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Divya Vasudev

Visiting Faculty of Environmental Studies

Ph.D. (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation), University of Florida

Divya is interested in the confluence of behaviour and wildlife conservation. She strongly believes in science-based conservation and is continuously seeking improved ways of organically moving from knowledge (science) to conservation action.

Divya obtained her Master’s in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the multi-institutional post-graduate program of Manipal Academy for Higher Education, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Wildlife Conservation Society, Centre for Wildlife Studies and National Institute for Advanced Studies, in 2006. She went on to obtain her doctoral degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida in 2013. She was a Senior Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society India Program between 2014 and 2019. In 2017, she co-founded Conservation Initiatives, a science-based conservation not-for-profit Trust, based in Northeast India. She continues to work toward conservation science and action, focussing on the Asian elephant and western hoolock gibbons, and primarily in the states of Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland in Northeast India.

Today, Divya loves listening to gibbons, can watch social interactions of elephant herds for hours, loves visiting new and exciting places, and is constantly motivated by people she meets who work, sometimes against the current, for conservation. Divya has a sense of deep gratitude for multiple brilliant scientists and conservationists who have contributed to her professional growth over the years.

  • Goswami, V. R., Vasudev, D., Joshi, B., Hait, P., & Sharma, P. (2021) Coupled effects of climatic forcing and the human footprint on wildlife movement and space use in a dynamic floodplain landscape. Science of the Total Environment, 758, 144000. DOI | In the news  
  • Vasudev, D., Goswami, V. R., & Oli, M. K. (2021) Detecting dispersal: A spatial dynamic occupancy model to reliably quantify connectivity across heterogenous conservation landscapes. Biological Conservation, 253, 108874. DOI | In the news
  • Vasudev, D., et al. (2020) Conservation opportunities and challenges emerge from assessing nuanced stakeholder attitudes towards the Asian elephant in tea estates of Assam, Northeast India. Global Ecology and Conservation, 22, e00936. DOI
  • Vasudev, D. & Goswami, V.R. (2019) A Bayesian hierarchical approach to quantifying stakeholder attitudes toward conservation in the presence of reporting error. Conservation Biology, 34, 515–526. DOI 
  • Joshi, B., Syiem, B.L.N., Kuotsu, K., Menon, A., Gogoi, J., Goswami, V.R. & Vasudev, D. (2019) Records of the marbled cat Pardofelis marmorata and the Asiatic golden cat Catopuma temminckii from the community forests surrounding Dzükou Valley in Nagaland, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 11, 14363–14367. DOI | In the news
  • Goswami, V. R., Yadava, M. K., Vasudev, D., Prasad, P. K., Sharma, P. & Jathanna, D. (2019) Towards a reliable assessment of Asian elephant population parameters: the application of photographic spatial capture–recapture sampling in a priority floodplain ecosystem. Scientific Reports, 9, 8578. DOI 
  • Syiem, B. L. N., Goswami, V. R. & Vasudev, D. (2018) “In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings”: Woodlands in an agricultural matrix maintain functionality of a wintering bird community. PLoS ONE 13, e0201657. DOI | In the news
  • Goswami, V. R. & Vasudev, D. (2017, invited article) Triage of conservation needs: the juxtaposition of conflict mitigation and connectivity considerations in heterogeneous, human-dominated landscapes. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4, 144. DOI | In the news
  • Vasudev, D. & Fletcher, R. J. (2015) Incorporating movement behavior into conservation prioritization in fragmented landscapes: an example of western hoolock gibbons in Garo Hills, India. Biological Conservation, 181, 124-132. DOI
  • Vasudev, D., Fletcher, R. J., Goswami, V.R. & Krishnadas, M. (2015) From dispersal constraints to landscape connectivity: lessons from species distribution modeling. Ecography, 38, 967–978. DOI 

Member, IUCN–Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group
Councilor, Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Member, IUCN–Section on Small Apes
Member, Society for Conservation Biology
Handling Editor, Conservation Biology

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