Sony R K

PhD Student, ATREE

Ph.D research topic
Understanding the transformation of Environmentalism and Environmental subjectivity in Kerala, South India (1980-2015)

Thesis Supervisor
Dr. Siddhartha Krishnan

Research Interests
Environmentalism, Environmental History, Social movements and social change, Social theory, Social History, History of Science, and Cognitive sciences

M.Sc in Zoology, Goa University, Goa (2009)
B.Sc in Zoology, Kannur University, Kerala (2007)

Work and Research Experience

  • Field Officer (2010-June 2011),Winrock International India
  • Worked for developing action plan for conservation of Nilgiri tahr in Southern Western Ghats, Kerala, India.

  • Junior Research Fellow (July-December 2011), Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI).
  • Worked on Developing a database of non-toxic/alternate pest control strategies.

  • Junior Research Fellow (June 2012-July 2013), Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON).
  • Cumulative Environmental Impact assessment of Hydroelectric projects along Satluj River basin, Himachal Pradesh-Faunal aspects



  • Sony, R.K. & P.R. Arun (2015) A case study of butterfly road kills from Anaikatty Hills, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(14):8154–8158 (pdf)
  • Ramesh, C., Santhakumar, B., Arun, P.R.,Sony, R.K., Murugesan, M., Das, A., Bhupathy, S. (2015) Further confirmation for Platyceps rhodorachis (JAN, 1865), from India, with a note on feeding on Cyrtodactylus fasciolatus (Blyth, 1861).Herpetozoa, 28(1/2), 109-112.(pdf)


  • Arun, P.R., Murugesan M, Shantha Kumar, S.B., Sony, R.K, and Ramesh, C. 2014. “Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment of Hydro Electric Projects of Sutlej River Basin in Himachal Pradesh-Faunal Aspects.” Technical report. Coimbatore: SACON.