Md Ashraf Ul Hasan

During my undergraduate in Zoology at Jagannath University, Bangladesh, I researched inventory work on butterflies in relation to food sources and climatic factors influencing diversity and richness in the semi-evergreen forest. My ardor for doing research on mammals has been upheld when I have had the opportunity to observe roosting and mating of naked-rumped pouched bat (Saccolaimus saccolaimus). Later, I witnessed the human-rhesus monkey conflict in the urban areas and studied the population status, behavioral ecology and local people’s perception towards the rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). My thirst to divulge the enigmatic life of mammals was evident during my MSc in wildlife and biodiversity conservation, where my thesis focused on feeding behavior, ecology and conservation of capped langur (Trachypithecus pileatus) in a semi-evergreen forest of Bangladesh. I have also engaged in community ecology work focusing niche differentiation between hoolock gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) and other frugivorous vertebrates.  Subsequently, I was involved in large scale research on USAID’s Bengal tiger conservation activity evaluating status of tigers in the South and East Wildlife Sanctuary of the Bangladesh Sundarbans through camera traps. Meanwhile, I felt that bats are the neglected and maligned group in Bangladesh. Considering the fact, I am trying to initiate my PhD research on describing the species composition, diversity patterns and habitat interaction of bats in a fragmented landscape in Bangladesh.     

Ashraf in the forests of Bangladesh