FERAL: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

R.S. Bhalla

Sr. Doctoral Fellow
About

I am a field based ecologist involved in community based management of natural resources and ecosystem services. I have led a number of projects in this area over nearly two decades and have a PhD in ecology. I make extensive use of hydro-meteorologic equipment and participatory frameworks for data collection. I am adept in the use of quantitative methods and analysis which includes a range of GIS and remote sensing software and programming in R.

Much of my work has focused on how communities have adapted to declining environmental services from stressed or degraded ecosystems. I believe that community based management of available resources is a key component of long term disaster risk reduction and vulnerability reduction. My recent work has focused on climate change adaptation and resilience to extreme events and disasters associated with climate change. I have worked with farmers and coastal communities in Southern India on water management, watershed restoration and coastal restoration, and with pastoralists and farmers in Kenya and Somaliland.

I believe strongly in the application of quantitative tools and techniques in research, development and advocacy. I have taught and continue to teach a number of topics. Many of these are in collaboration with other scientists and institutes. I am presently an adjunct faculty at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) Bangalore and teach the course on GIS and remote sensing to their students pursuing their M.Sc. in Wildlife Biology. Many of the courses I teach are hosted on the FERAL course management site <http://www.feral.edu.in/>. I use a hands-on approach to teaching with emphasis on equipping students to accomplish analytic tasks before confronting them with theory.

Completed Projects

Conservation of Kaliveli wetland • Completed June, 2011
Landscape Assesment of the Kalivali Basin • Completed November, 2010

Publications

Journal Article

Bhalla, RS, K. VDevi Prasad, and Neil W Pelkey. 2013. Impact Of India’S Watershed Development Programs On Biomass Productivity. Water Resources Research 49. Water Resources Research: 1568–1580. doi:10.1002/wrcr.20133. http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/wrcr.20133.
Baird, Andrew H, RS Bhalla, Alexander M Kerr, Neil W Pelkey, and Srinivas Vaidyanathan. 2009. Do Mangroves Provide An Effective Barrier To Storm Surges?. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences 106. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences: E111–E111. doi:10.1073/pnas.09008799106. http://www.pnas.org/content/106/40/E111.short.
Bhalla, RS. 2008. Restoration Of Coastal Habitats (Meeting Report). Current Science 95. Current Science: 1519.
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Bhalla, RS. 1997. Diversity And Abundance Of Arthropods On Short Duration Paddy Crop. Insect Environment 3. Insect Environment: 11.

Report

Bhalla, RS. 2014. Thematic Training On Gis And Remote Sensing For Conservation Research And Planning. Pondicherry: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning (FERAL).
PDF icon Small_Grants_Themes_FERAL_Final.pdf (5.96 MB)
Bhalla, RS. 2006. Policy Support For The Green Coast Project. Pondicherry, India: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning.
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Book

Appavou, Gaspard, VA Abraham, and RS Bhalla. 2012. Setting Up Community Based Water And Sanitation Facilities - A Protocol Manual Based On Field Experiences. 1st ed. Pondicherry, India: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning.
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Bhalla, RS, Neil W Pelkey, and Srinivas Vaidyanathan. 2004. Making Maps With Map Maker: An Introduction To Vector Gis For Schools. 1stst ed. Pondicherry, India: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning.
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Bhalla, RS, and Benjamin Larroquette. 2004. Field Methods In Participatory Gis. Pondicherry, India: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning.
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Conference Paper

Bhalla, RS, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, and Srinivas Vaidyanathan. 2011. Vulnerabilities Of Critical Ecosystems And Services In The Western Ghats To Overland Flows And Sedimentation During Extreme Rainfall Events. In Geospatial World Forum Seminars: Disaster Management, 66. Geospatial World Forum Seminars: Disaster Management, 66. Hyderabad, A.P. India: GIS Development.

Map

Bhalla, RS. 2009. Hydrological Delianations Of The Kalivelli Watershed. Puducherry, India: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning.
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Book Chapter

Abraham, VA, and RS Bhalla. 2008. Introduction And Background To The Project. In Studies On Vulnerability And Habitat Restoration Along The Coromandel Coast, 9. Studies On Vulnerability And Habitat Restoration Along The Coromandel Coast. Pondicherry, India: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning.
Vaidyanathan, Srinivas, RS Bhalla, and Sunita Ram. 2008. Impact Of The Tsunami On Coastal Ecosystems And Human Communities. In Studies On Vulnerability And Habitat Restoration Along The Coromandel Coast, 1st ed. Studies On Vulnerability And Habitat Restoration Along The Coromandel Coast. Pondicherry, India: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning (FERAL), UNDP-UNTRS.
Bhalla, RS. 2008. Community Involvement In Habitat Restoration. In Studies On Vulnerability And Habitat Restoration Along The Coromandel Coast. Studies On Vulnerability And Habitat Restoration Along The Coromandel Coast. Pondicherry, India: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning.
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