Varun Goswami, WCS, India
Varun R. Goswami has been associated with WCS – India Program since 2003. Varun’s overarching goal is to work towards the conservation of wildlife and their habitats in its broadest sense. Towards such an end, his research interests are largely applied in nature, and aimed at building a strong scientific basis for conservation action and policy. His Doctorate work was focused on investigating the conservation potential of heterogeneous, human-dominated landscapes for the endangered and conflict-prone Asian elephant. He utilised occupancy and matrix population modeling to provide important insights into the opportunities and challenges of conserving elephants in landscapes that characterise their range across India, and most of Asia. Varun has received grants from US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and World Wildlife Fund Asian Rhinoceros and Elephant Action Strategy (WWF-AREAS) among others, and awards for outstanding graduate research from the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida.