Shaily Menon, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1993. The Ohio State University. Interdisciplinary program: Zoology, Natural Resources, and Anthropology.
M. S. 1986. University of South Carolina. Animal Behavior and Ecology.
M.Sc. 1984. Bombay University. Animal Physiology.
B.Sc. 1982. Bombay University. Biology.
Courses taught at GVSU
BIO 105 Environmental Science
NRM 150 Intro to NRM
NRM 320 Intro to Resource Systems
NRM 350 Air Photo and Remote Sensing
NRM 395 GIS Applications in NRM
Recent Awards and Honors
2007 Barbara Jordan Award for Contributions to Women's Scholarship and Leadership.
2006-present. Research Associate, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, The University of Kansas.
2005 Honorary Fellow, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India.
2004 Glenn A. Niemeyer Outstanding Faculty Award.
2003 Visiting Scholar Appointment, Marsh Institute and Clark University, Worcester, MA.
My research interests are broadly in the areas of conservation biology and biodiversity informatics and include the following lines of inquiry:
I have conducted collaborative research projects in India, Brazil, and south-west Michigan. My collaborators include faculty and students at University of Kansas, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Clark University, various institutions in India and Brazil, the Annis Water Resources Institute, and the Biology and NRM program at GVSU.
Ongoing research projects
Conservation and reintroduction of rare, endemic, and endangered rhododendron species in the Indian Eastern Himalayas (With M. L. Khan and Town Peterson)
Assessment of biodiversity consequences of sea level rise mediated by climate change (With Town Peterson, Xiagong Li, and Jorge Soberon).
Integrating neutral biodiversity theory with niche theory: The key role of spatial scale (With Jorge Soberon and Town Peterson).
Jill Witt - Conservation of the vulnerable beautiful nuthatch, Sitta formosa: Species distribution and habitat requirements.
William Flanagan - Ecological niche modeling applications to study salamander distributions and evaluate a Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), the western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) in Michigan.
Menon, S., B. I. Choudhury†, M. L. Khan, and A. T. Peterson. 2010. Ecological niche modeling predicts new populations of Gymnocladus assamicus, a critically endangered tree species. Endangered Species Research. In Press.
Peterson, A. T., S. Menon, and X. Li. 2010. Recent advances in the climate change biology literature: Learning from Rip Van Winkle. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. In Press.
Menon, S., J. Soberón, X. Li, and A. T. Peterson. 2010. First-pass global assessment of biodiversity consequences of sea level rise mediated by climate change. Biodiversity and Conservation. In Press.
Menon, S., Z. Islam, and A. T. Peterson. 2009. Projected climate change effects on nuthatch distribution and diversity across Asia. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 57(2):569-575. Download pdf.
Pontius, R. G.,
Menon, S., Z. Islam, J. Soberón, and A. T. Peterson. 2008. A preliminary analysis of the ecology and geography of the Asian nuthatches (Aves: Sittidae). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120(4):692-699. Download pdf.
Menon, S., R. G. Pontius, J. Rose*, M. L. Khan, and K. S. Bawa. 2001. Identifying conservation priority areas in the tropics: A land-use change modeling approach. Conservation Biology 15(2): 501-512. Link to full text.
Menon, S. and K. S. Bawa. 1998. Tropical deforestation: Reconciling disparities in estimates for
Menon, S. and K. S. Bawa. 1997. Applications of Geographic Information Systems (
Ramesh, B. R., S. Menon, and K. S. Bawa. 1997. A vegetation based approach to biodiversity gap analysis in the Agastyamalai region,
Bawa, K. S., S. Menon, and L. R. Gorman*. 1997. Cloning and Conservation Biology: Paradox, Panacea, or Pandora’s Box? Conservation Biology 11(4):1-2. Link to full text.
Khan, M. L., S. Menon, and K. S. Bawa. 1997. Effectiveness of the protected area network in biodiversity conservation: A case-study of Meghalaya state,
Bawa, K. S. and S. Menon. 1997. Biodiversity monitoring: The missing ingredients. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 12(1): 42. Link to full text.
Menon, S. and F. E. Poirier. 1996. Lion-tailed macaques (Macaca silenus) in a disturbed forest fragment: Activity patterns and time budget. Int. Journal of Primatology 17(6): 969-985. Link to full text.
DeCoursey, P. and S. Menon. 1991. Circadian photo-entrainment in a nocturnal rodent: quantitative measurement of light-sampling activity. Animal Behavior 41:781-785.
Menon, S., P. DeCoursey, and D. Bruce. 1988. Frequency modulation of a circadian pacemaker during photoentrainment. Physiological Zoology 61(2): 186-196.
†Graduate student, *Undergraduate student
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