Saloni Bhatia

Saloni Bhatia
Wildlife Conservation Society, India

PhD

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Introduction
I am interested in applied interdisciplinary research that can help facilitate human-nature coexistence.
Education
January 2016 - March 2019
Nature Conservation Foundation-Manipal University
Field of study
  • Human-wildlife relationships
September 2010 - September 2011
University of Oxford
Field of study
  • Biodiversity, Conservation and Management
June 2008 - June 2009
Sikkim Manipal University
Field of study
  • Sustainable Development

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Publications (11)
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Substantial research and conservation resources are invested towards studying, protecting, and managing carnivore populations, globally. But scholarly investigations that link the outcomes of ecological research and their applications are not commonplace. Such syntheses can have implications for large predator management and human well-being. India...
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People's views and values for wild animals are often a result of their experiences and traditional knowledge. Local folklore represents a resource that can enable an understanding of the nature of human-wildlife interactions, especially the underlying cultural values. Using archival searches and semi-structured interviews, we collected narratives a...
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Research on human-wildlife interactions has largely focused on the magnitude of wildlife-caused damage, and the patterns and correlates of human attitudes and behaviors. We assessed the role of five pathways through which various correlates potentially influence human responses toward wild animals, namely, value orientation , social interactions (i...
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[Not final version] While coexistence with wildlife is a key goal of conservation, little is known about it or how to study it. By coexistence we mean a sustainable though dynamic state where humans and wildlife co-adapt to sharing landscapes, where human interactions with wildlife are effectively governed to ensure wildlife populations persist, in...
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Humans have lived alongside and interacted with wild animals throughout evolutionary history. Even though wild animals can damage property, or injure humans and domesticated animals, not all interactions between humans and wildlife are negative. Yet, research has tended to focus disproportionately on negative interactions leading to negative outcom...
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Evidence suggests that religion is an important driver of peoples’ attitudes toward nature, but the link between religion and carnivore conservation is poorly understood. We examined peoples’ attitudes in Buddhist (n = 83) and Muslim communities (n = 111) toward snow leopards (Panthera uncia) and wolves (Canis lupus) in Ladakh, India. We found that...
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We studied the role of environmental factors driving species distributions, community structure, and ecosystem properties in an endangered montane grassland ecosystem in the Nilgiris, Western Ghats. We examined plant composition, ecosystem properties and environmental factors in one of the largest grassland sites in the Nilgiris. Ordination analysi...
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Conflicts between people over wildlife are widespread and damaging to both the wildlife and people involved. Such issues are often termed human–wildlife conflicts. We argue that this term is misleading and may exacerbate the problems and hinder resolution. A review of 100 recent articles on human–wildlife conflicts reveals that 97 were between cons...
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The threat posed by large carnivores to livestock and humans makes peaceful coexistence between them difficult. Effective implementation of conservation laws and policies depends on the attitudes of local residents toward the target species. There are many known correlates of human attitudes toward carnivores, but they have only been assessed at th...
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Attempts to minimize the effects of human-wildlife conflict (HWC) on conservation goals require an understanding of the mechanisms by which such conflicts are caused and sustained. This necessitates looking beyond the natural sciences to the human dimensions of wildlife management. Public dissemination of information regarding HWC occurs largely th...

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Our research is focused on understanding conservation conflicts and exploring effective ways of managing them. Our ambition is to link ecological and social understanding to help find solutions that allow for coexistence between people and wildlife. https://www.conservationconflicts.info