The Centre for Ecological Sciences, founded in 1983 with the support of Ministry of Environment and Forests offers exciting opportunities for research in a variety of areas in ecology. Over the past 25 years, and more, we have instilled a tradition of rigorous enquiry in diverse areas of ecology, evolution and behavior. Our projects are often integrative and we use multiple approaches, from theoretical and laboratory studies to field-based research, to explore our research questions. A number of our research areas are breaking new ground in ecology while others have significant roles in conservation.
Exciting new areas are on the horizon, both disciplinary and geographic. We hope to establish long term monitoring programmes at key biodiversity areas across the country to monitor responses to anthropogenic impacts and climate change, and to provide bases for capacity building, training and outreach. We also plan to establish a Natural History Museum showcasing our extensive collections of flora and fauna and to educate and entertain the public with our findings.
Our teaching program has expanded and diversified over the past ten years and our student strength is at an all-time high. We have been involved in several outreach programs and have provided inputs into government policies. Students at CES have been involved in pioneering a student’s conference on ecology, evolution and conservation science since 2008, now called YETI (Young Ecologists Talk and Interact) and in Student Conference for Conservation Sciences , Bangalore. It is in such initiatives by a generation trained in the rigour of science but steeped in the spirit of collegiality and collaboration that we see a great future for ecology and evolution in India.
In the coming decades, we expect that CES will continue to evolve, expand and diversify its activities in teaching, research, outreach and conservation, whilst maintaining its standards of academic excellence.