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| Last Updated:: 14/12/2017

WII-ENVIS Centre Team







Dr. Vinod B. Mathur, D.Phil. (Oxon.)
Director &
Programme Leader

Dr. Vinod B. Mathur, Director & ENVIS Coordinator, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun joined the Indian Forest Service (IFS) and topped the 1983 – 85 IFS Professional Course at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Dehradun and also the XLV Foundational Course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in 1985. He obtained his doctorate degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom in 1991.


Dr. K. Sivakumar

Scientist - F &

WII-ENVIS Coordinator

I have been studying insular, coastal and marine biodiversity for their conservation, particularly birds and mammals of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Being a member of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group and the Galliformes Specialist Group, I have been involved in several research programmes in these subjects. I am involved in the teaching and training of postgraduate students, in-service forest officers and Ph.D. Scholars in wildlife techniques, ornithology, fish biology and conservation biology. Awards I have received include Pondicherry University Gold Medals for outstanding performances in the M.Sc. and M.Phil. courses, UNITAR fellowships, and the Meritorious Student of India award in 1995.



Dr. Syed Ainul Hussain, Ph.D.
Scientist – G &
ENVIS Co-Coordinator

I joined the Wildlife Institute of India as a research fellow in 1986 and worked with the Chambal Aquatic Species Conservation Project. Subsequently, I obtained M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in wildlife sciences from the Centre for Wildlife and Ornithology, Aligarh Muslim University. I joined the faculty of the Institute in 1994 and since then I have been looking after the Wetlands and Coastal Habitat Management and Aquatic Species Conservation Program. I develop and implement courses related to wetlands and coastal habitat management, and wildlife and protected area management. I conduct research on free ranging wildlife and its habitats. I identify and prioritize areas for conservation at the landscape level, including prioritization of transboundary protected areas. My special interests include wildlife ecology, mountain ecosystem services and protected area management. I am working with the Otter Specialist Group as Focal, Red List Authority. I am a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group. I took part in the XV Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica, during 1996–97, and am currently a member of the Government of India’s core group on Antarctic and Southern Ocean research.




Sounika Karmakar

Programme Officer

I carry a Bachelor's degree in Botany from Cotton College, Guwahati, Assam and a Master's in Forestry from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Since then I have been trying to do my bit for conservation of our natural heritage. I have also worked actively on diverse topics like Management Effectiveness Evaluation, Climate Change studies, Bamboo Resource assessment and so on. I have recently joined the ENVIS centre of Wildlife Institute of India as a Programme Officer.



Jyoti Prasad Nautiyal
Information Officer


Shri Jyoti Prasad Nautiyal holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications (MCA). He is working as Information Officer in Wildlife Institute of India-ENVIS Centre on ‘Wildlife & Protected Areas’.
He is actively involved in maintaining the WII-ENVIS Centre’s website, developing and updating of subject area databases, publications.













Dr. G.S. Rawat


Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun

I joined WII in 1986 in the erstwhile Faculty of Wildlife Biology. Since then I have had the privilege and fortune to work closely with some of the finest field biologists and wildlife managers in the country, which has given me exposure to contemporary issues in ecology and conservation.

I have M.Sc. (1980), Ph.D. (1984) and D.Sc. (2007) degrees in botany from Kumaun University, Nainital and am a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (Allahabad, 2004). I am a member of the IUCN/SSC Orchid and Medicinal Plant specialist groups and a life member of the Association for Plant Taxonomy. Prior to joining WII, I served in the Botanical Survey of India, Dehradun and in the departments of botany of Kumaun and Garhwal universities in various capacities.

In 1988, I was awarded an FAO fellowship to undergo six months’ on-the-job training in habitat evaluation procedures at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Later (in 1993), I also underwent training in alpine plant ecology at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder, U.S.A. My current research interests include long term ecological monitoring of high altitude ecosystems; ecology and management of alpine rangeland/alpine meadows; and orchid systematics and ecology. Besides performing my routine duties at WII, I work as the Secretary, Uttarakhand Chapter of the National Academy of Sciences, India and Associate Editor, Tropical Ecology in honorary capacities.


Gautam Talukdar,  Scientist - E

Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun

I obtained my Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS). I have been in the field of geoinformatics for more than ten years and have experience with several reputed institutes such as the Forest Survey of India (FSI) and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC). I have worked in several national and international level projects, for example on landscape dynamics and its impact on ecosystem composition, biodiversity characterization at the landscape level and the Natural Resources Census (NRCENSUS). My research interests include advances in remote sensing, geospatial modelling for issues relevant to sustainable development, data interoperability, ecological modelling and climate change. I am also involved in teaching geoinformatics for wildlife management.



Sh. Rajesh Thapa

System Manager 
(Sr. Technical Officer (3))

Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun


Shri Rajesh Thapa presently holding the position of System Manager was the first computer personnel to be inducted in Wildlife Institute of India in July, 1985.

He did his Masters in Mathematics with specialization in Computer Programming from Garhwal University. He also holds PG Diploma in Computer Applications. He was awarded the US Fish & Wildlife Service fellowship for undergoing specialized training on GIS and System Administration in Colorado, USA during September-October, 1991. He was also awarded training fellowship to USA under the World Bank “Environmental Resource Management Network (ERMN)” grant for capacity building in computer applications in May-June 1996.

From a setup of two Apple IIe computers in 1985, the computer facility of the Institute has grown to 300 plus nodes on LAN and internet under his supervision and management.

His specialization is in GIS, remote sensing, networking, internet and system administration of heterogeneous systems viz. MS Windows and Linux. He first developed the home page of WII during his training at National Biological Service, Denver, Colorado in 1996. As a GIS resource person, he attended an international conference “Assessing the Status of Tigers” held in Bangkok, Thailand in October, 1994 and an International Symposium on “Benefiting from Earth Observation: Bridging the Data Gap for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region” held in Kathmandu, Nepal in October 2010.

He has been conducting instructional training about information technology to the institute’s faculty, staff, officer-trainees, researchers and students. He has conducted and participated in various workshops/seminars/conferences on subjects related to information technology. He is a member of various committee’s of the WII and provides his technical inputs on IT, GIS and RS to these committees. He has also been imparting technical expertise to the sister organisations on development of IT infrastructure.



Sh. Y.S. Verma

(Technical Officer)

Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun

Sh. Y.S. Verma is  presently holding the position of Librarian at Wildlife Institute of India from 1987. He holds degree in B.Sc. and B. Lib.Sc. He have actively involved in Library Development & Library user services and Library Management at WII.





Sh. K.K. Shrivastava


(Sr. Technical Officer (3))

Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun



Shri Krishna Kumar Shrivastava holding the position of Editor (TG IV-6) is the first regular media personnel to be appointed in June, 1999 in the erstwhile Wildlife Extension Faculty (now Audio-Visual & Wildlife Extension Cell) of the Wildlife Institute of India. Shri Shrivastava holds many degrees and diplomas, such as, Master of Journalism (Communication); Master of Arts (English); Master of Arts (Hindi); Master of Public Administration; Bachelor of Education; Bachelor of Communication & Journalism; Diploma in Electrical Engineering; and Diploma in Sanskrit. He also has intimate knowledge of computer as most of the documents are prepared electronically in the Institute. Shri Shrivastava has worked for All India Radio, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mount Abu, Rajasthan.


The main responsibilities of Shri Shrivastava in the Institute are to prepare Annual Report (English & Hindi) and quarterly Newsletters. He has edited more than hundred publications of the Institute. He is an integral part in organising outreach activities of the Institute. He was a member of WII’s team, which participated in CoP-11 organised at Hyderabad during October, 2012. He also lent a helping hand in preparation of many posters for the exhibitions by the Institute on different occasions. He is actively associated with Hindi activities of the Institute. He has also bagged many prizes in various writing and debate competitions.

He is a member of Library & Documentation Committee, e-Governance Committee, ENVIS Advisory Committee, Vibhagiya Rajbhasha Karyanvayan Samiti, Hindi magazine Editorial Board, Tender Opening Committee and various screening committees of the Institute. He has also contributed in various recruitment processes from time to time. Shri Shrivastava likes to play Chess and represented the Institute in All India Forest Sports Meets many times. He also contributed satires and poems for different magazines and newspapers.


Sh. Dinesh Singh Pundir

Computer Programmer
(Sr. Technical Officer (1))

Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun


Dinesh Singh Pundir is M.Sc. Computer Science. He joined the Institute in 1997 and since then he is working as Computer Programmer in Information Technology and Remote Sensing & GIS Cell. His job includes maintaining,  updating of Information on Institute website, helps in developing and designing the website on the GIGW Guidelines and ensuring high availability. Maintaining of  Institute Intranet Services, development of various web applications. Helps in smooth functioning of various IT services in the Institute.


He has a passion for nature photography, adventure games and is a nature enthusiast.



Anant Pande
Project Scientist, WII CAMPA Dugong
I have an M.Sc in Zoology with specialisation in Oceanography from the University of Mumbai. I have been working on biodiversity conservation research mostly focused on coastal and marine ecosystems since last 7 years. I have worked with several national organizations in major research projects as part of designing and implementing conservation-focused projects. I have worked on diverse research topics across several taxa in varied ecosystem types across the country and abroad.