- Journal Article2014Seagrasses in the age of sea turtle conservation and shark overfishingFrontiers in Marine Science 1:28. doi: 10.3389/fmars. 2014.00028.Download
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Efforts to conserve globally declining herbivorous green sea turtles have resulted in promising growth of some populations. These trends could significantly impact critical ecosystem services provided by seagrass meadows on which turtles feed. Expanding turtle populations could improve seagrass ecosystem health by removing seagrass biomass and preventing of the formation of sediment anoxia. However, overfishing of large sharks, the primary green turtle predators, could facilitate turtle populations growing beyond historical sizes and trigger detrimental ecosystem impacts mirroring those on land when top predators were extirpated. Experimental data from multiple ocean basins suggest that increasing turtle populations can negatively impact seagrasses, including triggering virtual ecosystem collapse. Impacts of large turtle populations on seagrasses are reduced in the presence of intact shark populations. Healthy populations of sharks and turtles, therefore, are likely vital to restoring or maintaining seagrass ecosystem structure, function, and their value in supporting fisheries and as a carbon sink.
- Popular Article2014Nitya in the rainforestThe Hindu in School, 16 July
- Popular Article2014From hunters to protectorsThe Hindu in School, 23 July
- Popular Article2014For the love of honeydewThe Hindu in School, 19 June
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Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Green Bee-eater, Thin Beaks
- Journal Article2014Roads emerging as a critical threat to leopards in India?Cat News 60 Spring 2014 (30)Download
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Leopards (Panthera pardus) face severe threat from poaching, loss of habitat and killing in retaliation to conflict. However, in India a new threat appears to be emerging in the form of vehicle accident mortalities. In the past 60 months 23 leopards have been recorded as killed due to road accidents in the southern Indian state of Karnataka alone. When roads overlap with important wildlife habitats, considerable scrutiny and critical conservation planning is urgently required
- Journal Article2014A case of colour aberration in Stripe-necked Mongoose Herpestes vitticollis in the Western Ghats, IndiaSmall Carnivore Conservation 50: 76-77.
- Poster2014Endemic BirdsDownload
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White-bellied Shortwing, White-bellied Treepie, Rufous Babbler, Nilgiri Pipit, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Black and Orange Flycatcher, Grey-breasted Laughing Thrush, Broad-tailed Grassbird, Malabar Crested Lark, Malabar Parakeet, Tamil
- Popular Article2014Meat momos for everyone!The Hindu in School, 13 August
- Journal Article2014Photographic records of the Ratel Mellivora capensis from the southern Indian state of KarnatakaSmall Carnivore Conservation, 50, 42-44.
Understanding about the occurrence and distribution of the Ratel Mellivora capensis from the Indian subcontinent is hindered by the animal’s elusive nature. The first photographic evidence of Ratel for the southern Indian state of Karnataka comprises 41 camera-trap records from Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. During January–March 2014, Ratels were detected in the sanctuary’s different forest types broadly in proportion to camera-trapping effort therein. A wider occupancy survey, using a range of methods including camera-trapping, would help obtain a better understanding of the distribution of this cryptic species in Karnataka and neighbouring regions.
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Stork-bellied Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Waterproof Plumage, Tamil
- Art & Literary2014Madagascar, Through the Looking GlassEarthLines, March 2014, 8: 59-64.
- Poster2014Flora of the Western Ghatssupported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership FundDownload
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Cauliflory, Cullenia Exarillata, Baccaurea, Ficus Hispida, Thottea Dingoi, Flagelliflory, Diospyros Bourdiuonii
- Popular Article2014A Hydra-headed plantThe Hindu in School, 26 November
- Popular Article2014Marmot in mealsSAEVUSDownload
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Talks about dog depredation in the snow leopard habitat.
- Journal Article2014Assessing leopard occurrence in the plantation landscape of Valparai, Anamalai HillsCurrent Science 107: 1381-1385.Download
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Available from this link: http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/107/09/1381.pdf
- Popular Article2014Integrating ecology and economyThe Hindu, Op-ed Comment Page, 3 July 2014, page 9.
For almost every destructive project, there are often alternatives that cause less harm to environment and local communities, and can provide overall long-term benefits.
Available here: http://www.thehindu.cojamam/opinion/op-ed/integrating-ecology-and-econoajmy/article6170535.ece
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Tea, Eucalyptus, Cardamom, Teak, Coffee, Rufous Babbler, Pied Bushchat, Tamil
- Popular Article2014Survival of the fittestThe Hindu (Young World), 8 July
- Poster2014Snakes of the Western Ghatssupported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership FundDownload
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Common Vine Snake(Ahaetulla Nasuta), Ornate Flying Snake(Chrysopelea Ornata), The Wynad Shieldtail(Melanophidium Wynaudense), Olive Forest Snake(Rhabdops Olivaceus), Western Kukri Snakes(Oligodon Affinis)