NOV 06

Field Biology Training- NTGP, October 19, 2011

Trainers

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Dr. Marcella Kelly, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Science, Laboratory for Wildlife Habitat and Population Analysis. Current project focus on population estimation for jaguars, pumas, ocelots via remote camera and genetic mark-recapture; tiger population size and occupancy estimation via remote cameras and sign surveys in Sumatra; Tiger ecology and demographics in Churia habitat Nepal; Red wolf road ecology in North Carolina; Appalachian coyote ecology in Virginia





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Mr. Kanchan Thapa , Ph.D. candidate, Virginia Tech Mr. Thapa has several years of experience working in conservation field in Nepal. He was the PI for Landscape level survey on tigers and their prey in Nepal. He also helped develop protocol for Monitoring Tigers and Their Prey in Terai Arc Landscape, Nepal; it was endorsed by Nepali government for implementation.








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Field Biology Training was organized at the Chitwan National Park on October 19, 2011. Dr. Marcella J Kelly, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, USA and Mr. Kanchan Thapa, Doctorial student, Virginia Tech gave training to 19 field survey participants from the Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park and Suklaphanta Wildlife Conservation Area. NTNC staffs and Chitwan National Park Staffs also took the training on scat collection techniques. The training covered:

  • Field sample identification
  • Field sample handling and storage
  • Sample shipping logistics

Dr. Marcella and Mr. Kanchan gave hands on practical training using real tiger and leopard scats. NTGP will mobilize government staffs and field experts to collect putative tiger scats from the study sites as a collaborative effort between CMDN and the DNPWC and MoFSC.




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Marcella Kelly, Ph.D. Advisor-Field Biology Virginia Tech

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Kanchan Thapa Co-PI-NTGP

 

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Trainees    

NTGP tam with the field Biology trainee

Dr. Kelly training on field biology

Training materials

Scat handling training