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National Mission on Himalayan Studies

Implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC)
Nodal and Serving hub with G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development

University / Organisation Name:

Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata, West Bengal


1. Fellowship Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Year 2015-2016
Fellowship Duration 3 Years
BTAs:

1. Livelihood Options and Employment Generation

2. Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

Hemis NP, Jammu & Kashmir GHNP, Himachal Pradesh, Askot WLS, Uttarakhand, DDBR, Arunachal Pradesh Singalila NP, West Bengal,DDBR, Arunachal Pradesh, Hemis National Park, Jammu & Kashmir

No of HRAs: 3 Nos
No of HJRFs: 10 Nos


2. Financial Details
Total Institutional Fellowships: Rs. 2,39,22,360/-
1st Year Fellowship Grant: Rs.78,15,720/-
2nd Year Fellowship Grant: Rs.78,15,720/-
Expenditure (in Rs.) :


3. Fellowship Objectives and Deliverables(HRAs)
Position Study Area Proposed Objectives Deliverables Achievements (upto 31.03.18)
HRA001 Trans, North-West, Himalaya (J&K) Number of Long-Term Ecological/ Environmental Monitoring (LTEM) sites established/ investigated/ robust datasets generated and scientific evidences generated across key sectors

• Identification of sites for LTEM

• Mainstreaming of long-term monitoring and building scientific evidence base across key sectors achieved

• Initial LTEM identified at HNP (J & K), GHNP (Himachal Pradesh), AWLS (Uttarakhand), SNP/NVNP (West Bengal) and DDBR (Arunachal Pradesh).

• Synthesis of secondary information on Himalayan lepidoptera including Apollos.

• Historical sites for repeat monitoring identified.

• Identification of collected moths.

HRA002 Central and East Himalaya (Sikkim and Uttarakhand) Effectiveness of approaches developed for conservation of species/ habitats/ areas

• Conservation frameworks developed/ strengthened/ implemented

• Awareness on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use promoted

• Species validation from secondary literature.

• Reconnaissance survey at SNP/NVNP (West Bengal).

• Sample preparation for DNA barcoding.

• Identification of collected Lepidoptera.

HRA003 Eastern Himalaya (AP) Molecular Phylogenetic Work through DNA Barcoding to resolve species complexes and responses to changing climate

•A barcode database generation for future molecular and phylogenetic researches on Himalayan Lepidoptera

• Curation and alignment of generated sequences of Lepidoptera specimens with the representative barcode sequences from global database for similarity search.

• The developed sequences were submitted to BOLD database under the project ‘Lepidoptera of Indian Himalayas’ for acquiring the BOLDIDs.

 

 

4. Fellowship Objectives and Deliverables(HJRFs)
Position Study Area Proposed Objectives Deliverables Achievements (upto 31.03.18)
H-JRF001 Hemis National Park(HNP), J&K

To investigate the differential processes influencing the distribution pattern of Lepidoptera assemblages (moths and butterflies of HNP)

 

Generation of robust datasets generated through ecological monitoring at habitat level

• Generation of scientific evidences in the form of reports on biodiversity of HNP

• Robust data sets

• Thesis on the subject area

• Field survey at HNP (J & K).

• Processing of collected Lepidoptera from HNP.

• Secondary data entry for Apollos for species distribution modelling.

• Registration and course work done for Ph.D. programme at Saurashtra University on the topic ‘Assessing Diversity and Distribution of Lepidoptera focusing on Apollos as Flagship for Biodiversity Conservation in Trans-Himalayan Landscape of Ladakh’.

H-JRF002 Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), Himachal Pradesh

To investigate the differential processes influencing the Lepidoptera diversity of GHNP

 

Generation of robust datasets generated through ecological monitoring at habitat level

Generation of scientific evidences

• Generation of scientific evidences in the form of reports on biodiversity of GHNP

• Robust data sets

• Thesis on the subject area

 

• Field survey at GHNP (Himachal Pradesh).

• Processing of collected Lepidoptera from GHNP.

• Morpho-taxonomy including genitalia dissection of collected Geometrid moths

• Species validation from secondary literature.

• Registration and course work done for Ph.D. programme at Saurashtra University on the topic ‘Diversity and Distributional Pattern of Family Geometridae in GHNP Conservation Area’.

H-JRF003 Askot Wildlife Sanctuary(AWS), Uttarakhand

To investigate how diverse are the Lepidopteran assemblages in AWS

 

Generation of robust datasets generated through ecological monitoring at habitat level

• Generation of scientific evidences in the form of reports on biodiversity of AWS

• Robust data sets

• Thesis on the subject area

 

• Field survey at AWLS (Uttarakhand).

• Processing of collected Lepidoptera from AWLS.

• Morpho-taxonomy including genitalia dissection of collected Noctuid moths

• Preparation of Indian Notodontidae Checklist.

• Data entry from secondary literature.

• Registration and course work done for Ph.D. programme at Saurashtra University on the topic ‘Diversity and Distributional Pattern of Moths with Special Emphasis on Family Noctuidae in AWLS, Uttarakhand’.

H-JRF004 Kanchendzonga Biosphere Reserve(KBR)

To investigate the differential processes influencing the Lepidoptera diversity of KBR

 

Generation of robust datasets generated through ecological monitoring at habitat level

• Generation of scientific evidences in the form of reports on biodiversity of HNP

• Robust data sets

• Thesis on the subject area

 

• Processing of collected Lepidoptera for DNA sequencing.

• ESpecies identification of collected samples from Central Himalaya.

H-JRF005 Singalila National Park(SNP)

To investigate the differential processes influencing the Lepidoptera diversity of SNP

 

Generation of robust datasets generated through ecological monitoring at habitat level

• Generation of scientific evidences in the form of reports on biodiversity of HNP

• Robust data sets

• Thesis on the subject area

 

• Field survey at SNP/NVNP (West Bengal).

• Processing of collected Lepidoptera from Central Himalaya.

• Species validation and entry from secondary literature.

• Species identification of Central Himalaya collections.

• Registration and course work done for Ph.D. programme at Saurashtra University on the topic ‘Moth Assemblages along Altitudinal Gradient in SNP and NVNP- An Ecological and Molecular Approach Emphasizing on Noctuidae’

H-JRF006 Dihang-Dibang Biosphere Reserve(DDBR)

To investigate the differential processes influencing the distribution pattern of Lepidoptera assemblages (moths and butterflies)

 

Generation of robust datasets generated through ecological monitoring at habitat level

• Generation of scientific evidences in the form of reports on biodiversity of HNP

• Robust data sets

• Thesis on the subject area

• Field survey at DDBR (Arunachal Pradesh).

• Processing of collected Lepidoptera from Eastern Himalaya.

• Compilation of secondary data on Himalayan butterfly.

• Validation of Himalayan Pyralidae from Secondary literature.

• Ongoing field sampling at DDBR from 22nd March 2017

H-JRF007 Dihang-Dibang Biosphere Reserve(DDBR) To investigate the differential processes influencing the distribution pattern of Lepidoptera assemblages (moths and butterflies) in DDBR

Generation of robust datasets generated through ecological monitoring at habitat level

• Generation of scientific evidences in the form of reports on biodiversity of HNP

• Robust data sets

• Thesis on the subject area

 

• Butterfly sampling at Central Himalaya and DDBR (Arunachal Pradesh).

• Synthesis of Himalayan butterfly from secondary literature.

• Processing of collected Lepidoptera from Eastern Himalaya.

• Identification of collected butterfly samples.

• Ongoing field sampling at DDBR from 22nd March 2017.

H-JRF008 Eastern Himalaya (Arunachal Pradesh) Study of molecular taxonomy in AP

• Report on status of molecular taxonomy of AP

 

• DNA isolation using organic phase extraction method/silica column kit method/and magnetic bead based protocol.

• Amplification of isolated DNA samples.

• Analysis of forward and reverse chromatograms to obtain the consensus sequences.

H-JRF009 Eastern Himalaya (Meghalaya) Morphology-based taxonomy

• Report on status of molecular taxonomy of AP

 

• Field survey at GHNP (Himachal Pradesh).

• Morphology based identification of collected moth samples.

• Genitalia based identification of Noctuidae, Notodontidae, Geometridae and Erebidae.

• Validation of Himalayan Lepidoptera from Secondary literature.

• Synthesis of secondary data on Himalayan Lepidoptera.

H-JRF0010 Western, Central and Eastern Himalaya

Modelling on GIS-framework and data compilation

comparison of robust datasets generated through ecological monitoring

• Robust database on species/ habitats

• Strategy for conservation

 

• Boundary demarcation of PAs included in the project.

• Preparation of Digital Elevation Map (DEM), Contour and Aspect maps of PAs.

• For NDVI, Landsat 8 and MODIS data procured from USGS.

• Climatic data downloaded from WorldClim.

• Workshop on MAXENT attended at Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

• Field survey at SNP/NVNP, GHNP, AWLS and DDBR for ground truthing.

 

 

 

S.No. Name Date of Joining Name of the PI Qualification Research Title
1. Dr. Abesh Kumar Sanyal 03.06.2016 Dr. Kailash Chandra Ph.D. Lepidoptera (Insecta) as a Potential Indicator Taxa for Tracking Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Landscape
2. Dr. Arockia Lenin 13.10.2016 Dr. Kailash Chandra Ph.D. Lepidoptera (Insecta) as a Potential Indicator Taxa for Tracking Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Landscape
3. Dr. John Caleb 01-03-2017 Dr. Kailash Chandra Ph.D. Lepidoptera (Insecta) as a Potential Indicator Taxa for Tracking Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Landscape
S.No. Name Date of Joining Name of the PI Qualification Research Title
1. Mohd. Ali 29.09.2016 Dr. Kailash Chandra M.Sc. Assessing Diversity & Distribution of Lepidoptera focusing on Apollos (Papilionidae: Parnassini) as Flagship for Biodiversity Conservation in Trans Himalayan Landscape of Ladakh.
2. Kaushik Mallick 06.05.2016 Dr. Kailash Chandra M.Sc. Diversity and Distributional Pattern of Family Geometridae in Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
3. Uttaran Bandyopadhyay 14.05.2016 Dr. Kailash Chandra M.Sc. Diversity and distribution pattern of Moths (Lepidoptera: Heterocera) in special emphasis on family Noctuidae in Askot WLS, Uttarakhand.
4. Rahul Ranjan 24-02-2017 Dr. Kailash Chandra M.Sc. Lepidoptera (Insecta)as potential Indicator- Taxa for tracking Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Landscape
5. Kamalika Bhattacharyya 14.05.2016 Dr. Kailash Chandra M.Sc. Moth (Lepidoptera) assemblages along altitudinal gradient in Singalila and Neora Valley National Park, Central Himalaya, India-An ecological and molecular approach emphasising on Noctuidae
6. Subrata Gayen 14.05.2016 Dr. Kailash Chandra M.Sc. Lepidoptera (Insecta) as a Potential Indicator Taxa for Tracking Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Landscape
7. Gaurab Nandi Das 14.05.2016 Dr. Kailash Chandra M.Sc. Lepidoptera (Insecta) as a Potential Indicator Taxa for Tracking Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Landscape
8. Sumantika Chatterjee 03.05.2016 Dr. Kailash Chandra M.Sc. Lepidoptera (Insecta) as potential indicator-Taxa for tracking Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Landscape
9. Angshuman Raha 03.05.2016 Dr. Kailash Chandra M.Sc. Lepidoptera (Insecta) as a Potential Indicator Taxa for Tracking Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Landscape
10. Rohit Kumar Jaiswal 15.05.2016 Dr. Kailash Chandra M.Sc. Lepidoptera (Insecta) as a Potential Indicator Taxa for Tracking Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Landscape
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