Centre for DNA Taxonomy, Molecular Systematics Division
New Alipore Kolkata-700053.
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Thesis and Objective:
Conservation genetics of Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) in India
Professor Jouni Aspi
Docent Laura Kvist
Dr. Surendra Prakash Goyal
My broad research interest lies in the field of conservation genetics, wildlife forensic genetics and ecological genomics of large carnivores. Each of these areas is crucial in the context of wildlife conservation. Recent assessments of the conservation status of many wildlife species indicate an alarming rate of population decline on a global scale due to ongoing natural and anthropogenic processes. My long-term research goal is to integrate genome-wide information and evolutionary knowledge to improvise the conventional conservation genetic conclusions based on limited genome coverage to understand the effect of climate change and anthropogenic processes.
After completion of my master study in 2009 from HNB Garhwal University, India, I joined Wildlife Institute of India as master dissertation trainee with Dr. S.P. Goyal. After completion of my master dissertation, I completely changed to conservation geneticist from biotechnologist. I continued my research work with wildlife institute of India and worked mainly on the conservation genetics of large carnivores (Bengal tiger, Leopard, snow leopard and Himalayan brown bear). In 2012, I joined University of Oulu as doctoral student under supervision of Professor Jouni Aspi, Docent. Laura Kvist and Dr. S.P. Goayl. My Doctoral research work focused on the conservation genetics of Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) in India, especially in Sundarbans tiger landscape (only swampy tiger in the world and World Heritage Center) and Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) in India. I used a combination of field-based techniques and noninvasive molecular approaches to understand the tiger population genetics and demography, historical declines, connectivity and relatedness at different ecological scales. My doctoral thesis "Conservation genetics of the Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) in India" was accepted on 27th May 2017 in University of Oulu (http://jultika.oulu.fi/Record/isbn978-952-62-1566-2).
Currently I am working as National Postdoctoral Fellow (DST-NPDF) at the Centre for DNA taxonomy and Molecular Systematic Division, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata and working on the conservation genetics and metagenomics of the Asiatic Black Bear in Uttarakhand, India.