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Rachakonda Sreekar

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I am an amateur conservation ecologist. I try to understand  how species diversity and structure of food-webs change with changing landscapes for better management and conservation of the systems concerned. Currently, I am looking at the change in diversity and species interaction across a tropical habitat gradient between natural ecosystems and agroecosystems.

In the wildlife biology and taxonomy lab, my work initially started with a focus on the diversity and distribution of birds and reptiles in South India. Later, I have started looking at species turnover between habitats and across landscapes. Other studies include habitat-use in golden geckos (Calodactylodes aureus), sexual selection in agamids and cognitive abilities of reptiles.

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RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS

 

Vivek, R., P. R. Agarwal and R. Sreekar (2011). Dusky striped squirrel Funambulus sublineatus as a part of mixed-species bird flocks at Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve. Indian Birds 7(2): 51.

 

Ganesh, S.R., R. Sreekar, S.P. Pal, G. Ramchandra, C. Srinivasulu & B. Srinivasulu (2011). Discovery and first description of male Cnemaspis heteropholis Bauer, 2002 (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Agumbe, central Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 3(8): 2023–2027. 

 

Sreekar, R., K. Saini, S. N. Rao and C. B. Purushotham (2011). Predicting lizard gender: Sexual dimorphism in Calotes rouxii from Agumbe, Karnataka, India. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 6(1):75-80.

 

Seetharamaraju, M., C. Srinivasulu, B. Srinivasulu and R. Sreekar (2011). Notes on the geographic distribution of Eutropis trivittata. Checklist 7(3):363-364.

 

Sreekar, R., Thi Phuong, L. N. and R. D. Harrison (2010). Vertebrate assemblage at a fruiting fig (Ficus caulocarpa) in Maliau Basin, Malaysia. Tropical Conservation Science 3(2): 218-227. (one of the top-five most-downloaded articles for 2010 in Tropical Conservation Science)

 

Sreekar, R. (2010). A study on the habits of Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis. Indian Birds 5(5):152153.

 

Sreekar, R., A. Naidu, M. Seetharamaraju and C. Srinivasulu (2010). Lesser Adjutant Stork and Stork-billed Kingfisher, additions to the birds of Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary with notes on their distributions in Andhra Pradesh, India. Indian Birds 6(6):163-164.

 

Sreekar, R. and C. Srinivasulu (2010). New site record of Yellow-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus xantholaemus from Andhra Pradesh. Indian Birds 5(5):157.

 

Sreekar, R. and R. Rudra (2010). Sighting of the Grey Headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus (Blyth) in Hyderabad. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 106(2):321.

 

Sreekar, R., S. Deodhar and Y. Kulkarni (2010). Predation on Hemidactylus treutleri (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) by the Peninsular rock agama Psammophilus dorsalis (Reptilia: Agamidae) in Rishi Valley, Andhra Pradesh, India. Herpetology Notes 3:3335.

 

Taher, H, R. Sreekar, S. Anguru and S. Taher (2010). Range extension of Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus in Southern India with new records from Andhra Pradesh State. Indian Birds 5(5):153154.

 

Sreekar, R., C. Srinivasulu, M. Seetharamaraju and C. A. Srinivaslulu (2010). Selection of egg deposition sites by the Indian golden gecko Calodactylodes aureus (Beddome, 1870) (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(11):12681272.

 

Sreekar, R., A. Naidu and C. Srinivasulu (2010). Occurrence of Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti in ICRISAT campus, Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, India. Zoos’ Print 25(4):21.

 

Seetharamaraju, M., R. Sreekar, C. Srinivasulu, B. Srinivasulu, H. Kaur and P. Venkateshwarulu (2009). Rediscovery of Vosmer’s Writhing Skink Lygosoma vosmaerii (Gray, 1839) with a note on its taxonomy. Journal of Threatened Taxa 1(12):624626.

 

Srinivasulu, C., B. Srinivasulu, P. Venkateshwarlu, M. Seetharamaraju, H. Kaur and R. Sreekar (2009). Present status of critically endangered species of Gyps in Andhra Pradesh, India. Current Science 96(4):449450.

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