Yadvendradev V. Jhala
Yadvendradev V. Jhala, PhD is a faculty member at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Uttaranchal, India. He is also a research associate of the Genetics Program, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA. Currently, he is the IUCN Wolf Specialist for India.
Dr Jhala conducted various research projects in India. His studies on herbivore ecology were published on prestigious international journals (example, Jhala YV. Seasonal effects on the nutritional ecology of blackbuck Antelope cervicapra. J Appl Ecol 34: 1348-1358,1997). He also focused on predation of herbivores by wolves (example, Jhala YV. Predation on Blackbuck by Wolves in Velavadar National-Park, Gujarat, India. Conserv Biol 7: 874-881, 1993). Studies conducted by Dr Jhala addressed broad perspectives including ecological relationships between predators such as wolves and prey. He analyzed the relationship between wolves and humans and the real-world conservation biology of wolves in India (example, Jhala YV, Giles RH. The Status and Conservation of the Wolf in Gujarat and Rajasthan, India. Conserv Biol 5: 476-483, 1991).
Dr Jhala is a leading expert and influential thinker on
aspects of human-wolf conflicts. His studies document cases of
deadly wolf attacks towards young people in India. This severe
form of conflict reached its peak in eastern Uttar-Pradesh in
1996 when a wolf was found to be responsible for attacks on 76
children (of which over 50 were fatal). Cases presented and
analyzed by Dr Jhala are extreme examples of the challenges posed
by predator conservation. His description of the socio-economic
characteristics of affected human communities prompt
considerations that often go beyond traditional