Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Dr. Ranjini Murali






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Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'202



Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany



Dr. Ranjini Murali

Curriculum Vitae


2020 – 2022 Conservation Scientist, Snow Leopard Trust 
2019 – 2020 Postdoctoral Researcher, Azim Premji University 
2019 PhD, Manipal University in affiliation with Snow Leopard Trust and Nature Conservation Foundation 
2009 MSc in Environmental Biology, University of St. Andrews,UK 
2008 BSc in Zoology, Microbiology, and Chemistry, St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Bangalore, India 

About me


I am interested in understanding human-wildlife interactions and working closely with local communities to develop programmes that can support coexistence. I am also interested in the science-policy interface and have worked closely with the Global  Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Programme (GSLEP), an intergovernmental alliance of the snow leopard range country governments and organizations working on snow leopard conservation, and the Inter Governmental Science Policy Platform on Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (IPBES). 

For my PhD, I worked on understanding how local communities used, valued, and managed ecosystem services in snow leopard landscapes, with a focus on Spiti Valley and Ladakh in India, South Gobi, Mongolia, and the Tien Shan in the Kyrgyz Republic.  

My current research focuses on understating the impacts of institutional change on the abundance and distribution of big cats, specifically the snow leopard. 


Selected Publications 



Mundoli, S., Jacob, J., Murali, R.*, and Nagendra, H. (2022). Climate change: The missing discourse in the Indian parliament. Environmental Research: Climate 

Alexander, J*., Bijoor, A., Gurmet, K., Murali, R., Mishra, C., and Suryawanshi, K. (2022). Engaging women in the protection of biodiversity: evidence from snow leopard landscapes. Environmental Conservation. Pp 1-7. 

Filyushkina, A*., Ryu, H., Kadykalo, A., Murali, R., Washbourne, C., Saidi, N., Peter, S., Pisa, P., Sarzynski, T., Sylvie, C., Ávila-Flores, G., Amiar, T. (2022) Engaging at the science-policy interface as an early-career researcher: experiences and perceptions in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services, 18(1): 397-409. 

Murali, R*., Bijoor, A., Thinley, T., Gurmet, K., Chunit, K., Togbe. R., Thuktan, T., Suryawanshi. K., Nagendra.H., Mishra, C. (2022) Indigenous governance structures for maintaining an ecosystem service in an agro-pastoral community in the Indian trans-Himalaya. Ecosystem Services (18(1): 303 – 314. 


Young, J.C.*, Alexander, J.S., Bijoor, A., Sharma, D., Dutta, A., Agvaantseren, B., Mijiddorj, T.N., Jumabay, K., Amankul, V., Kabaeva, B., Nawaz, A., Khan, S., Ali, H., Rullman.J.S., Sharma, K., Murali, R., and Mishra, C. (2021). Community-based conservation for the sustainable management of conservation conflicts: Learning from practitioners. Sustainability13(14):7557. 

Murali, R*., Kuwar, A., and Nagendra, H. (2021). Who’s responsible for climate change? Untangling threads of media discussions in India, Nigeria, Australia, and the USA. Climatic Change 164(3):1-20.  

Murali, R*., Bijoor, A. and Mishra, C. (2021). Gender and the Commons: Water management in trans-Himalayan Spiti valley, India. Ecology, Economy and Society-the INSEE Journal 4:113-122.  

Somesh, D., Rao, R., Murali, R*., and Nagendra, H. (2021). Patterns of urban foraging in Bengaluru city. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening  57:126940.  


Murali, R.*, Ikhagvajav, P., Amankul, V., Jumabay, K., Sharma, K., Bhatnagar, Y.V., Suryawanshi, K., and Mishra, C. (2020). Ecosystem service dependence in livestock and crop-based production systems in Asia's high mountains. Journal of Arid Environments 180:104204.  


Murali, R.*, Suryawanshi, K., Redpath, S., Nagendra, H., and Mishra, C. (2019). Changing use of ecosystem services along a rural-urban continuum in the Indian Trans-Himalaya. Ecosystem Services 40:101030.  


Murali, R.*, Redpath, S., and Mishra, C. (2017). The value of ecosystem services in the High Altitude Spiti Valley, Indian Trans-Himalaya. Ecosystem Services 28:115-123.  


Mishra, C.*, Bhatnagar, Y.V., Trivedi, P., Timbadia, R., Bijoor, A., Murali, R., Namgail, T., and Prins, H.H.T. (2016). The role of village reserves in revitalising the natural prey base of the snow leopard. In Snow Leopards: Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes (eds T. McCarthy & D. Mallon), pp. 184–195. Elsevier Academic Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

Mohammad, G., Mostafawi, S.N., Dadul, J., Rosen, T., Mishra, C., Bhatnagar, Y.V., Trivedi, P., Timbadia, R., Bijoor, A., Murali, R., and Sonam, K. (2016). Livestock husbandry and snow leopard conservation. In Snow Leopards: Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes (eds T. McCarthy & D. Mallon), pp. 179-195. Elsevier Academic Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 


Murali, R.*, and Raman, T.S. (2012). Streamside amphibian communities in plantations and a rainforest fragment in the Anamalai hills, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 4(9): 2849- 2856.