Based in India, Sanjay Gubbi serves as Panthera’s Tiger Program Coordinator. Holding a Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent and with years of experience working to save tigers in India, Sanjay maintains a strong understanding of the socio-economic and political aspects of tiger conservation.
Recently, Sanjay’s work has focused on reducing the impact of tiger habitat fragmentation, expansion of the Anshi-Dandeli Tiger Reserve, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Cauvery, Someshwara and Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuaries, expansion of Bannerghatta National Park and the institution of new social security and welfare measures for forest watchers and guards serving in Karnataka’s protected areas. Through these projects, Sanjay works with a wide cross-section of people, including policy makers, media and social leaders, focusing in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India.
Sanjay has also regularly conducted training workshops for print and electronic media and conservation enthusiasts, among others, to expand support for and enhance the public’s understanding of tiger conservation. He has additionally taught Wildlife Master’s program courses at the National Centre for Biological Sciences and the Wildlife Institute of India. Today, Sanjay sits on the State Wildlife Advisory Board, State Tiger Conservation Steering Committee and the Governing Council of Tiger Foundations of Karnataka State.
He has written and been featured in a number of articles focused on tiger conservation, and is especially keen on fostering wildlife conservation articles in local languages. Sanjay also received the 2011 Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award, Wildlife Conservation Society Recognition and additional awards. His Master’s dissertation received two international conservation awards as well.
Sanjay’s research interests lies in conservation science, policies, outreach and human-wildlife interactions.
Selected Publications Featuring Sanjay Gubbi:
- Tracking Stripes and Spots. Bangalore Mirror
- Now, Accidents Rival Poaching As Key Threat to Leopards in India. FirstPost
- Rashmi Bhat (September 2013). Declaration of a new sanctuary creates largest protected area network in India. Oryx
- Bahar Dutt (July 2013). Journey through the Western Ghats of Karnataka CNN IBN
- TNN (December 2012). Watchers in protected forest areas to be insured The Times of India
- Mukherjee, S. (October 2012). Bandipur Tiger Reserve becomes first tiger reserve to notify its ESZ The Times of India
- University of Kent (September 2012). DICE alumnus named as “Leader of Tomorrow” University of Kent
- Chandra, S. (June 2012). Officials, civil society join hands to restore wildlife corridor Deccan Herald
- Tehelka (June 2012). Q&A Sanjay Gubbi, 41, Wildlife Conservationist Tehelka Magazine 9(23)
Selected Scientific Publications by Sanjay Gubbi:
- Gubbi, S., Reddy, V., Nagashettihalli, H., Bhat, R., Madhusudan, M., (2014) Photographic Records of the Ratel Mellivora Capensis from the Southern Indian State of Karnataka. Small Carnivore Conservation, Vol. 50, July 2014
- Gubbi, S., Poornesha, H. C., Daithota, A., Nagashettihalli, H., (2014) Roads Emerging As a Critical Threat to Leopards in India?. CAT News
- Gubbi, S., and Poornesha, H. C., (2013) Joint Indian initiative creates tiger corridor. Nature
- Harihar, A., Chanchani, P., Sharma, R., Vattakaven, J., Gubbi, S., et al. (2013) Conflating “co-occurrence” with “coexistence”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- Linkie, M., and Gubbi, S., (2012) Wildlife Hunting, Patterns, Techniques and Profiles of Hunters in and Around Periyar Tiger Reserve. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 109(3), 165-172.
- Gubbi, S. (2012) Patterns and correlates of human-elephant conflict around an Indian reserve. Biological Conservation 148(1), 88-95.
- Gubbi, S, Poornesha, H.C. and Madhusudhan, M.D. (2012). Impact of vehicular traffic on use of highway-edges by large mammals in a south Indian wildlife reserve Current Science 102(7), 1047-1051.
- Gubbi, S. (2010) Making governance effective. Seminar 613, 61-65.
- Gubbi, S. (2010) Are conservation funds degrading wildlife habitats? Economic and Political Weekly XLV (26&27), 22-25.
- Gubbi. S, Linkie. M and Leader-Williams, N. (2009) Evaluating the legacy of an integrated conservation and development project around a tiger reserve in India. Environmental Conservation 35(4), 331-339.
- Gubbi. S and MacMillan. D.C. (2008) Can non-timber forest products solve livelihood problems? A case study from Periyar Tiger Reserve, India. Oryx 42(2), 222-228.
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- 2011 Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award
- 2011 Wildlife Conservation Society Recognition
- 2007 Joint First Place, Society for Conservation Biology, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
- 2007 Second Best Talk, Student Conference on Conservation Science, Cambridge, UK
- 2005/06 Maurice Swingland Prize, Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK