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Assistant Professor


Qualifications :   MSc.,PhD, Post-Doctoral

Areas of current research interest:

  1. Spatial ecology
  2. Animal behaviour
  3. Primatology
  4. Ecological modelling
  5. Remote sensing
  6. Conservation biology
  7. Biodiversity

Contributions to teaching:

  1. Assistant Professor in Department of Zoology, Kannur university (Since 06-08-2020)
  2. BOE Chairman, Department of Zoology, Kannur University (Since August 2020)
  3. Teaches conservation biology (III semester), Advanced Statistics and Biophysics (I st semester), and Animal Physiology (II nd semester) for M Sc Applied Zoology, Kannur University

Post doctoral research:

12.2017 – 12.2019:Post-doc fellow, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv university

Project: Health in a changing climate: the dynamic challenge of snake bite in South Asia, Funded by Medical Research Council, United Kingdom.

09.2016 - 09.2017: Post-doctoral research associate, Department of Geography and Environment, BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY

Project: PHANG (Primate Habitat and Distribution in Western Ghats)

Reviewer of the following journals:

  1. Scientific reports
  2. Remote sensing
  3. Forests (Member of Reviewer board)
  4. Environmental Science and Pollution Research
  5. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-information
  6. Remote Sensing of Environment
  7. American Journal of Primatology
  8. Asian Primates
  9. Folia Primatologica
  10. Sustainability
  11. Biological Invasions


12.2017-12.2019 Post-doctoral fellowship funded by medical research council, UK at Tel Aviv University


  1. Erinjery, J. J., Singh, M, & Kent, R. (2019)
    Diet-dependent habitat shifts at different life stages of two sympatric primate species.
    Journal of biosciences, 44(2), 43.
  2. Erinjery, J. J., Singh, M, & Kent, R. (2018)
    Mapping and assessment of vegetation types in the tropical rainforests of the Western Ghats using multispectral Sentinel-2 and SAR Sentinel-1 satellite imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment, 216, 345-354.
  3. Das, S., Erinjery, J. J., Desai, N., Mohan K., Kumara, H. N., & Singh, M. (2018)
    Dead infant carrying in nonhuman anthropoids: insights from systematic analysis and case studies on bonnet macaques, Macaca radiata and lion-tailed macaqeus, Macaca silenus. Journal of Comparative Psychology.
  4. Erinjery, J. J., Kumara, H. N., Mohan, K., & Singh, M. (2017).
    Interactions of lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) with non-primates in the Western Ghats, India. Current Science, 112 (10), 2129-2134.
  5. Erinjery, J. J., Kumar, S., Kumara, H. N., Mohan, K., Dhananjaya, T., Sundarraj, M., Kent, R., & Singh, M. (2017).
    Losing its ground: A case study of fast declining populations of a ’least-concern’ species, the bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata) using multispectral remote sensing techniques. PloS one, 12 (8), e0182140.
  6. Erinjery, J. J., Kavana, T. S., & Singh, M. (2017).
    Behavioural variability in macaques and langurs of the Western Ghats, India, Folia Prima- tologica, 88(3), 293-306.
  7. Erinjery, J. J., Kumara, H.N., Kavana, T. S., & Singh, M. (2016).
    Are interspecific associations of primates in the Western Ghats a matter of chance? A case study of the lion-tailed macaque. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 32(1), 41-49.
  8. Das, S., Dutta, S., Erinjery, J. J., & Singh, M. (2016).
    First record of bridal snake Dryocalamus nympha in Karnataka. Herpetozoa. 28 (3/4), 206-209.
  9. Singh, M., Kumara, H.N., Kavana, T.S., Erinjery, J. J., & Kumar, S. (2016).
    Demography and reproductive output of langurs of the Western Ghats, India. Primates, 57(4), 501-508. .
  10. Erinjery, J. J., Kavana, T. S., & Singh, M. (2015).
    Food resources, distribution and seasonal variations in ranging in lion-tailed macaques,Macaca silenus in the Western Ghats, India. Primates, 56(1), 45-54.
  11. Kavana, T. S., Erinjery, J. J. & Singh, M. (2015).
    Folivory as a Constraint on Social Behaviour of Langurs in South India. Folia Primatologica. 86 (4), 420-431.
  12. Kavana, T. S., Erinjery, J. J. & Singh, M. (2015).
    Diet of Nilgiri langur Semnopithecus johnii inhabiting tropical montane shola in the Nilgiri hills, south India. Asian Primates Journal. 5(1), 3-11.
  13. Kavana, T. S.,Erinjery, J. J. & Singh, M. (2014).
    Male Takeover and infanticide in Nilgiri Langurs Semnopithecus johnii in the Western Ghats, India. Folia Primatologica, 85(3), 164-177.
  14. Erinjery, J. J., Das, S., Ram, M.S., & Singh, M. (2014).
    Record of the rare Bibrons coral snake Calliophis bibroni from Nelliyampathy hills, Kerala.Journal of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), 111(1), 51.
  15. Singh, M., Erinjery, J. J., & Das, S. (2013).
    Ecology, distribution, population trends and behavior of Indian primates: a research per- spective. University lecture series 2. Central University of Bihar, Bihar.
  16. Singh, M., Erinjery, J. J., Kavana, T. S., Roy, K., & Singh, M. (2011).
    Drastic population decline and conservation prospects of roadside dark-bellied bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata) of southern India. Primates, 52(2), 149-154
  17. Lewin, A., Erinjery, J. J., de Waroux, Y. L. P., Tripler, E., & Iwamura, T. (2021). Land-use differences modify predator-prey interactions and Acacia vegetation in a hyperarid ecosystem. Journal of Arid Environments192, 104547.
  18. Rathinakumar, A., Baheerathan, M., Caspers, B. A., Erinjery, J. J., Kaliraj, P., Baskaran, S., & Marimuthu, G. (2021). Male chemical signalling to recruit females in the greater short-nosed fruit bat Cynopterus sphinx. Acta Chiropterologica23(1), 81-92.
  19. Goldstein, E., Erinjery, J. J., Martin, G., Kasturiratne, A., Ediriweera, D. S., de Silva, H. J., ... & Iwamura, T. (2021). Integrating human behavior and snake ecology with agent-based models to predict snakebite in high risk landscapes. PLoS neglected tropical diseases15(1), e0009047.

Book Chapter

1 Erinjery, J. J., Das, S., Kavana, T.S., & Singh, M. (2015).

Diversity and ecology of non-human primates in India, In: Faunal Diversity of India. Sobti, R.C., Jaiswal, K., & Mishra, S. (Eds.). Narendra Publishing House, Delhi, pp. 513- 524.

Technical reports submitted

1 Erinjery, J. J., & Singh, M. (2014).

Behavioral flexibility of lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs in Nelliyampathy hills, India.

To: Kerala forest department.

2 Singh, M, Kavana, T.S., & Erinjery, J. J. (2011).

Behavioural profile of Nilgiri langurs in Nilgiris, India. To: Tamil Nadu Forest Department.