‘eighty years of promoting biodiversity conservation through taxonomic research, scientific training and international networks’

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research


Dr Juliet is Professor Head of the Bat Research Laboratory of Sarah Tucker College, Manonmanium Sundaranar University in peninsular India.



Dr Juliet conducting an outreach programme on bats with local school children.

Dr Juliet presenting her research on bats to local Indian TV.

Below: with German bat biologist Tanja Straka, looking at bat diversity in the Western Ghats, peninsular India.


Dr Juliet with students at the Sarah Tucker College, Tirunelveli.

Dr Juliet Vanitharani

Professor Head of Bat Research Laboratory, Sarah Tucker College, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University

Department of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology and Research Centre
Sarah Tucker College
Palayamkottai
Tirunelveli
Tamil Nadu
India
E-mail: jvanitharani@gmail.com
Phone No: +91 462 2531261
Mobile No: +91 9443153126


Education:

2006: Ph.D. Department of Animal Behaviour and Physiology, Madurai Kamaraj University, India. Title of PhD thesis: Studies on the changes of wing morphology and body weight in a few species of South Indian bats.

1989: M.Phil. The American College (affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University), Madurai, India. Title of M.Sc. thesis: Studies on population dynamics, behavioral and physiological ecology of terrestrial isopods Armadillidum vulgare and Trichoniscus pusillus.  

1982: B.Ed. Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India.

1980: M.Sc. Annamalai University, Chidambaram, India


Research Interests:

  • Bat ecology, diversity and conservation in two Biosphere Reserves of Tamil Nadu - the Islands of the Gulf of Mannar and Agsthiyamalai Biosphere Reserves

  • Study of plant–animal interaction (pollination/seed dispersal) relating to the recovery of lost biodiversity

  • Processes to support aforestation in southern Western Ghats and in agro forest ecosystems to conserve biodiversity.


Current and Recent Research Activities:

2010-2013: Inventory of bat species with an assesssment of their impact on native floral diversity in the Mandapam Group of islands, Gulf of Mannar. (UGC Major Research Project, New Delhi).

2012-2013: Probe into a few endangered floral and faunal species whose survival is dependent on the ‘ecosystem services’ of Latidens salimalii an endangered, endemic fruit bat of Southern Western Ghats India. (Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Abu Dhabi, UAE).

2010-2011: Investigation of the conservation status of Latidens salimalii (Salim Ali’s Fruit bat) in Southern Western Ghats India. (Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Abu Dhabi, UAE).

2010-2011-Preliminary survey of plant animal interaction and its impact on the recovery of an insular flora on the Mandapam group of islands, Gulf of Mannar. Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (Govt.of Tamil Nadu).

2008-2010: Impact assessment of the role of bats, birds, bees, butterflies and beetles as bio-agents (pollinators and seed dispersers) for biodiversity conservation in the southern parts of Tamil Nadu. State Forestry Research Institute of Tamil Nadu Forest Department (Govt.of Tamil Nadu).


List of most recent publications and presentations:


Vanitharani J. and B. Kavitha Bharathi 2012. Analysis of tree-grizzled squirrel interactions and guidelines for the maintenance of endangered Ratufa macroura, in the SrivillipuhurGrizzled squirrel wildlife Sanctuary. Small Mammal Mail-Bi Annual Newsletter of  CCINSA & RIS

Vanitharani, J., L. Jeyapraba and B. Kavitha Bharathi 2011. Bat-Plant Interaction and Their Impact in the Musal and Kurusadai Island Ecosystems of Gulf of Mannar, India Journal of Theoretical and Experimental Biology (ISSN: 0972-9720), 8 (1 and 2): 35-44, 2011.

Vanitharani, J., and B. Kavitha Bharathi 2011.Conservation Tips for the Maintenance of Endangered Ratufa macroura (Grizzled Giant Squirrel), in the Srivilliputhur Wildlife Sanctuary Journal of Theoretical and Experimental Biology (ISSN: 0972-9720), 7 (4): 203-210, 2011.

Vanitharani, J., 2011. Impact of Anthropogenic Perturbation through Science And Developments on the Complex Networks of Bat Diversity and their Interactions in Agasthiyamalai Biosphere Reserve "Chapter  53 In: Recent Advances in Biodiversity of India, Publisher : Zoological survey of India, Kolkata.

Vanitharani, J., Angel Paulina. R, Viji Margaret. I and  Kavitha Bharathi. B 2011. Role of Cynopterus brachyotis (Lesser Dog Faced Fruit Bat), Cynopterus sphinx (Short Nosed Fruit Bat) in Forest Restoration of  Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve"Chapter  51 In: Recent Advances in Biodiversity of India, Publisher: Zoological survey of India, Kolkata.

Vanitharani, J., Viji Margaret. I and Kavitha Bharathi. B. 2011. Role of Common Passeriformes Bird Species in Various Forest Ecosystem of Southern Western Ghats"Chapter  46 In: Recent Advances in Biodiversity of India,Publisher : Zoological survey of India, Kolkata.

Vanitharani, J., Viji Margaret. I , Kavitha Bharathi. B and  Nalini Mabel G,2011.Glimpses of A Few Remarkable Wild Trees for the Survival of Animal Species in Southern Western Ghats "Chapter  9 In: Recent Advances in Biodiversity of India,Publisher : Zoological survey of India, Kolkata.

Vanitharani,J., Kavitha Bharathi B and Viji Margaret. I. 2011. Ficus Diversity In Southern Western Ghats Is A Boon For Biodiversity Conservation – A Glimpse "Chapter 5 In: Recent Advances in Biodiversity of India, Publisher : Zoological survey of India, Kolkata.

Vanitharani, J.,  Kavitha Bharathi. B and Viji Margaret. 2011. Probe in to the Conservation Status of Ratufa  macroura  through the Analysis of Plant-Animal Interactions in the  Srivilliputhur Wildlife Sanctuary Journal of Advanced Biotechnology. Vol.10(10) 67-69 Pub: ISSN :0973-0109 INSA Vol.,No.2,Jul-Dec 2011 (ISSN: 2230-7087).

Vanitharani, I. Viji Margaret, and B. Kavitha Bharathi 2011 Interaction of Big Five ‘Bs’ (Bat, Bird, Butterflies, Beetles, Bees) a boon for Biodiversity Conservation in Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary Journal of Advanced Biotechnology. Vol.10(10) 90-95 Pub: ISSN :0973-0109.

Vanitharani, J. and  L. Jeya Praba 2011a The impact of Bat diversity in the conservation of Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve Biodiversity  Journal of Advanced Biotechnology. Vol.10(10) 57-60Pub: ISSN: 0973-0109.

Vanitharani, J., Selva Ponmalar and L. Jeyapraba. 2011. Impact of bats in the floral diversity conservation at the Hare and Krusadai island of Gulf of Mannar             Journal of Advanced Biotechnology. Vol.10(10) 73-77 Pub: ISSN :0973-0109.

Vanitharani, J., C. Shanmugapriya, B. Kavitha Bharathi and I. Viji Margaret. 2011. Suggestion for Biodiversity Conservation in Mandapam Group of Islands Journal of Advanced Biotechnology. Vol.10(10) 78-81 Pub: ISSN :0973-0109.

Vanitharani, J. and D. Lily.  2011. Chemical Communication a Tool for Conservation and Continuity of  Race’  -  A Case Study with Bats. Journal of Advanced Biotechnology. Vol.10(10) 136-140 Pub: ISSN :0973-0109.

Vanitharani, J. 2011 Bat-plant chemical signaling a boon for conservation of endangered fauna and flora of Southern Western Ghats, India. Journal of Adavnced Biotechnology. Vol.10(10) 61-66 Pub: ISSN :0973-0109.

Vanitharani, J., B. Kavitha Bharathi, I. Viji Margaret, H. Malleshappa, R.K. Ojha, and K.G. Anand Naik 2009 Ficus Diversity in Southern Western Ghats: a Boon for Biodiversity. Conservation Journal of Theoretical and Experimental Biology.  Vol. 6(1): 69-79, Pub: ISSN :0972-9720.

Vanitharani, J. I. Viji Margaret, B. Kavitha Bharathi,  H. Malleshappa, R.K. Ojha and K.G. Anand Naik 2009 Role of common Passeriform Bird Species in Forest Ecosystems of Southern Western Ghats Journal of Theoretical and Experimental Biology.  Vol. 6(1): 87-96, Pub: ISSN :0972-9720.


International/National Workshops and Training:

15th  International Bat Research Conference (IBRC)
 Juliet Vanitharani and Veliah Chelladurai, : “Role of Latidens salimalii -an endemic endangered fruit bat of South India in forest restoration of Southern Western Ghats, India” Charles University,  Czech Republic, Prague, 23-27 August, 2010

3rd. Asian Lepidoptera conservation symposium and training programme
Juliet Vanitharani and Shanmugapriya .C: Interaction of Lepidoptera with the Flora of Mandapam Group of Islands,At   Bharathiar University Coimbatore, October 25-29 2010

International Conference on Implications of biotechnology on biodiversity and its conservation.   Ethiraj College for women and M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation -  Chennai, India January 27-28 2011.

  1. Juliet Vanitharani 2011 ‘Bat-Plant Chemical Signaling a Boon for Conservation of Endangered Fauna and Flora of Southern Western Ghats, India’.
  2. Juliet Vanitharani and D.Lily  2011 ‘Chemical Communication a Tool for Conservation and Continuity of Race  -  A Case Study with Bats’               
  3. Juliet Vanitharani, C. Shanmugapriya, B.Kavitha Bharathi and I.Viji Margaret 2011 ‘Suggestion for Biodiversity Conservation in Mandapam Group of Islands’                
  4. Juliet Vanitharani, Selva Ponmalar and Jeyapraba.L 2011 ‘Impact of bats in the floral diversity conservation at the Hare and Krusadai island of Gulf of Mannar’                 
  5. Juliet Vanitharani, Kavitha Bharathi. B and Viji Margaret 2011. ‘Probe in to the Conservation Status of Ratufa  macroura  through the Analysis of Plant-Animal Interactions in the  Srivilliputhur Wildlife Sanctuary’                          
  6. Juliet Vanitharani, I. Viji Margaret, and B. Kavitha Bharathi 2011 ‘Interaction of Big Five ‘Bs’ (Bat, Bird, Butterflies, Beetles, Bees) a boon for Biodiversity Conservation in Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary ‘
  7. Juliet Vanitharani and  L. Jeya Praba 2011 ‘The impact of Bat diversity in the conservation of Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve Biodiversity’

2nd. International South-East Asian Bat Conference at Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense and SEABCRU,Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. 6-9 June, 2011

  1. Juliet Vanitharani : ‘Bat-plant chemical signalling a boon for conservation of endangered fauna and flora of southern Western Ghats, India - a case study with Latidens salimalii
  2. Juliet Vanitharani and Tanja Straka:’Preliminary Results of an Inventory Expedition with Bat-detector inMandabam Group of Islands’                
  3. Juliet Vanitharani and Shanmugapriya C:’Impact of bats on the floral diversity conservation at Mandapam Group of  islands, Gulf of Mannar’

 International Workshop on “Small Mammal Field Techniques Trainingat College of Forestry, Kerala Agriculty, Trissur, India, 10-14 November 2011 organised by Chiroptera Conservation and Information Network of South Asia CCINSA  and Rodentia, Insectivora, Scandentia Con d Information Network of South Asia RISCINSA  And  Zoo Outreach Organisation and Wildlife Information Liaison Development.