Dr. Chetan HC

Associate Professor
Centre for Conservation of Natural Resources
Mail: chetan.hc@tdu.edu.in
Dr. Chetan’s ResearchGate profile

An ecologist who enjoys using an interdisciplinary approach to explore and address challenges posed by natural resource utilization, ecosystem restoration, and biodiversity conservation, Chetan was previously a Teacher Educator at Azim Premji Foundation and University. He completed his Ph.D., from Manipal University, Before his Ph.D., he has worked on several ecological projects of plant-animal interaction viz. seed dispersal, seed predation, pollination-biology, floral-phenology, human-wildlife conflicts using a camera trapping. He is Masters’ from Bangalore University and undergraduate studies from Kuvempu University.


  • Principle of Ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Interdisciplinary approach to explore and address challenges in Environment and Society
  • Environmental Education

Current Interests:

Research Interests

  • Forest ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Plant-animal Interactions
  • Political ecology of natural resource utilization and biodiversity conservation

Education/Outreach Interests

  • Principle of Ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Environment and Society
  • Environmental Education

Ongoing Research/Education/Outreach Projects:

  • Facilitating BMCs in Education, Awareness, and Skill Development and preparation of People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) by them – funded by Haryana State Biodiversity Board
  • People Biodiversity Registry – documentation, and awareness- Funded by Manipur State Biodiversity Board, Manipur.
  • Documentation of Textual Literature on Ecology & Biodiversity of Chhattisgarh State, Funded by Chhattisgarh State Biodiversity Board.
  • Assessment of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant species (including collection, usage, demand, markets, price trends & life cycle) focusing on landscapes in Sikkim, with special reference to RETs – funded by UNDP, New Delhi.


  • Dhanya B., Harini K.S., Chetan H.C. (2022) Changing People-Nature Linkages Around Green Infrastructure in Rapidly Urbanising Landscapes: The Case of a Protected Area in Bengaluru Metropolitan Region of South India. In: Dhyani S., Basu M., Santhanam H., Dasgupta R. (eds) Blue-Green Infrastructure Across Asian Countries. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-7128-9_12
  • Devasigamani, L., Devarajan, R., Loganathan, R., Rafath, H., Padman, M., Raju, G., Giridhar, L., Chetan, H.C. and Kuppan, N.K., 2020. Lavandula angustifolia L. plants regeneration from in vitro leaf explants-derived callus as conservation strategy. Biotecnología Vegetal, 20(2), pp.75-82.
  • Chetan, H. C., R. Ganesan, and T. Ganesh.2020. Seed and seedling establishment in abandoned tea plantations role of ecological and edaphic factors, southern Western Ghats, India. Tropical Ecology. 1-15.
  • Chetan H.C 2019. Ecological restoration of abandoned tea plantations: Challenges and Prospects in Southern India. Educreation Publishing 144 pp

(Name has been changed since 2014 onwards from Chetana HC to Chetan HC)

  • Chetana, H. C & T. Ganesh. 2013. Reconciling natural history and species ecology: Myristica beddomei (Myristicaceae) in the Western Ghats of India. Tropical conservation science 6 (5): 663-673.
  • Chetana, H. C & T. Ganesh. 2012. Importance of shade trees (Grevillea robusta) in the dispersal of forest tree species in managed tea plantations of the southern Western Ghats, India. Journal of Tropical Ecology 28:187-197.
  • Chetana, H. C, Siddartha Krishnan & T. Ganesh. 2012. Biodiversity regain in abandoned tea plantations. Current Science 102:8 1089-1090.
  • Chetana, H. C & T. Ganesh. 2007. Survey and activity patterns of nocturnal mammals in a fragmented dry deciduous forest of Karnataka. Zoo print journal. 22: 2644-2647.

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Membership of Professional Bodies:

  • World Agroforestry

Team Members:

  • Sheetal Singh
  • Pallavi Vishnoi
  • Nandini D
  • Manish Kumar
  • Ranjith G

MSc by Research Students:

  • Samarth Karanth
  • Yashwanth Gopal
  • Tiasa Adhya
  • Rajaram MR

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