Mammalian ecology, large carnivore ecology, Biodiversity Conservation
A-3, English House, AMU, Aligarh-202 002
Jamal Ahmad Khan did M.Sc. in Zoology with specialization in Wildlife Biology & Ornithology in 1986 from the Aligarh Muslim University. He carried out fieldwork for M.Phil. & Ph.D. program in Gir National Park & Lion Sanctuary from 1986-1988 on ungulate-habitat ecology from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun under the able guidance of Late Prof A.H. Musavi, late Dr. William Alan Rodgers, Dr. Anna Jawahar Thomas Johnsingh and Dr. P.K. Mathur. He joined the Department of Wildlife Sciences as lecturer in 1989 and became reader in 1998 and Professor in 2006. He has recently been appointed as Professor in Biodiversity & Environmental Studies in 2019. He was Chairman, Department of Wildlife Sciences from July 2005 to June 2008 and from May 2011 to May 2017. Currently he is Chairman, DWS since May 2020. He co-authored the Diversification Plan 2007-2017 for the Department and introduced four new courses and three sections in the Department during this period. He also conceptualized and developed International Training Centre & Hostel which became functional on 11/12/2013. He has conceptualized the proposal for establishment of Faculty of Environmental Sciences with three departments of Studies namely Department of Wildlife Sciences, Department of Biodiversity and Environmental Studies and Department of Landscape and Climate Change Studies. The proposal for faculty establishment has been approved by all statutory bodies of the Aligarh Muslim University and is awaiting approval of the Visitor of the Aligarh Muslim University. He has been member of National Tiger Conservation Authority, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, GOI from 2006 to 2009 and member of State Wildlife Advisory Board, Uttar Pradesh from 2011-2012. He was also member of the Uttar Pradesh Tiger Protection Society since its inception. He was also member of IUCN Cat Specialist Group. He also served as the Officer-on-Special Duty (Developement) of the Aligarh Muslim University from 2012 to 2020 for four terms. As OSD (Developement), AMU, he and his competent team compiled and developed 12th Five Year Developemnt Plan of the Aligarh Muslim University which was implemented from 2012-2017. During 8 years as OSD (Developement), AMU he and his competent team successfully managed to utilize >400 crores of development grant given to the AMU. Dr. Jamal A Khan was selected by the Ministry of Education, GOI for 3 weeks training program on "LEADERSHIP FOR ACADEMICIANS PROGRAM (LEAP) conducted at the IIT Roorkee NOIDA campus and later at the University of Michigan, USA. His current research interests are large carnivore ecology, human wildlife conflict studies, biodiversity conservation and conservation of endangered taxa such as tiger, lion, swamp deer etc. He has been studying ecology of leopard in Gir National Park and Lion Sanctuary since 2002 and the project is still continuing in Gir. He has recently concluded research projects in Gir National Park and Sanctuary with financial assistance from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and the PURSE I & II program from the Department of Science & Technology. Dr. Khan teaches Population Biology, Conservation Biology and Biostatistics at post graduate level at the Department of Wildlife Sciences. Dr. Khan aims to initiate a mega research effort titled "Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation in Selected India States for Promoting Community Conservation Approach & Livelihood Generation for Local Communities" in 2021. His current prime academic goal is to develop post graduate course curriculum in Environmental Science as he aims to introduce M.Sc. in Environmental Science from academic session 2021-22 along with his Departmental colleagues.