Position: PhD scholar (Thesis submitted)
I started bird watching as a hobby which later became my passion and I continued this passion as “research”. I have completed my Master in Wildlife Studies from Center for Wildlife studies, KVASU, Wayanad andjoined as a PhD scholar under Dr. P.A. Sinu in 2015. I have been working with heronry bird ecology for the past fiveyears during which I have done population surveys, dietary studies, socio- economics of heronry birds and parasitic studies. Presently my researches are focused on climatic influence and land use change effects on the breeding colonies of these resident waterbirds. My other research interests include Wildlife -Ecology, Ethology and Conservation and Human- wildlife interactions.
- 2019 Chandrashekharan memorial award by the Kerala Forest Research Institute, Kerala
- DST-INSPIRE Ph.D. fellowship
- Member- The IUCN-SSC Heron Specialist Group
- Expert Member- District Level Expert Appraisal Committee (DEAC) for Environmental clearance
- Secretary- Malabar Awareness and Rescue Centre for Wildlife, Kannur
- Editor and Hotspot reviewer- for Kannur and Kasaragod districts in ebird.org
- Member- Malabar Natural History Society, Calicut
- Volunteer- Wildlife Crime Control Bureau
- Charutha et al. (2021) Urban heronry birds tolerate human presence more than its conspecific rural birds. Journal of Natural History (2021)
- Landry Yuan et al. (2020) Sacred groves and serpent‐gods moderate human–snake relations. People and Nature
- Roshnath, R., Kunhiraman, E., Rajan, C.V. 2018. Incidence of snake bite and corresponding compensation payments in the Kannur district of Kerala, India. The Herpetological Bullettin 143: 26-29.
- Roshnath and Sinu (2021) Co-breeding involving herons and a potential egg predator, the Indian House Crow (Corvus splendens), in Peninsular India. Ecological Complexity (2021)
- Roshnath R. and Sinu P.A. 2017. Nesting tree characteristics of heronry birds of urban ecosystems in peninsular India: implications for habitat management. Current Zoology, 1–7 doi: 10.1093/cz/zox006
- Roshnath, R. 2017. Snake rescues; A conservation effort in Kannur district. Kongunadu Research Journal 4(1): 161-165.
- Arjun, C.P., Anoop, V.K., Tijo, K.J., Anoopkumar, T.K. and Roshnath, R. 2017. Invasive plants – A boon or bane to the lepidopteron fauna: conservation and management plan suggestions. Kongunadu Research Journal 4(1): 148-160.
- Roshnath, R., Chandy, G., and Jayson, E. A. 2016. Does the diet of the Little Cormorant Microcarbo niger affect commercial fisheries? Indian Birds 12 (1): 7–9.
- Roshnath, R. and V. Shruthi, 2015. Habitat utilization by wetland birds of Munderikadavu, a proposed Bird Sanctuary in Northern Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 7 (12):7870–7878.
- Sashikumar C., Bimalnath KG, HariMavelikara, HarikumarMannar, ES Praveen, Raju S, Roshnath R, Sathyan Meppayur, B Sreekumar, A K Sivakumar, CK Vishnudas, Praveen J and Nameer P O. 2015. Heronries of Kerala – 2014. Malabar Trogon 13(2&3):2-11.
- Roshnath R. and P. A. Sinu (2017) Developmental pressure; a threat to heronry birds in Kannur District, Kerala in YETI MEET 4th-7th 2017, Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam, India (Poster presentation)
- Roshnath R. and D. Jayaprasad (2015), Status and Threats of Snakes in North Kerala. International Conference on “Biodiversity & Evaluation: Perspective & Paradigm shift” December 2nd & 3rd, 2015, SreeSankara College, Kalady, Kerala, India (Poster presentation)
PRIZES, AWARDS AND GRANTS
IDEA WILD Grants (2017)
Student Wildlife Award- CLAW (Conservation Legacy for Asiatic Wildlife) 2016 by Sir Syed College, Thaliparamba, Kannur
OTHER PROJECTS INVOLVED
- Kannur Bird Atlas (July 16th – September 13th 2016) – a citizen science project to map the distribution of birds in the district. Organized by Kerala Forest Department and Ebird India
- Wildlife Rescues And Rehabilitation by MARC
- Conservation of House Sparrows in Kannur by MARC
CONFERENCES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS ATTENDED
- Young Ecologist Talk and Interact workshop on Niche Modelling, Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, 4th-7th 2017, Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam, India.
- Post Conference Workshop on Biostatistics organized by Department of Animal Science, Central University of Kerala. 1- 2 April 2016, RSTC, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala, India.
- Conference on Insect Biodiversity Studies: Where Does India Stands in the Global Map organized by Dept. of Animal Science, Central University of Kerala, and Entomological society of India and Prof. T. C. Narendran Trust for Animal Taxonomy. 29-31 March 2016, RSTC, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala, India.
- International Conference on “Biodiversity & Evaluation: Perspective & Paradigm Shift” December 2nd & 3rd, 2015, SreeSankara College, Kalady, Kerala, India.
- National Seminar on Management of Bioresources in Western Ghats- A Technological Approach 17th and 18th September 2015. SAS SNDP Yogam College, Konni.
- Indian Bee Course – 2015 organized by Department of Animal Science, Central University of Kerala.10-14 August 2015, RSTC, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala, India.
- Workshop on “The use of social media in Biodiversity Conservation” organized by Centre for Environmental Education on February 26 -28, 2015 in Bangalore.
- Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation on June 3rd 2017 from Seminar Hall, Forest Complex, Kannothumchal associated with MARC and Kerala Forest Department.
- Captive Elephant Welfare and Management on March 3rd 2017 from Seminar Hall, Forest Complex, Kannothumchal associated with MARC and Kerala Forest Department
- Human-Snake Conflicts and Conservation on World snake day July 16th 2016 from Seminar Hall, Forest Complex, Kannothumchal associated with MARC and Kerala Forest Department
- Given talks to various schools, colleges, nature camps on topics such as – Biodiversity, Wildlife and its Conservational needs, Snakes around Us, Human-snake interactions, Birds of Kerala, ebird