Publications 2015

THEME I: Community, forest and wildlife ecology

Baskaran, N and Sukumar, R. (2015). State of the Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus Linnaeus 1758) and its Habitat in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Southern India. Animal Diversity, Natural History and Conservation, Vol. 5, 367–378.

Biesmeijer, J.C., Madhusudan, M.D., Sankaran, M., Krishnadas, M., Baruah, D., Budruki, M., Isvaran, K., Jayapal, R., Joshi, J., Karanth, K.K., Krishnaswamy, J., Kumar, R., Mukherjee, S., Nagendra, H., Niphadkar, M., Owen, N., Page, N., Prasad, S., Quader, S., Nandini, R., Robin, V., Sait, S.M., Shah, M.A., Somanathan, H., Srinivasan, U., Sundaram, B. (2015). Perceptions of priority issues in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems in India. Biological Conservation, 187, 201-211.

Chelliah, K. and Sukumar, R. (2015). Interplay of male traits, male mating strategies and female mate choice in the Asian elephant, Elephas maximus. Behaviour, 152, 1113–1144.

Madhusudan, M.D., Sharma, N., Raghunath, R., Baskaran, N., Bipin, C.M., Gubbi, S., Johnsingh, A.J.T., Kulkarni, J., Kumara, H.N., Mehta, P., Misra, A., Pillay, R. and Sukumar, R. (2015). Distribution, relative abundance, and conservation status of Asian elephants in Karnataka, southern India. Biological Conservation, 187, 34–40.

Naniwadekar, R., Shukla, U., Isvaran, K., and Datta, A. (2015). Reduced hornbill abundance associated with low seed arrival and altered recruitment in a hunted and logged tropical forest. PloS one, 10(3), e0120062.

Ramachandra, T.V., Subash Chandran, M.D., Joshi, N.V., and Boominathan (2015). Sustainability of livelihood resources in Central west coast, Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka, India, Chapter 15, Section V, In: Traditional Environmental Knowledge and biodiversity, Pati R N, Shkla S, Chanza L (Eds.), Sarup Book Publishers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, pp. 397-415.

Ramachandra, T.V., Subash Chandran, M.D., Joshi, N.V., Karthick, B. and Mukri, V.D. (2015). Ecohydrology of Lotic Ecosystems of Uttara Kannada, Central Western Ghats, In: Ramkumar, M., Kumaraswamy, K. and Mohanraj, R. (Eds.). Environmental management of River Basin ecosystems, Springer Earth System Sciences, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-13425-3_29.

Ramachandra, T.V., Subash Chandran, M.D., Rao, G. R, Mukri, V.D. and Joshi, N.V. (2015). Floristic diversity in Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka, Chapter 1, In: Biodiversity in India-Vol. 8, Pullaiah and Sandhya Rani (Eds), Regency publications, New Delhi, pp. 1-87.

Reddy, P.C. Sinha, I., Kelkar, A., Habib, F., Pradhan, S.J., Sukumar, R. and Galande, S. (2015). Comparative sequence analyses of genome and transcriptome reveal novel transcripts and variants in the Asian elephant Elephas maximus. Journal of Biosciences, 40, 891-907.

Schmidt, A. K. D. and Balakrishnan, R. (2015). Ecology of acoustic signalling and the problem of masking interference in insects. J. Comp. Physiol. A 201, 133-142. (Review article).

Sekar, N., and Sukumar, R. (2015). Asian elephants are amongst the top three frugivores of two tree species with easily edible fruit. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 31, 385–394.

Sekar, N., Lee, C., and Sukumar, R. (2015). In the elephant’s seed shadow: the prospects of domestic bovids as replacement dispersers of three tropical Asian trees. Ecology, 96, 2093–2105.

Subash Chandran, M.D., Ramachandra, T.V., Joshi, N.V., Akhil, C.A., Rao, G.R. and Mukri, V.D. (2015). Conservation and Resource Augmentation of Medicinal Plants in Karikanamma Forest, Honavar Forest Division, Uttara Kannada District, Sahyadri Conservation Series 49, ENVIS Technical Report 94, CES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012.

THEME II: Animal behaviour and evolution

Ranganathan, Y., Bessière J-M., Borges, R. M. (2015). A coat of many scents: Cuticular hydrocarbons in multitrophic interactions of fig wasps with ants. Acta Oecologica, 67, 24-33.

Sekar, S. and Karanth, P.K. (2015). Does size matter? Comparative population genetics of two butterflies with different Wingspans. Organisms Diversity and Evolution, DOI 10.1007/s13127-015-0214-x

Agarwal, I. and Karanth, P.K. (2015). A phylogeny of the only ground-dwelling radiation of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata, Gekkonidae): diversification of Geckoella across peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 82 (2015): 193-199.

Ashalakshmi, N. C., K. S. Chetan Nag, K. S., Karanth, P. K. (2015). Molecules support morphology: species status of South Indian populations of the widely distributed Hanuman langur. Springer, Conserv Genet DOI 10.1007/s10592-014-0638-4

Barley, A.J., Datta-Roy, A., Karanth, P.K. and Brown., R.M. (2015). Sun skink diversification across the Indian–Southeast Asian biogeographical interface. Journal of Biogeography, 42, .2 (2015): 292-304.

Borges, R. M. (2015). Fruit and Seed Volatiles: Multiple Stage Settings, Actors and Props in an Evolutionary Play. Journal of the Indian Institute of Science, 95:1 Jan.–Mar. 2015,

Borges, R. M. (2015). How mutualisms between plants and insects are stabilized. Current Science, 108(10), 1862-1868.

Borges, R. M. (2015). How to be a fig wasp parasite on the fig–fig wasp mutualism. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 8, 1–7 doi:10.1016/j.cois.2015.01.011.

Chanam, J., Kasinathan, S., Pramanik G.K., Jagdeesh, A., Joshi, K.A., and Borges, R. M. (2015). Foliar extrafloral nectar of Humboldtia brunonis (Fabaceae), a paleotropical ant-plant, is richer than phloem sap and more attractive than honeydew. Biotropica, 47(1), 1-5.

Deepak, V. Vyas, R., Giri, V. B and Karanth, P.K. (2015). A taxonomic mystery for more than 180 years: the identity and systematic position of Brachysaura minor (Hardwicke & Gray, 1827). Vertebrate Zoology, 65 (3): 371– 381.

Gadagkar, R. (2015). How Should Biologists Engage With Controversial Mathematical Theory? Current Science, 108, 1869-1873.
Gadagkar, R. (2015). Open Peer Review. F1000 Research, 12-13.

Gadagkar, R. (2015). Cooperation. In: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier, (ed.) Reedijk,J., Waltham, MA, pp.1-2.

Gadagkar, R. (2015). The Family System of a Social Wasp. In: The Family Emotional System – An Integrative Concept for theory, Science and Practice. (Eds.) Noone, R.J. and Papero, D.V, Lexington Books, Boulder, pp.161-183.

Karanth, P.K. (2015). An island called India: phylogenetic patterns across multiple taxonomic groups reveal endemic radiations. Current Science, 108(10): 1847-1851.

Krishnan, A., Ghara, M., Kasinathan, S., Pramanik, G. K., Revadi, S. and Borges, R. M. (2015). Plant reproduction traits mediate tritrophic feedback effects within an obligate brood-site pollination mutualism. Oecologia, DOI 10.1007/s00442-015-3372-9.

Mandal, S. and Gadagkar, R. (2015). Homing abilities of the tropical primitively eusocial paper wasp Ropalidia marginata. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 201, 795-802. (doi: 10.1007/s00359-015-1019-2).

Mitra, A., Nettimi, R.P., Ramachandran, A., Saha, P. and Gadagkar, R. (2015). Males and females of the social wasp Ropalidia marginata do not differ in their cuticular hydrocarbon profiles and do not seem to use any long-distance volatile mate attraction cues. Insectes Sociaux, 62, 281-289.

Raghuram, H., Deb, R., Nandi, D. and Balakrishnan R. (2015). Silent katydid females are at higher risk of bat predation than acoustically signalling katydid males. Proc. R. Soc. B 282: 20142319.

Rajaraman, K., Godthi, V., Pratap, R. & Balakrishnan, R. (2015). A novel acoustic-vibratory multimodal duet. Journal of Experimental Biology, 218, 3042-3050. doi:10.1242/jeb.122911.

THEME III: Human and Landscape Ecology

Anderson-Teixeira, K.J. et al. including Sukumar, R. (2015). CTFS-Forest GEO: a worldwide network monitoring forests in an era of global change. Global Change Biology, 21, 528–549.

Chanakya H.N., Shwetmala and Ramachandra, T.V. (2015). Nature and extent of unauthorized waste dump sites in and around Bangalore city, J Mater Cycles Waste Management, 17(46): 1-9, DOI 10.1007/s10163-015-0423-6.

Chitra-Tarak, R., Ruiz, L., Pulla, S., Dattaraja, H.S., Suresh, H.S. and Sukumar, R. (2015). And yet it shrinks: A novel method for correcting bias in forest tree growth estimates caused by water-induced fluctuations. Forest Ecology and Management, 336, 129-136.

Han, S.S., Wang, Y.Q., Ramachandra, T.V. and Qin, B. (2015). The Impact of Spatial Parameters on Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions: A Comparative Study between Cities in China and India [ARCP2011-07CMY-HAN], APN Science Bulletin, Issue 8, March 2015, pp. 6-7.

Karthick B., Nautiyal R., Kociolek, J. P., Ramachandra, T.V. (2015). Two new species of Gomphonema(Bacillariophyceae) from Doon Valley, Uttarakhand, India, Nova Hedwigia, Beiheft, 144, pp. 165–174.

Kumar, U., Mukhopahyay, C. and Ramachandra, T.V. (2015). Multi resolution spatial data mining for assessing land use patterns, Chapter 4, In: Data mining and warehousing, SudeepElayidom (Eds), CENGAGE Learning, India Pvt Ltd., pp. 97-138.

Mondal, N. and Sukumar, R. (2015). Regeneration of juvenile woody plants after fire in a seasonally dry tropical forest of southern India. Biotropica, 47, 330–338.

Pulla, S., Ramaswami, G., Mondal, N., Chitra-Tarak, R., Suresh, H.S., Dattaraja, H.S., Vivek, P., Parthasarathy, N., Ramesh, B.R. and Sukumar, R. (2015). Assessing the resilience of global seasonally dry tropical forests. International Forestry Review, 17, 91-113.

Ramachandra, T.V., Asulabha, K.S., Sincy, V., Bhat, S. and Aithal, B.H. (2015). Wetlands: Treasure of Bangalore, ENVIS Technical Report 101, Energy & Wetlands Research Group, CES, IISc, Bangalore, India, pp.512.

Ramachandra T.V., Mahapatra, D.M., Subash Chandran, M.D., Sincy, V., Asulabha, K.S., Rao, G.R., Mukri, V.D. and Akhil, C.A. (2015). Rejuvenation and Sustainable Management of Gokarna Temple Pond - Kotiteertha, ENVIS Technical Report 99, Sahyadri Conservation series 52, CES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, pp. 65.

Ramachandra, T.V., Aithal, B.H. and Sreejith, K. (2015). GHG footprint of major cities in India, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 44 (2015) 473–495,

Ramachandra, T.V. and Aithal, B.H. (2015). Wetlands: Kidneys of Bangalore’s Landscape, National wetlands, 37:12-16.

Ramachandra, T.V. and Hegde, G. (2015). Appraisal of Centralised and Decentralised Energy Systems, Electrical India, 55(11): November 2015, pp.118-131.

Ramachandra, T.V. and Hegde, G. (2015). Decentralised renewable energy options for Western Ghats, MGIRED Journal, 1(1):24-43, Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Energy and Development.

Ramachandra T.V. and Batra, M. (2015). Bridges Over Water:Understanding Transboundary Water Conflict, Nego-tiation and Cooperation, Second Edi-tion. Ariel Dinar et al. World Scientific Series on Environmental and Energy Economics and Policy, World Scientific Publishing Co Pte. Ltd, 5 Toh Tuck Link, Singapore, Current Science, 109(11):2139-2142.

Ramachandra, T.V., Joshi, N.V., Rao, G.R., Dhanpal, G., Gururaja, K.V., Yadav, A.S. (2015). Ecological Status of Three Micro Watersheds in Western Himalaya, Indian Forester (special Issue on Himalayan Ecology and Biodiversity), 140(4): 331-347,

Ramachandra. T.V. and Mahapatra, D.M. (2015). The Science of Carbon Footprint Assessment, Chapter 1, In: The Carbon Footprint Handbook, Subramanian S. KannanMuthu (Eds.), CRC Press (Taylor and Francis), pp. 3-44.

Ramachandra, T.V. and Hegde, G. (2015). Scope for decentralised energy systems in India, in Synergy with Energy, Kaushal Shah (eds.), pp. 36-43, Saket Projects, Ahmedabad.

Ramachandra, T.V., Vinay, S. and Aithal, B.H. (2015). Detrimental landuse changes in Agara-Belllandur wetland, ENVIS Technical Report 95, CES, IISc, Bangalore, India, pp. 78.

Ramachandra, T.V., Asulabha, K.S., Sincy, V., Vinay, S., Aithal, B.H., Bhat, S.P. and Mahapatra, D.M. (2015). Pathetic status of wetlands in Bangalore: Epitome of inefficient and uncoordinated Governance, ENVIS Technical Report 93, CES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, pp. 725.

Ramachandra, T.V., Asulabha, K.S., Sincy, V., Vinay, S., Bhat, S.P. and Aithal, B.H. (2015). Sankey Lake: Waiting for an immediate sensible action, ENVIS Technical Report 74, CES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, pp. 145.

Ramachandra, T.V., Vinay, S., and Aithal, B.H. (2015). Environmental Flow Assessment in Yettinaholé: Where is 24 TMC to divert?, Sahyadri Conservation Series 48, ENVIS Technical Report 91, CES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, India, pp. 65.

Ramachandra, T.V., Hegde, G., Subash Chandran, M.D., Kumar, T.A. and VishnumayanandaSwamiji (2015). SMART Ragihalli: Effort towards Self-reliant & Self-sufficient system empowering Man power (rural youth) with Appropriate Rural Technologies, ETR 90, Energy & Wetlands Research Group, CES, Indian Institute of Science , Bangalore, pp. 82.

Ramachandra, T.V., Bhat, H.R., Aithal, B.H., Rao, G.R., Bhat, S.P., Vinay S., Hegde, G., Kulkarni, G., and Mukri, V.D. (2015). Biodiversity, Ecology, Energy, Landscape Dynamics and Hydrology of Agastya Foundation Campus, Kuppam, ENVIS Technical Report 89, CES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, pp. 99.

Ramachandra, T.V., Bhat, S.P., Asulabha, K.S., Sincy, V., Kruthika, L. and Rahaman, M.F. (2015). Fish mortality in Jakkur lake: Causes and Remedial Measures, ENVIS Technical Report 86, CES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, pp. 58.

Ramachandra, T.V., Aithal, B.H., Vinay, S., Setturu, B., Asulabha, K.S., Sincy, V. and Bhat, S.P. (2015). Vanishing Lakes Interconnectivity & Violations in Valley Zone: Lack of Co-ordination among Para-State Agencies, ENVIS Technical Report 85, CES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, pp. 112.

Ramachandra, T.V., Subash Chandran, M.D., Joshi, N.V., Rao, G.R., Mukri, V.D. and Naik, S. (2015). Forest Status and Medicinal Flora Studies in Jankadkal and Shirgunji MPCA Area, Uttara Kannada, Sahyadri Conservation Series 46, ENVIS Technical Report 84, CES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, India, pp. 77.

Ramachandra, T.V., Ashisar, A.H., Shri ShriGangadharendraSaraswatiSamiji, Subhash Chandran, M.D., Bhat, H.R., Krishnamurthy, H., Khan, M.A., Sreevidya, Krishna,V.R., Mesta, P., Aithal, B.H., Ray, R., Mahapatra, D.M., Hegde, G., Rao, G.R., Balachandran, C., Vinay, S., Kulkarni, G., Bhat, S., Settur, B., Boominathan, M., Asulabha, K.S, Sincy, V., Tara, N.M., Naik, G., Mukri, V. and Naik, S. (2015). Conservation and Sustainable Management of Wetland Ecosystems in Western Ghats, Sahyadri Conservation Series 47, ETR 87: LAKE 2014 Proceedings, ENVIS technical report, CES, IISc, Bangalore, pp. 662.

Ramachandra, T.V., Aithal, B.H., Vinay, S., Rao, V.K. and. Joshi, N.V. (2015). Geospatial scenario based modelling of urban revolution in five major cities in India, Proceedings of 31st Annual Symposium on Space, Science and Technology, 8-9 January 2015, ISRO-IISc Space Technology Cell, pp. 15-22.

Ray, R., Subash Chandran, M.D. and Ramachandra T.V. (2015). Hydrological importance of sacred forest fragments in Central Western Ghats of India, Tropical Ecology, 56(1): 87-99.

Sellers, J.M. Aithal, B.H., Jingnan, H., Kumar, U., MingjunPeng, Ramachandra, T.V. and Yong, L. (2015). Mega-Regional Development and Environmental Change in China and India [ARCP2013-22nMY-sellers], APN Science Bulletin, Issue 4, March 2014, pp. 116-118.
Slik, F. et al. including Sukumar, R. (2015). An estimate of the number of tropical tree species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 112, 7472-7477.

Subash Chandran, M.D., Rao, G.R. and Ramachandra T.V. (2015). Conservation of fragmented forests in Banavasi Range, Sirsi Forest Division, Kanara Circle,, Sahyadri Conservation Series 50, ENVIS Technical Report 97, CES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, pp. 34.

THEME IV: Climate Change

Dearing, J.A. et al. including Sukumar, R. (2015). Social-ecological systems in the Anthropocene: The need for integrating social and biophysical records at regional scales. The Anthropocene Review, 1–27 DOI: 10.1177/2053019615579128.

Rashid, I., Romshoo, S.A., Chaturvedi, R.K., Ravindranath, N.H., Sukumar, R., Jayaraman, M., Vijaya Lakshmi, T., Sharma, J. (2015). Projected Climate Change Impacts on Vegetation Distribution over Kashmir Himalayas. Climatic Change, 132, 601–613.

THEME V: Conservation Outreach, Training and Education

Gadagkar, R. (2015). Solve local problems. Nature, 521, pp.153.
Ramaswamy, K. (2015). Centre for Contemporary Studies. Connect, IISc, Volume 2, Issue 1

Aithal, B.H., Bhat, V. and Ramachandra, T.V. (2015). Spatial patterns of urban growth with globalisation in India’s Silicon Valley, National Conference on Open Source GIS: Opportunities and Challenges, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT (BHU), Varanasi.; 10/2015.

Dinesh, K.P., Vijayakumar, S.P., Channakeshavamurthy, B.H., Torsekar, V.R., Kulkarni, N.U. and Shanker, K. (2015). Systematic status of Fejervarya (Amphibia, Anura, Dicroglossidae) from South and SE Asia with the description of a new species from the Western Ghats of Peninsular India. Zootaxa.

Dutton, P.H. and Shanker, K. (2015). Genetic studies of leatherback turtles: phylogeny, phylogeography and population genetics. In: Biology of leatherback turtles (eds. J.R. Spotila et al.). Johns Hopkins Press, USA.

Namboothri, N., Swaminathan, A. and Shanker, K. (2015). Olive ridley mass nesting at Cuthbert Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Middle Andaman Island, Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter 21: 7-9.

Nel, R., Shanker, K. and Hughes, G. (2015). Leatherbacks in the Indian Ocean. In: Biology of leatherback turtles (eds. J.R. Spotila et al.). Johns Hopkins Press, USA.

Ramachandra T.V., Subash Chandran, M.D., Joshi N.V., and Boominathan (2015). Sustainability of livelihood resources in Central west coast, Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka, India, Chapter 15, Section V, In: Traditional Environmental Knowledge and biodiversity, Pati R N, Shkla S, Chanza L (Eds.), Sarup Book Publishers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, pp. 397-415.

Ramachandra, T.V. (2015). Tree auditing and carbon footprint of Bangalore, lecture notes of One week (5-9 Oct) compulsory training course on ‘Managing Green Spaces for Urban Biodiversity and ecosystem services, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, pp. 1-4.

Ramachandra, T.V. (2015). Exploration of Sustainable sources of energy, 10th august 2015, in the proceedings of One day national seminar on Recent trends in environmental biotechnology and sustainable energy, organised by PG Department of Studies in Biotechnology and Microbiology, Karnatak University, Dharwad, pp. 1-3.

Ramachandra, T.V. (2015). Conservation and sustainable management of wetlands. Compendium of the consultative workshop on restoring wetlands in Tamilnadu, Organised by Conservation Authority of Pallikaranai Marshland, Chennai and Tamilnadu Forest Department, pp. 1-12.

Setturu, B., Rajan, K.S. and Ramachandra, T.V. (2015). FOSS4G: FOSS4G: Prediction of forest cover transitions in Uttara Kannada, Central Western Ghats, OSGEO-India: FOSS4G 2015 - Second National Conference "Open source geospatial tools in climate change research and natural resources management” 8-10th June 2015, DEHRADUN, INDIA; 06/2015.

Shanker, K. (2015). From soup to superstar: the story of sea turtle conservation along the Indian coast. Harper Collins India.

Vijaykumar, S.P. and Shanker, K. (2015). Lizards of the Western Ghats: a distributional atlas. Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Vijaykumar, S.P., K.P. Dinesh and Shanker, K. (2015). Frogs of the Western Ghats: a distributional atlas. Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Vijaykumar, S.P. and Shanker, K. (2015). Lizards of the Western Ghats: a distributional atlas. Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.