I grew up in the concrete jungle of Capital City, Delhi. The love for wildlife provoked me to pursue Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Delhi, and develop an understanding as a naturalist and of human ecology. I started exploring nature’s hidden beauties from a fallen leaf to flying birds to mammal movement and work towards conserving these fragile beauties in human dominated landscapes.
With years of practice I developed an expertise in reading wildlife’s tracks and signs and monitoring wildlife in the field. I also worked as a field surveyor in assessing carnivore distribution in Central India and as an educator to sensitize students of city and rural backgrounds toward the importance of wildlife and the environment. Later joined the Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE), University of Delhi, and worked in the field of ecological restoration of degraded patches into full-fledged ecosystems and monitor wildlife. The experience, later utilized to provide freelance consulting to design, conduct assessment and provide conservation mitigations to several developmental projects including highways, green energies, and tourism initiatives.
The news articles about tiger sightings near Bhopal city in 2016-17 drew my interest toward this topic, that how and why tigers moving in city areas? Later I developed this into project and registered it as a Ph.D. topic.
Year: 2018 - Ongoing
Affiliation: Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun
University: Saurashtra University, Gujarat
Supervisor: Dr. B.S. Adhikari
Co-supervisor: Dr. Shekhar Kolipaka
Master's in Environmental Studies
University: Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi
Dissertation: Assessment of determinant of Human-Wildlife Conflict In Buffer zone of Panna Tiger Reserve, with particular reference to villager’s Livestock Herding and Fencing Strategies
PG Diploma in Urban Environmental Management and Law, From WWF INDIA, in Distance Mode, 2013-2014 with Grade ‘A’ (Class 1).
Training on "Social Impact Assessment (SIA) & Social Mitigation Plan (SMP)" by Biohm Consultare Pvt. Ltd.
ISRO Sponsored 2 month NNRMS Training Course on Remote Sensing & GIS in Forestry/Ecology /Wildlife/ Environmental Sciences in Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun. (2016)
“Assessment of determinants of Human-Wildlife Conflict In Buffer zone of Panna Tiger Reserve, with particular reference to villager’s Livestock Herding and Fencing Strategies” Submitted at Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi in May 2014 for partial fulfillment of Master’s Degree.
“Urban Biodiversity and Challenges: A review of Delhi” Submitted to WWF-India and National Law University, Delhi for the partial fulfillment for the award of PG Diploma in Urban Environmental Management and Law 2013-2014.
“Landscape Characterization of Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand using Geospatial techniques” submitted at Forestry and Ecology Department, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun in June 2016 for partial fulfillment of NNRMS Training Certificate Cours
Resource Trainer for All India Tiger Estimation, 2022 for MP State Forest Research Institute (2021)
Project Reviewer on the project “Involving local religious leaders in the conservation effort, 2018-2020” in Panna Landscape.
Team member on project “Fishing cat conservation in human-dominated landscape of West Bengal, 2018-2020
Resource Person at “Wildlife Conservation (including species & habitats) using Geospatial Techniques” organized by WWF & MoEFCC under Green Skill Development Program 2018 and 2021.
SMEW Ecological Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (2019-ongoing)
Domain of work: Baseline biodiversity assessment, Bird and Bat Mortality Survey, Mammal diversity survey, Ecological and Environmental Assessment for Green Energy Developments and other developmental projects.
Kolipaka Consulting Pvt. Ltd. (2014-ongoing)
Post: Field surveyor
Domain of work: Baseline biodiversity assessment, Mammal diversity survey, and camera trapping
Vanabandhu NNRMS and Eco Wild Adventure Pvt. Ltd. (2018-19)
Post: Ecologist and Manager
Domain of work: Baseline biodiversity assessment, Bird and Bat Mortality Survey, Mammal diversity survey, Tourism assessment, Educational Trip Planning, Ecological and Environmental Assessment for Green Energy Developments and other developmental projects.
Duration: July 2015 - April 2018
Project: Biodiversity Park Programme,
Organization: Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems, University of Delhi, Delhi
Project In-charge: Professor C.R. Babu
Scientist In-charge: Dr. Faiyaz A. Khudsar
o Restoration of wetlands and forest for development of Tughlaqabad Biodiversity Park.
o Environmental Education Activities for schools, colleges and other visitors.
o Environmental trainings for Teachers, Students, Forest Departments etc.
o Surveying and monitoring biodiversity in YBP and other green spaces in Delhi.
o Supervising forest community plantations and maintenance etc.
o Mapping green areas and future research areas through GIS applications.
o Tracking carnivores, monitoring with camera traps and mapping habitats.
Duration: June 2014-March 2015
Project: Satpura Tiger Landscape Project (STLP)
Organization: Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS),
Project In-charge: Sanjay Karkare
o Environmental Education Program running in schools in peripheral villages of 6 major Protected Area of Central India.
o Environmental Education Activities in Rajbhavan Biodiversity Park, Nagpur for school students and Teachers of Nagpur.
o Organizing Nature Trails; Lectures; Documentary Screening; Interacting and Training students, youths & locals.
o Communication and planning with forest department and nature enthusiast.
o Lead initial surveys of Pench - Nagzira Corridor Project.
Duration: (Dec 2013-April 2014)
Project: M.P. Caracal Project, Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Project In-charge: Dr. Shekhar Kolipaka
o Laying down and Monitoring Camera Traps & Spoor Stations
o Socio-Economic and Ecological Surveys in Panna National Park
o Good connection with local forest staff and local peoples of the area
o Independently data collection on different aspects of Human – Wildlife Conflict with special focus on “ Livestock herding-fencing Practices and traditional religious practices”
Title: First Leopard Picture in Yamuna Biodiversity Park, India.
Authors: Mohan Singh, Sameer Gautam, DP Srivastava, Pranjal Jain, Umendra Singh, Harmeek Singh, Arjun, and Faiyaz A. Khudsar
Year of Publication: Feb 2021
Journal/Newsletter: IUCN CAT NEWS
Title: First resighting since the 1940s of Siebold’s Watersnake, Ferania sieboldii (Schlegel 1837), in Delhi, India
Authors: DP Srivastava, Sameer Gautam, Umendra Singh, Debanik Mukherjee and Faiyaz A. Khudsar
Year of Publication: Feb 2020
Journal/Newsletter: Reptiles & amphibians
Title: Fishing cat conservation in human-dominated landscapes in West Bengal, India.
Authors: Shekhar S. Kolipaka, D.P. Srivastava, Shantanu Prasad, N.A. Rust.
Year of Publication: 2019
Journal/Newsletter: IUCN CAT NEWS
Title: Socio-Political Factors Amplify Livestock’s Vulnerability to Predation Incidents: Perceptions of resident livestock owners using the buffer zone of Panna Tiger Reserve, India.
Authors: Kolipaka S.S, W. Tamis, Srivastava D.P., H.H.de Iongh, Persoon G.A.
Year of Publication: 2018
Publication: Published Ph.D. thesis (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Title: Indian Spiny-tailed Lizard: First record of Saara hardwickii (GRAY, 1827) In South-Western Hisar district of Haryana, India
Author: Srivastava D.P., Chauhan A.S., Ahlawat R.
Year of Publication: 2018
Journal: Reptile Rap #187, Zoo's Print 33(10):09-14
Title: A Field Guide to Faunal Diversity of Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun,
Author: Anam Ahsan, D.P. Srivastava and Nupur Rautela.
Year of Publication: 2017
Published as: E-book on Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun Website PowerPoint Presentation (iirs.gov.in)
Title: The influence of people’s belief and local practices on conservation: A study from the multiple use buffer zone of the Panna Tiger Reserve, India.
Author: Kolipaka S.S., Persoon G., H.de longh, Srivastava D.P.
Year of Publication: 2015
Journal: Journal of Human Ecology, 52(3), 192-207
Title: Records of Albinism in Spotted Deer (Axis axis) from India: A Review with addition from Pench National Park, MP, India
Author: Sayyed Amit, Mahabal Anil and Srivastava D.P.
Year of Publication: 2015
Journal: Zoo Print
Title: Panna Drowning: Fears of a Volunteer,
Publication Year: February 2016
Newsletter: India’s Wild Newsletter Article. Panna Drowning: Fears of a Volunteer (indiawilds.com)
Title: In Danger: Natural and Cultural Heritage of Brihaspathi Kund
Publication Year: May 2019
Newsletter: India’s Wild Newsletter Article. In Danger: Natural & Cultural Heritage of Brihaspati Kund (indiawilds.com)
IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management
IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group
IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
TINSA Ecological Foundation
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