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Queen's University

Deviah Aiama '07


B.Sc. (Honours) SSP Environmental Biology, MES 2007

Thesis Title:
Plant diversity patterns in agricultural mosaics of southern India:
implications for sustainable land-use.

Research Description:
Plant diversity was sampled in several remote hills of the Eastern Ghat range in southern India. These areas are characterized by mosaics of cultivated fields, sacred forest groves and protected forests.
Traditional farming systems have resulted in a diversity of land-uses such as mixed cropped fields, agro-forests and slash-&-burn slopes. Many of these land-uses persist today but a gradual shift in intensification has begun as these regions become less isolated. Little attention has been given to the influence of spatial heterogeneity and management systems upon biodiversity in tropical agricultural mosaic landscapes.

The main objectives of this study are:
1) To assess the contribution of mosaic landscapes to regional plant diversity
2) To determine whether management intensity influences plant diversity
3) To suggest strategies for sustainable land use with regards to rural livelihoods and biodiversity conservationThis is the generic publication content.

Supervisors and co-supervisors:
Raleigh Robertson, Gary vanLoon, Allison Goebel.

Career Path:

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Dev was employed by Natural Resources Canada as a Policy Analyst in the Fuels Policy & Programs of the Office of Energy Efficiency in Ottawa. He was hired through NRCan's Policy Analyst Recruitment Program.

2010- Dev is leaving NRCan for a position in the Canadian Embassy in Switzerland.

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