Jayashree Ratnam is at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research where she serves as Program Director of the Wildlife Biology and Conservation Program. She is a community and ecosystems ecologist. She is particularly interested in tropical terrestrial ecosystems and has worked at field sites across Africa and Asia. Her current research investigates the history and functional ecology of Asian savannas, grasslands and forest-grassland mosaics, and the potential responses of these ecosystems to ongoing global change. In the Indian subcontinent where a long history of anthropogenic activity has significantly transformed lands, she is increasingly interested in inter-disciplinary approaches to the conservation of grasslands and savannas that explicitly recognize these as ancient coupled human-natural ecosystems that need to be simultaneously managed for sustainable human use and the conservation of biodiversity and function.
Muthanna is the Programme Head of WCS-India’s Livelihood programme. He initially joined WCS-India in 2000. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Arts in 1991 and Law in 1995 from the University of Mysore.
Based in Hunsur, Karnataka, Muthanna’s area of expertise covers the Malenad Mysore Tiger Landscape and extends into Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Besides effective conservation interventions to secure wildlands – Muthanna has played a key role in supporting families to avail benefit under the Government sponsored Relocation Program, handholding families after relocation. He worked on various committees appointed by Government. He was conferred with the WCS Service Award in 2006 in recognition of his outstanding services to wildlife conservation.
Nanditha is working as an independent NRM and energy-environment consultant, based out of Assam. Her past work experience of over two decades has focussed on research on energy and environment issues, and community-based initiatives related to wildlife conservation (human-elephant conflict), ecotourism, renewable energy, alternative livelihoods and environment education. She was affiliated with the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington, Seattle. Nandita is also a 2001-02 Hubert Humphrey Fellow alum.
Sanjay Sondhi is a Dehradun-based naturalist. An engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Kanpur (1987), the study of natural history has been his passion for more than three decades. His natural history interests include studying, photographing and writing about nature with a special interest in birds, butterflies, moths and amphibians and reptiles. He has authored numerous books and technical papers on amphibians and reptiles, birds, butterflies and moths and other Indian wildlife.
In 2009, he set up TITLI TRUST (http://www.titlitrust.org), a nature conservation non-profit organisation which is devoted to studying and protecting India's lesser-known flora and fauna. Titli Trust’s primary focus is conservation research and action, conservation education and outreach, community-based nature tourism and mitigating human-wildlife conflict. Most of the trust’s work is in the Himalayas. Sanjay is the Editor of the peer-reviewed citizen-science driven Moths of India website (http://www.mothsofindia.org) and a Co-Editor of the Butterflies of India website (http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org). He is a life member of the Bombay Natural History Society, and a member of Kalpavriksh, an environmental NGO, and a Trustee of Nature Science Initiative (http://www.naturescienceinitiative.org), a nature conservation NGO. He also serves on the Board of Dusty Foot Foundation, another nature conservation NGO. He serves as a Member, IUCN/Species Survival Commission South Asian Invertebrate Specialist Group (2021-2025). He is a Member, State Wildlife Board, Uttarakhand and also serves on the Management Committee of Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Reserve.