Madhushree Munsi

PhD Scholar, ATREE

PhD research topic
Prioritizing freshwater habitats for conservation of biodiversity at national, regional and local level.
Supervisor: Dr. Aravind N. A., Fellow, ATREE

Areas of interest

  • Freshwater ecology
  • Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in ecology
  • Landscape ecology

Research interest
My research interests include freshwater ecology and application of geospatial tools in ecology. During my Masters I carried out a project to study the impacts of land use changes in the forests of Dehradun. After Masters I was involved in projects related to Protected Area mapping, ecological niche modeling, vulnerability assessment of landscapes and climate change. I joined the PhD programme at ATREE in July 2011. My thesis focuses on developing protocol for prioritizing conservation sites for freshwater biodiversity conservation at national and regional scale. I am looking at the distribution of freshwater groups like amphibians, freshwater molluscs and aquatic birds. I am also looking at the existing policy frameworks with respect to freshwater conservation in India and analyzing the gaps in these policies.

2011– present: PhD (Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies)
2007 – 09: MSc (Natural Resources Management), TERI, 8.08 (CGPA)
2004 – 07: BSc (Botany Hons.), Delhi University, 75.8%

Professional experience
2010 – 2011: Research Assistant, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc Bangalore
2009 – 2010: GIS Officer, WWF-India

Other Experiences

  • Teaching Assistant at TERI University for the Landscape Ecology course
  • Resource Person in Geoinformatics laboratory, TERI University during Summer School Training on Digital Image Processing, held 20th – 24th July, 2009 (organised by Dr P. K. Joshi)

Projects undertaken/ Reports prepared

  • REDD+ Strategy and implications for India. Submitted to MoEF, India (Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc)
  • Preparation of NATCOM Inventory report for MoEF (CST, IISc)
  • Climate change vulnerability assessment of NE states (CST, IISc)
  • Preparation of State Action Plan reports for the states of Karnataka, Arunachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh (CST, IISc)
  • To develop a protected area management information management in Namdapha National Park, Mouling National Park, Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary and D'Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary – Arunachal Pradesh, using Remote Sensing and GIS (funded by Ministry of Environment and Forest at WWF-India)
  • Ecological niche modelling of black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis) in Ladakh region (pilot study at WWF-India)

Projects undertaken during MSc

  • Assessing the anthropogenic impacts on forest cover: Modeling spatio-temporal change pattern (January – May 2009; intern at WWF-India)
  • A landscape approach for quantifying land use/ land cover changes using geospatial tools (July – December 2008; taken up as an independent study at TERI University, India)
  • Assessing the status of common bird species, habitat quality, food availability and people’s perception of natural areas in Delhi (June – July 2008; intern at TERI University, India)

Research papers

  1. Munsi, M., S. Malaviya, G. Oinam, and P.K. Joshi (2009). A landscape approach for quantifying LULCC (1976-2006) in middle Himalaya. Regional Environmental Change, doi: 10.1007/s10113-009-0101-0.
  2. Malaviya, S., M. Munsi, G. Oinam, and P.K. Joshi (2009). Landscape approach for quantifying LULCC (1972-2006) and habitat diversity in a mining area in Central India (Bokaro, Jharkhand). Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, doi: 10.1007/s10661-009-1227-8.
  3. Munsi, M., G. Areendran, A. Ghosh and P.K. Joshi (2010). Landscape Characterisation of the forests of Himalayan foothills. Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing (Special Issue on Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology) 38: 441-452
  4. Areendran, G., K. Raj, S. Mazumdar, M. Munsi, H. Govil, and P.K. Sen (2011). Geospatial modeling to assess elephant habitat suitability and corridors in Northern Chhattisgarh, India. Tropical Ecology 52 (3), pp. 275
  5. Ravindranath, N.H., Sandhya Rao, Nitasha Sharma, Malini Nair, Ranjith Gopalakrishnan, Ananya S. Rao, Sumedha Malaviya, Rakesh Tiwari, Anitha Sagadevan, Madhushree Munsi, Niharika Krishna and Govindasamy Bala (2011). Climate change vulnerability profiles for North East India. Current Science, 101 (3), pp. 384-3954
  6. Munsi, M., G. Areendran, and P.K. Joshi (2012). Modeling spatio-temporal change patterns of forest cover: A case study from Himalayan foothills (India). Regional Environmental Change, 12(3), pp. 619-632
  7. A. Ghosh, M. Munsi, G. Areendran and P.K. Joshi (2012). Pattern space analysis of landscape metrics for detecting changes in forests of Himalayan foothills. Asian Journal of Geoinformatics, 12 (1).
  8. G. Areendran, M. Raj, K. Raj, S. Mazumdar, J. Forest, M. Munsi, and E. Wikramanayake (2012). Modeling impact of economic development projects on tiger conservation landscape - a case study from Nilgiris, India. Asian Journal of Geoinformatics, 12 (1).
  9. N.H. Ravindranath, Nalin Srivastava, Indu K. Murthy, Sumedha Malaviya, Madhushree Munsi, and Nitasha Sharma (2012). Deforestation and forest degradation in India – Implications for REDD+. Current Science, 102 (8), pp. 1117-1125

Book Chapters

  1. Joshi, P.K., M. Munsi and A. Joshi (2010). Teleprocessing for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction – a perspective. In: Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (Eds. Shaw, R., Pulhin, J. and Pereira, J. et al.), Series: Community, Environmental and Disaster Risk Reduction, 4: 167-188.
  2. Joshi, P.K., M. Munsi and A. Joshi (2011). Geoinformatics for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. In: Geoinformatics for Climate Change Studies (Eds. Joshi, P.K. and Singh, T.P.). The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, 411 – 441.
  3. N.H.Ravindranath, Nitasha Sharma, Anitha Sagadevan, Mathangi Jayaraman, Madhushree Munsi (2012). Climate Change and its impacts on forests of Sikkim. In: Climate Change in Sikkim Patterns, Impacts and Initiatives (Eds. M. L. Arrawatia and Sandeep Tambe). Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok, 127-141.

Conference proceedings

  • Munsi, M., G. Areendran, and P.K. Joshi, 2009 (Oral presentation). Assessing the anthropogenic impacts on forest cover: Modeling spatio-temporal change pattern. In: YETI conference, 24th – 26th September, 2009, IISc, Bangalore, India
  • Areendran, G., M. Munsi, K. Raj, S. Mazumdar, H. Govil, D. Ghose, S. Worah, A. Sarmah, H. Baishya, P.J. Bora, T. Aziz, and C. Williams, 2010 (Oral presentation). A baseline survey of protected area network in North Bank Landscape (NBL) with reference to land use/ land cover (LULC) using remote sensing. In: Map India 2010 conference, 19th – 21st January, 2010, Gurgaon, India
  • Areendran, G., K. Raj, S. Mazumdar, M. Munsi, and H. Govil, 2010 (Poster presentation). Geospatial Modeling to Assess Habitat Suitability and Identify Corridor for Elephants in Northern Chhattisgarh. In: 11th ESRI User Conference, 21st – 22nd April, 2010, Gurgaon, India

Technical Skills

  • Software used: MaxEnt, Fragstats, Idrisi, Erdas, ArcView, ArcGIS
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office
  • Basic knowledge of R