Mr. Samrat Mondol

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellow
Field of Specialization: Biology (Conservation Physiology)
Name: Mr. Samrat Mondol
Official Address and Designation:  Senior Research Fellow
Ecology and Evolution
National Centre for Biological Sciences
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
GKVK Campus, Bellary Road
Bengaluru 560 065
Telephone (O): 91-80-23666031
Duration of Grant: Nine Months                        
Project Title: Non-invasive Assessment of Environmental Stress and its Effect on Reproductive Status in Indian Wild Tiger Populations
Abstract of Project :
Increasing levels of human intervention have resulted in significant population decline of tigers globally. While habitat/prey depletion and hunting are major concerns, the indirect effects of such disturbances on the remaining tiger populations have not received any attention. I plan to combine field and laboratory-based approaches to non-invasively measure hormone metabolites as correlates of nutritional/psychological stress and reproductive status of wild Indian tigers living in habitats with varied disturbance levels. Such research will aid in defining the role of environmental disturbance on tiger populations, which is critical for effective conservation efforts.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. Population and Conservation Genetics National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR, Bengaluru 2008 – till date
M.Sc. Applied Genetics Bangalore University, Bengaluru 2005
B.Sc. Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry Bangalore University, Bengaluru 2003
Professional Background:
Visiting Research Fellow School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, United Kingdom 2009-till date
Senior Research Fellow National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru 2008-till date
Junior Research Fellow National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru 2005-2008
Research Associate Centre for Wildlife Studies, Wildlife Conservation Society-Indian Program, Bengaluru 2005-till date
Samrat Mondol