SLN Webinar – Towards improved parasite transmission understanding: A case study from the Indian Trans-Himalaya


The Snow Leopard Network is pleased to announce our next webinar with a focus on investigating disease transmission in high altitude settings. We will travel to the Trans-Himalayas of India with a team of researchers who are looking at snow leopard conservation from a wider perspective – and considering the interactions between parasites, livestock and wild ungulates.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Munib Khanyari and Dr. Manvi Sharma. Our guests will give a particular focus on how multi-use landscapes, home to both wildlife and livestock-dependent herders, require context specific approaches to addressing disease transmission risks. Do join us!

About the Talk

During this talk we will travel to the mountains of Spiti, India. Munib and team explored gastro-intestinal nematode (GINs) infections between wild Bharal and domestic livestock. This was done through a socio-ecological lens, integrating parasite transmission modelling with field surveys and local knowledge. The team then evaluated the likely effectiveness of potential conservation and policy interventions. The main aim of the study was to provide a transferable multi-pronged approach to investigating disease transmission, in order to support herders’ livelihoods and conserve wild ungulates.

About Our Guest – Munib Khanyari

Munib recently completed his PhD that looked at investigating the impact of environmental and social factors on gastro-intestinal nematode (GINs) transmission dynamics between interacting domestic and wild ungulates, exhibiting spatio-temporal dynamics, in temperate Asian rangelands. Munib now works with the Nature Conservation Foundation as a Program Manager. He works primarily across the Trans-Himalayan region of India, aiming to build positive human-nature relationships.

About our Facilitator – Manvi Sharma

Manvi is postdoctoral fellow at the High Altitudes program at Nature Conservation Foundation. She is interested in understanding the diversity in predator and prey traits and how biological communities interact and are assembled. She uses approaches from behavioural, population, and community ecology to answer questions about how animals can show a diverse set of responses to the changing problems around them. She has been interested in carnivore ecology and she is interested in using interdisciplinary approaches to understand and manage carnivore and human relationships in the Indian Himalaya. 

Date/Time:  Tuesday, 30th August, 2022 – 2:00PM Bishkek time.


Location: ZOOM, to join this talk, REGISTER HERE

 Please note:

  • If you have never used Zoom before, we recommend that you try the link 10 minutes before the start of the lecture.
  • Please feel free to write questions in the comment area and there will be time for questions/discussion at the end of the talk.


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