Ullas Karanth - Bio

Although originally trained as an engineer at NITK, Surathkal in 1971, pursuing his deep passion for wildlife and Ullas Karanth started studying tiger ecology in India in 1986, obtaining his Masters Degree from University of Florida, USA (1988) and PhD from Mangalore University, India (1993).

Dr. Karanth has worked extensively on tiger and prey ecology, published over 100 scientific papers and several books including The Way of  the Tiger, A View from the Machan and Science of Saving Tigers. His focal areas of interest are: carnivore ecology , modeling of wildlife populations, and conservation policy.

He has worked as a conservation scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society since 1988, and is also the founder director of Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore.  He is currently Director for Science-Asia, with the Wildlife Conservation Society.  He has served as board member of WWF India and been a Vice President of Bombay Natural History Society. He serves currently as member on the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Governing Body of the Wildlife Institute of India. 

Dr. Karanth was elected a Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences in 2008.

He was awarded the Sierra Club’s International Earthcare award in 2006, J. Paul Getty Award of WWF in 2007 and Salim Ali Award for lifetime achievement from Bombay Natural History Society in 2009. He won the Karnataka Government’s Rajyothsava Award in 2010 and the Padmashree award from the President of India in 2012.