphibians along streams in tea monoculture, shade coffee plantation, and a rainforest fragment in Old Valparai area of the Anamalai hills. Overall species density and rarefaction species richness was the highest in rainforest fragment and did not vary between the coffee and tea land uses. Densities of certain taxa, and consequently community composition, varied significantly among the land uses, being greater between rainforest fragment and tea monoculture with shade coffee being intermediate. Observed changes are probably related to streamside alteration due to land use, suggesting the need to retain shade tree cover and remnant riparian rainforest vegetation as buffers along streams.

    PDF: http://threatenedtaxa.org/ZooPrintJournal/2012/August/o282926viii122849-2856.pdf

  • Popular Article
    Attack of the killer fungus
    The Hindu in School, 1 August

    Link: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/attack-of-the-killer-fungus/article3709580.ece

  • Popular Article
    Friendly fungi
    The Hindu in School, 8 August

    Link: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/friendly-fungi/article3739757.ece

  • Book
    Fungus among us: An exploration of fungi in the Anamalai hills.
    Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore. 56 pages.

    PDF, 3.01 MB

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