Pranav Chanchani

My dissertation research in the remote Sikkim Trans-Himalaya focuses on four species of wild ungulates (Tibetan argali, Tibetan gazelle, kiang and blue sheep ). The former three species are on the decline in India and parts of the Tibetan plateau. I am investigating habitat use and food selection by these species am mapping their distribution vis-à-vis domestic ungulates (yak and sheep) over the winter and summer. At CSU, Professor Barry Noon is my P.hD. advisor. I intend to carry out my doctoral research in India and am likely to study how disturbance, landscape configuration and climate change influence the distribution, abundance and persistence of threatened vertebrate species. I am also interested in studying issues at the interface of conservation and development. My other interests include yoga, hiking, mountain climbing and visiting places of cultural or historical importance