Publications and Presentations

47. Oommen, M.A., Cooney, R., Ramesh, M., Archer, M., Brockington, D., Buscher, B., Fletcher, R., Natusch, D.J.D, Vanak, A.T., Webb, G. and Shanker, K. (Accepted). The fatal flaws of compassionate conservation. Conservation Biology


46. Carricondo-Sanchez, D. O. Morten, A. Kulkarni, A. T. Vanak (In revision). Different strategies for coexistence of mesocarnivores in a human dominated landscape in Maharashtra, India. BioTropica


45. Hoffman, M, ….Vanak, A.T. et al. (In revision). Right on track? Performance of satellite telemetry in terrestrial wildlife research. PlosOne.


44. Hartel, T., Scheele, B., Vanak, A. T., Rozylowicz, L., Linnell, J.D.C., Ritchie, E. G. (In revision). Mainstreaming large carnivore-human coexistence: a key role for cross institution collaboration. Biological Conservation.


43. Thaker, M., Gupte, P. R., Prins, H. H. T., Slotow, R., & Vanak, A. T. (2019). Fine-scale tracking of ambient temperature and movement reveals shuttling behaviour of elephants to water. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution7, 4.


42. Tiwari, H.K. M. O'Dea, I.D. Robertson, Vanak, A.T(2019). Knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) towards rabies and free-roaming dogs (FRD) in Shirsuphal village in western India: A community based cross-sectional study". PLoS Negl Trop Dis 13(1): e0007120.


41. Tiwari, H.K. Vanak, A.T., M. O'Dea, I.D. Robertson (2018). Knowledge, attitudes and practices towards dog-bite related rabies in para-medical staff at rural primary health centres in Baramati, western India. PLOSOne 13(11): e0207025


40. Tiwari, H.K. Vanak, A.T., M O'Dea, J Gogoi-Tiwari, ID Robertson (2018). A comparative study of enumeration techniques for Free-roaming dogs in rural Baramati, District Pune, India.Frontiers in veterinary science 5, 104


39. Jayadevan, A., S. Mukherjee & Vanak, A. T. (2018). Bush encroachment influences nocturnal rodent community and behavior in a semi-arid grassland in Gujarat, India. Journal of Arid Environments 153 (2018) 32-38


38. Home, C., Bhatnagar, Y.V. & Vanak, A. T. (2018). Canine Conundrum: domestic dogs as an invasive species and their impacts on wildlife in India. Animal Conservation


37. Thekaekara, T., A.T. Vanak, A. J. Hiremath, N. D. Rai, J. Ratnam and R. Sukumar (2017). Notes from the Other Side of a Forest Fire Economic and Political Weekly, 52, 25-26.

36. Vanak, A.T., A. Hiremath, S. Krishnan, T. Ganesh, N. Rai (2017) Filling in the (forest) blanks: the past, present and future of India’s savanna grasslands. In A. Hiremath, N. Rai, A. Siddhartha : Transcending Boundaries: Reflecting on Twenty Years of Action and Research at ATREE, ATREE, Bangalore pp.89-93.

35. Doherty, T. S., Dickman, C. R., Glen, A. S., Newsome, T. M., Nimmo, D. G., Ritchie, E. G., Vanak, A. T. & Wirsing, A. J. (2017). The global impacts of domestic dogs on threatened vertebrates. Biological Conservation210, 56-59.

34. Home, C., Pal, R., Sharma, R. K., Suryawanshi, K. R., Bhatnagar, Y. V., & Vanak, A. T. (2017). Commensal in conflict: Livestock depredation patterns by free-ranging domestic dogs in the Upper Spiti Landscape, Himachal Pradesh, India. Ambio, 1-12.

33. Chundawat, R.S., K. Sharma, N. Gogate, P. K. Malik and A. T. Vanak (2016) Scale mis-match and space use patterns of tigers in a Tropical Dry Forest habitat of India prior to their local extinction. Biological Conservation 197: 146-153.

32. Vanak, A. T., A. Kulkarni, A. Gode, C. Sheth and J. Krishnaswamy (2015). Extent and status of semi-arid savanna grasslands in India. In G. S. Rawat and B.S. Adhikari (Eds), Ecology and Management of Grassland Habitats in India, ENVIS, WII, Dehra Dun pp 192-201.

31. Vanak, A. T. & Ali. R. (2014). Not just subjective, but also sloppy – A response to Bhadra. Current Science 107, 1779-1780.

30. Vanak, A. T., K. K. Karanth, S. Hedges, E. Di Minin, R. Slotow, M. Thaker, K. Shanker, N. Rai, M. J. Tyson, J. Krishnaswamy, U. Ramakrishanan, K. U. Karanth (2014). Potholes in the Global Roadmap – Response to Laurance et al. Nature online commentary

29. Belsare, A. V, Vanak, A. T. & Gompper, M.E. (2014). Epidemiology of viral pathogens of free-ranging dogs and Indian foxes in and around the Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, central India. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 61 (s1), 78-86.

28. Vanak, A.T., Belsare, A.V., Uniyal, M. & Ali, R. (2014). Science in the dog house. Current Science 107, 341- 343.

27. Selier, S.A.J., Page B., Vanak, A.T., & Slotow, R. (2014). Sustainability of elephant hunting across international borders in southern Africa: A case study of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. Journal of Wildlife Management 78 (1), 122-132.

26. Ritchie, E. G., Dickman, C. R., Letnic, M. & Vanak, A. T. (2014). Dogs as predators and trophic regulators In Gompper, M. (Ed) Free-ranging dogs and    wildlife conservation. Oxford University Press, pp 55-68.

25. Vanak, A. T., Dickman, C.R., Silva-Rodriguez, E. A., Butler, J. R.A., & Ritchie, E. G., (2014). Top-dogs and under-dogs: Competition between dogs and sympatric predators In Gompper, M. (Ed) Free-ranging dogs and wildlife conservation. Oxford University Press, pp 69-93.

24. Punjabi, G., Chellam, R. & Vanak, A. T. (2013) Importance of native grassland habitat for den-site selection of Indian foxes in a fragmented landscape. PLoSOne 8(10): e76410.

23. Vanak, A. T., Fortin, D., Thaker, M., Owen, C, Lehmann, M, Greatwood, S. & Slotow, R. (2013). Moving to stay in place: behavioural mechanisms of co-existence in an African large carnivore guild. Ecology 94, 2619- 2631. Recommended by Faculty of 1000 for Special Significance.

22. Delsink, A., Vanak, A. T., Ferreira, S. & Slotow, R. (2013) Biologically relevant scales in large mammal management policies. Biological Conservation 167, 116-127

21. Belsare, A.V. & Vanak, A.T. (2013). Use of xylazine hydrochloride-ketamine hydrochloride for immobilization of Indian foxes. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44 (3), 753-755

20. Jorge, A, Vanak, A. T., Thaker, M., Begg, C. & Slotow, R. (2013) Costs and benefits of leopard to the sport hunting industry and local communities in Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique. Conservation Biology 27(4), 832-843

19. Birkett, P. J., Vanak, A. T., Ferreira, S. & Slotow, R. (2012). Animal perception of seasonal thresholds: changes in elephant movement in relation to rainfall patterns. PLoSOne 7(6): e38363. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0038363

18. Vanak, A.T., Shannon, G., Thaker, M., Page, B., Grant, R., & Slotow, R. (2012). Biocomplexity in large tree mortality: interactions between elephant, fire and landscape in an African savanna. Ecography 35 (4) 315- 321.  DOI:  10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.07213.x

17. Shannon, G., Thaker, M., Vanak, A.T., Page, B., Grant, R., & Slotow, R. (2011). Relative impacts of elephant and fire on large trees in a savanna ecosystem. Ecosystems 14: 1372-1381. Cover Story

16. Thaker, M., Vanak A.T*., Owen, C., Lehmann, M., Greatwood, S. & Slotow, R. (2011). Minimizing predation risk in a landscape of multiple predators: effects on the spatial distribution of African ungulates. Ecology 92(2) 398-407. DOI: 10.1890/10-0126.1. *Co-first author

15. Vanak, A.T. & Gompper, M.E. (2010). Interference competition at the landscape level: the effect of free- ranging dogs on a native meso-carnivore. Journal of Applied Ecology 47: 1225:1232

14. Vanak, A. T., Thaker, M, & Slotow, R. (2010). Do fences create an edge-effect on the movement patterns of a highly mobile mega-herbivore? Biological Conservation 143: 2631-2637

13. Thaker, M., Vanak, A.T., Owen, C, Lehmann, M, & Slotow, R. (2010). Group size and herd composition in African ungulates depend on habitat openness and predation risk. PLoSONE 5(9): e12758. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012758

12. Vanak, A.T. & Gompper, M.E. (2010). Multiscale resource selection and spatial ecology of the Indian fox in a human-dominated dry grassland ecosystem. Journal of Zoology 281: 140-148. Featured Paper: Journal of Zoology podcast - Summer 2010

11. Thaker, M., Vanak, A.T., Hews, D.K. & Lima, S.L. (2010). Aversive learning of a novel attacker in wild lizards is mediated by corticosterone. American Naturalist 175(1): 50-60

10. Vanak, A.T. & Gompper, M.E. (2009). Dogs (Canis familiaris) as carnivores: Their role and function as intraguild competitors. Mammal Review 39: 265-283. 2012 Virtual Issue.

9. Vanak, A. T., Thaker, M & Gompper, M. E. (2009). Experimental examination of behavioural interactions between free-ranging wild and domestic canids. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 64:279-287

8. Vanak, A.T. & Gompper, M.E. (2009). Dietary niche separation between sympatric free-ranging domestic dogs and Indian foxes in central India. Journal of Mammalogy 90: 1058–1065. Cover Story.

7. Vanak, A.T., Irfan-Ullah, M. & Peterson, T. (2008). Gap analysis of Indian fox conservation using ecological niche modeling. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 105: 49-54

6. Gompper, M.E. & Vanak, A. T. (2008). Subsidized predators, landscapes of fear, and disarticulated carnivore communities. Animal Conservation 11: 13-14.

5. Vanak, A.T. & Gompper, M.E. (2007). Effectiveness of non-invasive techniques for surveying activity and habitat use of the Indian fox in southern India. Wildlife Biology 13: 219-224.

4. Gompper M.E. & Vanak, A.T. (2006). Vulpes bengalensis. Mammalian Species 795: 1-5.

Book reviews and natural history notes

3. Gompper, M.E. & Vanak, A.T. (2009). Book Review: Non-invasive survey methods for carnivores.

Environmental Conservation 36 : 81-82.

2. Vanak, A.T. & Mukherjee, S. (2008). Identification of scat of Indian fox, jungle cat and golden jackal based on morphometrics. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 105: 212.

1. Vanak, A. T. (2005). Distribution and status of the Indian fox (Vulpes bengalensis) in southern India. Canid News  8.1  [Online]: