Yadvendradev Vikramsinh Jhala

Yadvendradev Vikramsinh Jhala Wiki, Age, Height, Net Worth, Girlfriend, Affairs And More: Yadvendradev Vikramsinh Jhala, popularly addressed by his family name Jhala, is an Indian scientist and conservationist. He is the current dean and a senior professor at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Over the past three decades, he has studied several Indian carnivores (wolves, lions, tiger, leopard, snow leopard, striped hyena, Indian fox, and golden jackals), herbivores (blackbuck, chital, and greater one horned rhinoceros) in tropical forest and arid ecosystems and trained a multitude of wildlife professionals across the world.

Yadvendradev Vikramsinh Jhala

Yadvendradev Vikramsinh Jhala Bio

BornFebruary 27, 1962 (age 58)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
NationalityIndian
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Smithsonian Institution
Known forCarnivore Ecology Project Tiger, Cheetah reintroduction in India,Ecology of Asiatic Lions, National Monitoring of Tigers, co-predators and their prey, Research on Carnivores of Kachchh, Gujarat, Research on Indian wolves Ecology and Population Assessment of Snow Leopard, Ladakh, Great Indian Bustard Species Recovery Program, Black Kite Project, Carnivores
Spouse(s)Rajeshwari Y. Jhala
Children2
AwardsSanctuary-RBS Wildlife Service Award, 2008Carl Zeiss Award, 2009Joint Award of Guinness World Record for the most extensive wildlife survey through trail cameras
Scientific career
FieldsPopulation ecology,Nutritional ecology, Quantitative ecology, Animal behaviour, Conservation biology, Applied Ecology,Field Research Techniques
InstitutionsWildlife Institute of IndiaSt. Xavier’s College, MumbaiVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversitySmithsonian Institution, USA
ThesisHabitat and Population Dynamics of Wolves and Blackbuck in Blackbuck National Park, [[Gujarat], India
Doctoral advisorRobert H. Giles, Jr.

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Subsequently, Jhala took over the long-term research project on Asiatic lions and brought in quantitative vigor in understanding lion ecology, behaviour and conservation. Since 2002, Jhala has been working with Project Tiger, Government of India, and has designed and led the implementation of national scale population assessments for tigers, other carnivores, ungulates and monitoring of habitats. The last national assessment of 2018-19, where he led the implementation of scientific components, was accorded a status of the Guinness world record for the largest wildlife survey with camera traps.

Jhala was instrumental in persuading the Indian Government to provide resources and commence the Conservation Breeding program for the Great Indian Bustard, to avert the bird’s imminent extinction in the wild. By virtue of his professional proximity to the Indian Government, much of Jhala’s research has translated into policy and management actions. The latest of those expert inputs would be witnessed in the Cheetah reintroduction in India, the process of which was initiated back in 2009 but got cleared for implementation in 2020.

Currently, as the Dean of the Wildlife Institute of India, Jhala is guiding the academic and research agenda of this prestigious regional seat of learning and research in the field of wildlife science. He is leading the conservation initiatives of reintroducing the cheetah in India, rhinoceros in Corbett Tiger Reserve, dhole (Asiatic wild dog) in western Terai, and species recovery of the Great Indian Bustard in India.

Career info of Yadvendradev Vikramsinh Jhala

Jhala returned to India in 1993 to join as a faculty (Scientist-E) at the Wildlife Institute of India, an autonomous Institution of the Government of India, mandated for training wildlife professionals and promoting wildlife science through research. He is now the senior most faculty member at the position of Senior Professor (Scientist-G) and Dean of the Wildlife Institute of India. Jhala used his skills and training to commence long-term research projects using modern technology like VHF-satellite-GPS radio collars, isotopes, GIS and remote sensing, bringing in the much-needed quantitative rigor in wildlife research in India.

Y. V. Jhala releasing a Great Indian Bustard tagged with a satellite GPS transmitter. Jhala, along with his faculty colleague, Qamar Qureshi, has designed and led country scale assessments in India for tigers, leopards, other carnivores, and ungulates for the National Tiger Conservation Authority, Government of India. The mobile application based, GPS tracklog enabled program- M-STrIPES, designed by them and implemented across Tiger Reserves of India has revolutionised monitoring of law enforcement patrols and ecological indicators.

With live monitoring of guards on patrol duty across India, country level analysis of species status, poaching, human impacts and habitat status indicators in digital format, policy and management interventions are now guided by scientific data.

Jhala has worked closely with Rajesh Gopal and subsequent heads of the Project Tiger, Ministers of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, and senior bureaucrats in the government to infuse data-based conservation science into national policy and management strategies. He has interacted and given presentations to Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Shri Narendra Modi on issues related to tiger conservation in India. Jhala and Qureshi have trained wildlife managers in Bangladesh and assisted in the country’s first scientific status assessment of tigers. The Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, invited them and felicitated them during the release of Bangladesh Tiger Status 2014 report at Dhaka. Prime Ministers, Manmohan Singh, Sh. Narendra Modi and Ministers, Sh. Jairam Ramesh and Sh. Prakash Javdekar have released tiger status publications by Jhala and his colleagues.

Jhala enjoys teaching new research recruits, both in the field and in the classroom.

Y. V. Jhala on Black Kite Project
He formally teaches courses in quantitative ecology, population ecology, conservation biology, and field research techniques to Masters, Doctoral and Diploma students at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. He has been instrumental in setting up the Conservation Genetics Facility at the Wildlife Institute of India in 2001 with assistance from his Smithsonian Colleagues.

Awards and distinctions

Jhala was awarded Wildlife Service Award-2008 by Sanctuary Asia and Royal Bank of Scotland for “Tiger Conservation Work in India” on January 29, 2009 for which he also received the Carl Zeiss Award in 2009.

Y. V. Jhala on Project Tiger
A recent honour includes the Guinness world record accorded to WII and National Tiger Conservation Authority for the most extensive wildlife survey through trail cameras bestowed to the 2018-19 tiger survey in India for which Jhala is the lead scientist.

He also holds honorary positions of research Associate of the Conservation and Research Center, Smithsonian Institution, since 1993 and of Senior Research Associate at Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK.

Along with these, he is listed as an expert on several specialist groups of IUCN viz. IUCN SSC Canid Specialist Group, IUCN SSC Bustard Specialist Group, IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group and continues to be associated with notable organizations like World Wide Fund for Nature and Bombay Natural History Society.

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