Ajay Bijoor

Programme Manager, High Altitudes

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I work with local communities and government agencies to plan and implement conservation plans in the high altitudes. I also support research activities in these landscapes. 

I was an engineer in my past life. 

Projects

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People, livestock and snow leopards

Unique livestock insurance schemes betters prospects for herders and carnivores

Publications

  • Journal Article
    In press
    Distribution and activity pattern of stone marten Martes foina in relation to prey and predators
    Mammalian Biology; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mambio.2018.09.013
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    Small carnivores are expected to optimize their activity to maximize prey capture and minimize their encounter with  predators. We assessed the activity pattern of the stone marten
    Martes foinain relation to its potential prey, the Himalayan woolly hare Lepus oiostolus and the Royle’s pika Ochotona roylei, and its predators, the red fox Vulpes vulpesand the free-ranging dog Canis familiaris. Using three years of camera trapping data from the Indian Trans-Himalaya, we estimated individual and pair-wise spatio-temporal niche width and overlap, respectively, using Levins’ asymmetric index. Stone martens showed limited space use (spatial niche width 0.16) and nocturnal activity (temporal niche width 0.35). They had high temporal (0.75) and low spatial overlap (0.05) with hares; while they had relatively low temporal (0.33) but higher spatial overlap (0.29) with pikas. Red foxes showed relatively high temporal (1.21) and spatial (0.75) overlap with martens, while free-ranging dogs showed low temporal (0.23) and spatial (0.03) overlap with martens. Although restricted space and time use by pikas might help martens track pikas even with relatively low spatio-temporal overlap, martens may be benefiting from higher temporal overlap with hares. While martens seem to be co-existing with foxes, their nocturnal activity might be driven by a trade-off between consuming prey and avoidance of diurnal predators like dogs.

  • Conference Proceedings
    2018
    Snow leopard and prey: Landscape-level distribution modeling & impacts of migratory livestock grazing in Symposium Assimilated Knowledges: an integrated approach to conservation in snow leopard landscapes
    Conservation Asia, 2018, Society for Conservation Biology
  • Popular Article
    2016
    Managing man’s best friend in a Trans-Himalayan landscape
    Feature in Current Conservation, Issue 10.1
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  • Book Chapter
    2016
    South Asia: India. In Snow leopards. Biodiversity of the world: conservation from genes to landscapes. Series editor: Philip J. Nyhus, Volume editors: Thomas McCarthy, David Mallon. 
    Yash Veer Bhatnagar, Vinod Bihari Mathur, Sambandam Sathyakumar, Abhishek Ghoshal, Rishi Kumar Sharma, Ajay Bijoor, R Raghunath, Radhika Timbadia, Panna Lal
    Elsevier - Academic Press, Pages 457-469, ISBN: 978-0-12-802213-9
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    India has a rich natural history record from the Himalaya spanning over a century. In this paper we provide an overview of existing knowledge on snow leopard, especially from the more recent studies. A knowledge gap analysis revealed barely 3% of its range is relatively well studied, although snow leopards occur pervasively across ca. 100,000 km2 in the Indian Himalaya. Only 37% of its range appears to be ‘good’ habitat. Based on recent density estimates and their extrapolation over the range, India is likely to support about 500 snow leopards. Threats vary regionally, but livestock grazing by migratory herders and recent developmental pressures appear to be the most serious conservation issues threatening snow leopard and other wildlife in the snow leopard range. Given the pervasive snow leopard occurrence and human pressures, the general consensus and national strategy is to formulate and implement knowledge based, participatory programmes over large landscapes.

  • Popular Article
    2014
    Meat momos for everyone!
    The Hindu in School, 13 August
  • Popular Article
    2014
    The khirava's cave
    The Hindu in School, 30 July
  • Popular Article
    2014
    Surprise sighting in Spiti
    The Hindu in School, 6 August

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