Shekhar Kolipaka studied Natural Resource Management at the Indian Institute of Forest Management in India. During his study and later as part of his work, he worked on small carnivorous mammal research. His research interests were to understand how small wildcats and other carnivores species survived in habitats along the fringes of forests, where man-animal interactions commonly occur. His thesis was on the Status of the Indian Caracal, an endangered felid found in India.
During a consultancy project to draft the buffer zone management plan for a tiger reserve in India, Shekhar’s interest drew towards understanding the actual implementation prospects of a co-existence buffer zone within the Panna Tiger Reserve. This subject also formed the topic of his thesis when he enrolled for a research masters at the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa.
Shekhar Kolipaka currently working on his PhD at the Leiden University. The working title of his PhD is ‘Human- Wildlife Interactions: Can tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) and other large carnivores survive in multi-use forests outside the National Parks in India?’ Through his research Shekhar plans to study aspects of human and tiger behaviour in human dominated multi-use forest areas. He hopes that his study will deepen understanding on the challenges in securing human dominated forest areas for tiger and other large carnivore conservation in India.