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“I chose the Conservation Ecology field of study because I feel that any kind of environmental work I plan to do should come from a place of strong ecological knowledge. This track is helping me build a baseline understanding of the processes at the root of all environmental policy, management, conservation, education, and advocacy.”

 —Daniel Buonaiuto, Conservation Ecology

Research Institute of Conservation Ecology (RICE)


  • Detailed botanical and wildlife inventories by highly skilled field naturalists
  • Classification and mapping of natural vegetation communities and habitats
  • GIS spatial analysis, cartography, and customized mapping
  • Site conservation planning for biodiversity using the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation - adaptive management framework, including the development of strategic actions, ecological indicators, and monitoring plans
  • Applied ecological research to inform land management and conservation planning
  • Analysis of potential ecological impacts from development proposals and land use scenarios
  • Baseline documentation reports and compliance monitoring for conservation easement and land trust related projects
  • Expert witness testimony at trial
  • Professional photography and videography
  • Aerial photography & land mapping using drones- including high-resolution, current orthophotos, 3D models, and digital surface models


  • Exploration of plant  and animal diversity
  • Analysis and survey of Agroforestry regions of Western Ghats
  • Bat surveys using automated acoustic recorders and mist-nets
  • Camera trapping surveys of wildlife to estimate species occupancy
  • Point-count surveys of bird diversity & abundance, including distance-based density estimation
  • Small mammal, amphibian, and reptile live-trapping
  • Detection of rare and elusive animal species using noninvasive genetic sampling, including environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling
  • Analysis of wildlife monitoring data, including estimates of abundance and occupancy
  • Radio-telemetry monitoring of animal movements, including home range estimation and analysis of habitat use
  • Spatially explicit habitat modeling using GIS & Maxent software

Research themes

Conservation Ecology provides ecological inventory and conservation planning services to Western Ghats Regions.


Conservation  Biology,    Ecology,  Reproductive   Biology,     Genetics,       Human-Wildlife Interactions, and  Socio-Ecology

Research opportunities for MSc and Ph.D projects

We work with a multitude of species and communities of plants, insects, birds and mammals and in various environments that vary from heavily human-impacted landscapes (Western Ghats and  agricultural fields) to relatively undisturbed natural landscapes (e.g. salt marshes, heathlands, forests or savannas). There are plenty of options for your individual MSc and Phd research project:

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