Babu Ram Lamichhane
Babu Ram Lamichhane has an MSc in Natural Resources Management and Rural Development from the Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University in Nepal. Since 2009, he works in Nepal as a ‘Wildlife Research Officer’ with the quasi-government organisation called ‘National Trust for Nature Conservation’. His work includes population surveys and biological monitoring of wildlife species and their habitats. He is also involved in social surveys and community engagement programmes to develop the ability of communities to co-exist with wildlife.
Lamichhane's prior research, among other topics, included surveys of tiger and rhino populations, the rescue of the problem causing tiger/leopard and studies on small carnivores like the fishing cat, yellow-throated marten and the rusty-spotted cat in Nepal’s Terai.
Babu Ram Lamichhane is currently working at Leiden University on his PhD entitled: ‘Spatial and temporal dimensions of human-carnivore interactions in Chitwan National Park, Nepal’. He plans to study both biological and socio-economic aspects of human and carnivore (focusing on tigers and leopards) interaction in core protected areas and multiple-use buffer zone forests. He hopes that his study will deepen the understanding of conflicts between humans and carnivores.
This will also help minimise the loss of local communities from carnivores and getting their support for the conservation of carnivores.