P Jeganathan

Scientist, Western Ghats

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• PhD (2000-2007) in Zoology, Mumbai University, Mumbai. (through Bombay Natural History Society -BNHS).
• MSc. (1996-1998) in Wildlife Biology, A.V.C. College, Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu.
• BSc. (1993 –1996) in Zoology from Periyar E.V.R. College, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu.

My research interest lies in applied ecological aspects such as the conservation biology of endangered bird species, habitat monitoring, and on-ground conservation action. I am equally interested in nature education and outreach.

Endangered species research and conservation - I have been involved in research and conservation of the critically endangered Jerdon’s Courser since 2000. For this project (2000-2008) I worked with a team of wildlife biologists from BNHS, RSPB, UK, Universities of Cambridge & Reading, UK. 

Rainforest Research Team - Since 2008 I am a part of the NCF rainforest research team at Anamalai hills, southern Western Ghats.  I have been involved in conducting conservation education programs and carrying out bird surveys in this landscape.

Outreach and Citizen Science - Since 2016 I have been involved in coordinating and conducting seasonwatch program in Tamil Nadu. I am a part of Tamil Birders Network. Through this network I organise bird surveys and other activities related to birding. 

Language and Ecology - I have been working towards popularizing the importance of nature writing in local languages through workshops. I blog in Tamil at http://uyiri.wordpress.com/

Other interests - Birding, philately, numismatics, photography and dancing (mainly Dappanguthu) are some my hobbies. I am a Wikipedian. I contribute  images to Wikimedia commons (See here). Most of my images are categorized under an open initiative WikiProject Nature and Conservation in India.


Varattuparai 201


Fostering eco-friendly plantations

Linking sustainable agriculture and conservation in plantation landscapes



Living with leopards

Carnivore, conflicts, and conservation in the Anamalai hills

 gan3519 20crop

LTM in the neighbourhood

Building coexistence to conserve an endangered primate


Nurturing nature appreciation

Rekindling conservation awareness and connections with nature


Of forests and farms

Conserving wildlife in forests and plantations in the landscape

Jerdon's 20courser 700

Saving the endangered Jerdon's Courser

Jerdon's Courser Recovery Programme

Ltm kalyan 1020


Towards wildlife-friendly roads

Studying and reducing impacts of roads on wildlife in the Anamalai hills

Ltm with infant

Wildlife in rainforest fragments

Life in the treetops and undergrowth in rainforest remnants


  • Journal Article
    Seasonal variation in wildlife roadkills in plantations and tropical rainforest in the Anamalai Hills, Western Ghats, India
    Current Science. 114(3): 619-626.

    PDF, 1.42 MB

  • Book
    Birds of Tamil Nadu - pocket guide

    PDF, 6.98 MB

  • Popular Article
    When and where to list birds in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry?
    June 2016. eBird Newsletter for Birders of Tamil Nadu & Puducherry.

    When and where to list birds in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry?. eBird Newsletter for Birders of Tamil Nadu & Puducherry. June. Tamil link here. English version link here.

  • Popular Article
    Sing me a folktale
    The Hindu. In school, 26th October.

    Jeganathan, P. (2016).Sing me a folktale. The Hindu. In school, 26th October. http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/article9268433.ece

  • Popular Article
    Musings on Madras Museum
    Madras Musing Newspaper. Vol. XXVI No. 14, November 1-15.
  • Popular Article
    தன்னை அறியும் யானைகளின் துயரை அறிவோம். (On threats to Asian elephants)
    The Hindu Tamil Diwali Malar.

    Jeganathan, P. (2016). Thannai Ariyum Yanaigalin Thuyarai Arivom (On threats to Asian elephants). The Hindu Tamil Diwali Malar. The Hindu Magazine-Diwali Special issue–November 2016. Pp.222-230. Link here.

  • Popular Article
    Birds that call their names
    The Hindu in School, 5 October
  • Book
    Thattangal, Usithattangal: arimuga kaiyedu. (A field guide on dragonflies & damselflies in Tamil)
    P Jeganathan, R Bhanumathi
    Cre-A. Chennai.Pp1-224

    தட்டான்கள், ஊசித்தட்டான்கள்: அறிமுகக் கையேடு. க்ரியா வெளியீடு. சென்னை 1-244. Link here

  • Report
    Awareness and coexistence measures to conserve endangered lion-tailed macaques in the Valparai landscape, Western Ghats.
    Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore.
  • Popular Article
    சரியாக நடக்கின்றனவா வனஉயிரின  வார விழாக்கள். (Comments on 2015 Tiruppur Wildlife Week celebration)
    The Hindu Tamil News Daily, Online edition. 9th October 2015.

    Jeganathan, P. (2015). Sariyaga Nadakindranava Vana Uyirina Vara Vizakkal (Comments on 2015 Tiruppur Wildlife Week celebration). The Hindu Tamil News Daily, Online edition. 9th October 2015. The Hindu link here. Uyiri Blog link here.

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