Sabuj Bhattacharyya

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Post Doctorate
Name: Sabuj Bhattacharyya

I have received an undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Calcutta in 2004 and a postgraduate degree in Zoology with specialization in Environmental Biology from the Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan in 2006. Thereafter, I joined as a research fellow in Wildlife Institute of India to study the influence of climatic fluctuation and anthropogenic pressures on abundance of alpine mammals and birds. In 2008, I enrolled for Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. B.S. Adhikari and Dr. G.S. Rawat at Wildlife Institute of India to study the habitat and behavioural ecology of a high altitude lagomorph (relative of rabbit) Royle’s Pika (Ochotona roylei) in Western Himalaya. After finishing Ph.D., I joined Dr. Farah Ishtiaq at CES as a DBT-IISC research associate to study population genetics using Royle’s pika as a model system.

My broad research interests include alpine small mammal ecology and behaviour with emphasis on occupancy pattern, survival and its response to climatic fluctuations. As a recipient of Fulbright-Nehru doctoral fellowship 2010-2011 at University of Colorado, Boulder, I explored the possibility of reduced foraging efficiency in American Pikas due to climate change in the last three decades across various latitudes in Rocky Mountains using historical datasets. I was one of the recipients of the Ravi Sankaran Inlaks Foundation Internship 2012 in Conservation Biology, which aided me greatly in learning the nuances of systematic review protocols and data analysis at the Centre for Evidence Based Conservation, Bangor University,Wales,UK. My internship was focused on effective use of evidence based conservation practice in climate change research for mountain ecosystem.

Since June 2009 I am working as a member of the IUCN species survival commission (SSC) Lagomorph Specialist Group. I was one of the founding members of Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), have worked as facilitator for its education and capacity building-working group from 2012-2013.

Selected Publications: 

1. Bhattacharyya, S. and C. Ray (2016). Of plants and pikas: evidence for a climate-mediated decline in forage and cache quality. Plant Ecology and Diversity. 8(5-6), 781-794.
2. Bhattacharyya, S., S. Dutta, B. S. Adhikari and G. S. Rawat (2015). Presence of a small mammalian prey species in open habitat is dependent on refuge availability. Mammal Research. 60(4), 293-300 Doi: 10.1007/s13364-015-0234-0.
3. Bhattacharyya, S., B. S. Adhikari and G. S. Rawat (2014). Influence of microclimate on behavioural response of Royle's pika (Ochotona roylei) in Western Himalaya, India . Zoological Studies. 53:73. doi:10.1186/s40555-014-0073-8
4. Bhattacharyya, S., B. S. Adhikari and G. S. Rawat (2014). Influence of snow and habitat characteristics on abundance of Royle’s pika in Western Himalaya, India. Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Research. 46(3): 558-567.
5. Bhattacharyya, S., B. S. Adhikari and G. S. Rawat (2013). Factors affecting food selection in Royle’s pika (Ochotona roylei) in Western Himalaya, India. Zoology. 116(5):300-306.
6. Bhattacharyya, S., B. S. Adhikari and G. S. Rawat (2009). Abundance of Royle’s pika (Ochotona roylei) along an altitudinal gradient in Uttarakhand, Western Himalaya. The Italian Journal of Mammology 20(2): 111-119.


1. DBT-IISC post doctoral fellowship 2014
2. Ravisankaran Shivdasani Inlaks foundation internship in Conservation Biology 2012
3. CSIR senior research fellowship 2012-2014
4. MOEF senior research fellowship 2011-2012, 2009-2010
5. Fulbright-Nehru doctoral fellowship 2010-2011
6. MOEF junior research fellowship 2007-2009

1. Best research talk award at Student Conference on Conservation Science 2014, Peking University, China.
2. Travel award from World Lagomorph Society to participate in 4th World Lagomorph 2012 conference in Vienna, Austria.
Research Grant:

1. Pro Natura Foundation, Japan research grant 2014-2015 in conservation science
2. CSIR research grant 2012-2014

Farah Ishtiaq