Student Conference on Conservation Science – Bengaluru-2011 Plenaries

There was one morning plenary on each of the three days of the conference. Plenaries focussed on conservation research and its application to conservation practice. In addition, there was be one evening plenary, which was by an eminent conservationist. This was meant to be not a research talk, but rather a more informal and no-holds-barred “opinion” talk on conservation science, practice or policy. Plenary speakers included eminent conservationists from South and South-east Asia, as well as other parts of the world.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

09:00 – 10:00 Registration and workshop sign-up
10:00 – 10:30 Inauguration
10:30 – 11:30 Plenary 1:
Rohan D’Souza (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi). Nature of Money versus the Value of Conservation: Should Natural Endowments replace Ecological Services?
11:30 – 11:50 Refreshments
11:50 – 12:50 Session I: Species in Danger.
Naven Hon. Food and habitat of Asian Small-clawed Otters in northeastern Cambodia.
Sayam Chowdhury. Research and conservation initiatives for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Bangladesh
Bashir Ahmed. Population status, distribution, threats and conservation of South Asian River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica) in the rivers of Pabna District, Bangladesh.
Sonika Khushwaha. Current survey, monitoring and conservation initiatives for vultures in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India
12:50 – 13:20 Lunch and poster set-up
13:20 – 15:20 Workshops and Beyond Science session (with maximum number of participants in parentheses)
A. The Craft of Compelling Communication (30). Geoff Hyde. [repeated on the 16th] B. Asking Questions in Conservation Science (15). Charudutt Mishra & Aninda Sinha.
C. Bare Essentials of Conservation Genetics (20). Uma Ramakrishnan, Shomita Mukherjee, Subhankar Chakraborty & Vaibhav Chaturvedi.
D. Social and Ecological Dimensions of Conservation-induced Displacement (20). Ghazala Shahabuddin & Asmita Kabra. E. Connecting People: Effective Messaging for Conservation (20). Pavithra Sankaran.
Beyond Science Why there is no ‘Conservation for Dummies’: making conservation work in the real world. Sanjay Gubbi
15:20 – 16:00 Poster Session
16:00 – 16:10 Refreshments
16:10 – 16:15 Address by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.
16:15 – 17:15 Session II: Habitats, disturbance and diversity.
Amol Kulavmode. Lantana camara as seed trap for forest nucleation in Silent Valley.
Seshadri K.S. Impacts of selective logging on anuran assemblages in a mid elevation evergreen forest, southern Western Ghats, India
Mayurdan Gadhvi. Recruitment stress induced changes in distribution patterns of estuarine benthic fauna.
Anushree Bhattacharjee. Human-leopard conflict in western Duars, northern West Bengal. (Replacement for cancelled talk)
17:15 – 18:00 Who’s Who in Conservation?
18:00 – 19:00 Plenary 2: Harry C. Biggs (South African National Parks Service). The Adaptive Management Initiative in Kruger National Park – response to variability, uncertainty and complexity. Chaired by VB Mathur.
19:00 – 19:30 Walk across to IISc Gymkhana
19:30 – 21:30 Dinner at IISc Gymkhana.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

08:30 – 09:00 Registration and workshop sign-up
Plenary 3: Yvonne Sadovy (University of Hong Kong). From Reefs to Restaurants: the Hidden Cost of Luxury Seafood
10:00 – 10:20 Refreshments
10:20 – 11:40 Session III: Conservation and Human Communities.
Farhana Akhtar. Sharing the challenge of conserving Bangladesh’s cetacean diversity with local communities
Delip Das. Sharing efforts and challenges of conservation of Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Bangladesh.
Anindita Majumdar. How much from forests: quantification of forest biodiversity and biomass dependence by tribal in South West Bengal.
Mohammad Abdul Motaleb. Reading nature’s mind: Disaster management by indigenous peoples of Bangladesh
Ranjini Murali. PES in an African protected area: exploring issues of legitimacy,fairness, equity and effectiveness
11:40 -12:40 Poster session 2
12:40 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Session IV: The Landscape of Conservation.
Cynthia Adeline Layusa. Distributional modelling and the implication of habitat loss to the conservation of a small island species
Suyadi. A spatial model of tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) potential habitat suitability in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
Anusha Shankar. Landscape correlates of Malabar Pied Hornbill nests in the Sangameshwar block, northern Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India.
Girish Punjabi. Ecological and anthropogenic correlates influencing large carnivore occupancy in the Sahyadri-Konkan corridor, India.
14:30 – 15:30 Birds-of-a-Feather session
15:30 – 16:40 Who’s Who in Conservation?
16:40 – 17:00 Refreshments
17:00 – 19:00 Workshops and Beyond Science session (with maximum number of participants in parentheses)
F. Contributing to Wikipedia: a primer for conservation scientists (30). L. Shyamal & NS Prashanth.
G. Elements of Good Study Design in Ecology and Conservation (30). Advait Edgaonkar & Kavita Isvaran.
H. Spawning Aggregations in Marine Fish (20). Yvonne Sadovy.
I. Recognising and Dealing with Complexity and Uncertainty – the Basis for Adaptive Management (30). Harry Biggs.
J. Introduction to Generalised Linear Models (25). Soumya Prasad & Raman Kumar.
Beyond Science Films and conservation. Shekar Dattatri.
19:00 – 19:30 Walk across to IISc Gymkhana
19:00 – 21:00 Dinner at the Gymkhana

Friday 16 September, 2011

08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:00 Plenary 4: Andrew Balmford (University of Cambridge). Nature’s glass: half-full or half-empty?
10:00 – 11:00 Session V: Habitats, disturbance and diversity.
Radha Wagle. Effects of management and disturbance gradients on a bird fauna.
Lahiru Ishan Samaranayake. Biodiversity and biotic interactions in Kandyan Home Gardens, Sri Lanka
Karthik Teegalapalli. Lessons from a pinch of salt: Mikania micrantha control methods and implications.
Thasun Amarasinghe. Impact of vehicular traffic on herpetofaunal mortality in a savannah dominated forest in Sri Lanka.
11:00 – 11:20 Refreshments
11:20 – 12:40 Session VI: Species in Danger.
Chetana Purushotham. Effect of geographical gaps on population structure using songs of the endangered White-bellied Shortwing in ‘sky islands’ of the Western Ghats mountains of southern India.
Chaminda Pradeep Ratnayake. Do nesting habitat selection affect the reproductive success of cooperatively breeding Sri Lanka magpie Urocissa ornata
Tarun Nair. The feasibility of estimating gharial populations through photographic capture-recapture; and factors determining their distribution and abundance in the Chambal.
Tharanga Aluthwattha. Will commonness answer the rarity? Conservation approach for endemic butterfly Elymnias singhala (Lepidoptera: Satyrinae).
Sutirtha Dutta. Understanding habitat relationships of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) from a biological perspective at multiple scales of an agro-pastoral landscape.
12:40 – 13:20 Lunch
13:20 – 14:00 Poster session
14:00 – 16:00 Workshops and Beyond Science session (with maximum number of participants in parentheses)
K. Making Sense of Conservation: Education (35). Pranav Trivedi & Nimesh Ved.
L. Introduction to GIS with Quantum GIS (20). V. Srinivas and Ravi Bhalla.
M. Rapid Socio-ecological Assessments for Conservation and Development (30). RJ Ranjit Daniels & Jayshree Vencatesan.
N. The Craft of Compelling Communication (30). Geoff Hyde.
O. Visualizing data and a graphical approach to ecological and environmental science (20). Jagdish Krishnaswamy.
Beyond Science. Conservation and activism – exploring conflicts and synergies. Harini Nagendra.
16:00 – 16:30 Conclusion
16:30 – 17:00 Refreshments