Sumanta Bagchi

Alumnus, High Altitudes



I received an undergraduate degree in Zoology from University of Calcutta (1999) and a Master's degree in Wildlife Sciences from Wildlife Institute of India (2001) as well as a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, Syracuse, USA. I conduct field-research in the high-altitude cold deserts of the Trans-Himalaya, towards understanding human impacts on wildlife.

Previously I have worked in the dry tropical forests of western India, investigating causes of prey depletion for tigers. This was part of my Master's dissertation on niche-geometry of forest ungulates. My work on large mammals in high-altitude cold deserts addressed the issue of competitive exclusion of ibex caused by pastoral practices. I have also worked in population-monitoring exercises for snow leopards in the region, and towards an assessment of livestock predation by wild carnivores in Spiti region of Trans-Himalaya. Through this people's attitude towards such losses were evaluated in order to find appropriate ameliorative measures.

Academically, I am interested in the niche theory and a conceptual synthesis of community and ecosystem ecology. I am currently working on response of plant communities of high-altitude rangelands to grazing and how populations of wild herbivores are impacted by livestock in parks where multiple-use is unavoidable. Towards this end, I have recently initiated a study on rangeland-dynamics in the Trans-Himalaya.



Big cat chow

What snow leopards eat: predation on livestock and wild ungulates


Goats and Wild Goats

Forage tussles between Himalayan ibex and livestock


People, livestock and snow leopards

Unique livestock insurance schemes betters prospects for herders and carnivores

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Plants, herbivores and communities

Rangeland dynamics in the Trans-Himalaya

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Shared pastures

How mountain ungulates of the trans-Himalaya live together


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