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Curriculum vitae Faraz Akrim

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Name Faraz Akrim

PhD Scholar, Department of Wildlife Management, PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Qualifications B. Sc. (2008) & M. Sc. (2010) University Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan

M. Phil. (2013) PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

PhD (2013- 2017 Thesis under foreign evaluation) PMAS AAUR Contact Information Phone: +923**-*******; Email: ac36g1@r.postjobfree.com Brief Employment/ Research history

Dec. 2017 - TD Lecturer (Visiting), Department of Zoology, University of Kotli, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan

Nov. 2016 - April 2017 Visiting Research Scholar, Wildlife Biology Programme, University of Montana, USA

Feb. 2012 - Jun. 2014 Research Associate, Dept. of Wildlife Management, PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Duration 2 years and 4 months) 2008-2008: Science Teacher, Al-Noor Public School Kotli (A.K) (Duration 7 months)

SUMMARY OF CURRENT/RECENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES AND MANAGEMENT DUTIES

• PhD Candidate (Thesis submitted), Department of Wildlife Management PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

• Member IUCN Pangolin Specialist (2012 onwards)

• Member WWF Pakistan (2014 onwards)

• Author/Co-Author of 23 journal papers, impact factor =17.831

• Actively involved in Carnivores research since 2011

• Involved in Pangolin research since 2012.

• Working for conservation of Mammals and Birds in Pakistan RESEARCH

My current research activities encompass two interconnected areas of investigation: 2

• Studies on Ecology of mammals and birds

• Spreading awareness and educating local communities for conservation of Wildlife In both areas of expertise, I have built up and maintained considerable research momentum. I have achieved an acknowledged international reputation, particularly for my research and expertise on mammals and birds demonstrated by my success in attracting substantial research funding.

Research Grants and Awards

Over the past one and half years, I have been successful in securing ~33,000 USD of competitive research funding, principally from the Rufford Foundation, OBC, IDEA WILD, The Muhammad Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and Higher Education Commission Pakistan. I have a high success rate with funding applications and I have also demonstrated research leadership through instigating and directing these research projects. I am engaged in active research networks with many national and international institutions. Funding

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Dates Leadership, Contribution, Project Title

HEC Pakistan 2016-2017 International Research Support Initiative Program Higher Education Commission Pakistan ($14000)

MBZSCF 2015-16 PI: Conservation of Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) through research, awareness education and capacity building in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan ($5000 MBZSCF +

$660 IDEA WILD)

OBC 2015-16 PI: Ecology and Conservation of Egyptian Vulture in and around Pir Lasura National Park, Kotli Azad Kashmir, Pakistan (£1500)

IDEA WILD 2014-16 PI: Resource Partitioning among Sympatric Carnivore Species at Pir Lasura National Park, Azad Jammu &

Kashmir, Pakistan ($1189.5)

HEC Pakistan 2014-2017 Fee reimbursement programme by HEC Pakistan ($ 2000) The Rufford

Foundation

2014-15 PI: Ecology and Conservation of Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in and around Pir Lasura National Park, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan (£4985)

IDEA WILD 2012-13 PI: Breeding Ecology of Small Indian Mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) in District Chakwal, Pakistan ($214.69) 3

Research Highlights

My research has led to several unique lines of scientific enquiry, notably:

• Resource Partitioning among Sympatric Carnivore Species: My PhD research focuses on diversity, distribution, diet composition, prey species abundance, niche breadth, niche overlap of carnivore species and their conflict with humans at Pir Lasura National Park AJ&K, Pakistan.

• Ecology of Indian Panoglin in Potohar Region: We worked on distribution, population, diet composition, habitat characteristics, breeding biology, morphometry and threats faced by Pangolin in Potohar Region. We first time reported massive illegal killing of Endangered Indian Pangolin for its scales in Pakistan.

• Habitat Preference, Roosting Ecology and Threats to Red Jungle Fowl: My M. Sc. Research was on Red Jungle Fowl only found in one National Park of Pakistan called Deva Vatala National Park.

• Breeding Biology of Small Indian Mongoose: My M. Phil. Thesis was on the study of breeding biology of small Indian Mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) inhabiting district Chakwal.

• Ecology and Conservation of Indian Pangolin in AJ&K, Pakistan: Research on Ecology and Conservation of Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in protected and unprotected areas of AJ&K since 2014. My research projects focus on collection of data on baseline ecological parameters like distribution, population and threats followed by spreading awareness education among adjoining local communities for conservation of Indian Pangolin since it is being killed for its scales by local hunters.

• Ecology and Conservation of Egyptian Vulture: Describing the ecology of Egyptian Vulture in and around Pir Lasura National Park, AJ&K, Pakistan. Working on its population, breeding biology, threats and conservation.

Achievements Awards

1. Received Vice Chancellor Talent Scholarship during my M. Phil 2. Received Laptop from Chief Minister of Punjab during M. Phil. 3. Received Certificate of Appreciation from Prime Minister of Pakistan during my PhD along with full PhD Tuition Fee.

Workshops and Seminars

1. 3 Days International Zoological Congress in University of Faisalabad Pakistan (2010). 2. 3 Days International Zoological Congress at GCU Lahore 3-6 March, 2012. 4

3. 3 days International Zoological Congress at PMNH and PMAS AAUR 2013. 4. Workshop on Real time PCR at PMAS AAUR 2012.

5. Workshop on Remote Sensing and GIS at PMAS AAUR in 2013. 6. Threats to Indian Pangolin Seminar at MHNP.

7. Stop brutal killing of Innocent creature “Pangolin” A seminar for conservation of Pangolin in Pir Lasura National Park (PLNP).

8. Why we should conserve Pangolin in our surroundings? Seminar for conservation of Pangolin in PLNP.

9. Conservation of Indian Pangolin in PLNP.

PUBLICATIONS

Published (n=23) Under review (n=7) (order recent first; impact factor =17.831) 1. F. Akrim, T. Mahmood, M. S. Nadeem, S. Andleeb, and H. Fatima 2018. Dietary breadth and niche overlap among two sympatric carnivore species at Pir Lasura National Park, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. Animal biology (under review) 2. T. Mahmood, - F. Akrim, M. S. Nadeem 2018. Wild prey depleting: common leopard

(Panthera pardus) sustaining on livestock in Sudhanoti District of AJ&K, Pakistan. Animal biology (under review).

3. F. Akrim, T. Mahmood, M. S. Nadeem*, T. Dhendup and S. Andleeb 2018. Niche overlap among two sympatric carnivores; Asiatic jackal and Kashmir hill fox, inhabiting Pir Lasura National Park, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. EJWR

(under review).

4. F. Akrim, T. Mahmood, M. S. Nadeem*, S. Andleeb, Imad-ud-din Zangi 2018. Spatio-temporal Patterns of Livestock Depredation by Carnivores in and Around Pir Lasura National Park, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. PJZ (under review) 5. F. Akrim, T. Mahmood, M. S. Nadeem and S. Andleeb 2018. Spatial distribution and dietary niche breadth of common leopard (Panthera pardus) in north-eastern Himalyan region of Pakistan. Oryx (under review).

6. T. Mahmood, A. Younas, F. Akrim, S. Andleeb, M. S. Nademm 2017. Contraction of Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) Range in Asia. Mammalia (under review) 7. F. Akrim, T. Mahmood, S. Andleeb, R. Hussain, W. J. Collinson, 2017. Spatio- Temporal Patterns of Wildlife Road mortality in Pothwar Plateau, Pakistan. Mammalia (Under review).

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8. S. Q. Butt, M. Rais and F. Akrim. 2018. A study on diet and relationship of Indus Valley Spiny-tailed Lizard (Saara hardwickii) with vegetation. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences. Accepted paper (IF= 0.422).

9. T. Mahmood, S. W. A. Shah, M. Rais, H. Fatima, F. Akrim and M. S. Nadeem 2018. Nesting Use of Tree Species by Avifauna Inhabiting Pabbi Range Forest, Kharian, Punjab, Pakistan. Pakistan J. Zool., vol. 50(1), pp 329-338. (IF=0.419) 10. T. Mahmood, F. Fazal, F. Akrim, H. Fatima and M. S. Nadeem 2018. Comparative Morphology and Anatomy of Two Sympatric Mongoose Species (Herpestes javanicus and H. edwardsii) from Potohar Plateau. Pakistan J. Zool., vol. 50(1), pp 1- 3. (IF=0.419)

11. S. Andleeb, T. Mahmood, A. Khalid, F. Akrim and H. Fatima 2018. Hexavalent chromium induces testicular dysfunction in small Indian mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) inhabiting tanneries area of Kasur District, Pakistan. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 148: 1001-1009. (IF= 3.743)

12. R. Hussain, T. Mahmood, F. Akrim and H. Fatima 2017. Reciprocal distribution of two mongoose speceis inhabiting potohar region, Pakistan. Turkish Journal of Zoology. (IF 0.88)

13. Mahmood T., F. Akrim, N. Irshad, R. Hussain, H. Fatima, S. Andleeb and A. Aihetasham 2017. Spatial Distribution and illegal killing of Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in Potohar Plateau, Pakistan. Oryx. (IF 2.191) 14. Akrim F., T. Mahmood, R. Hussain, S. Qasim and Imad-ul-din- Zangi 2017. Distribution pattern, population estimation and threats to Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in and around Pir Lasura National Park, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. Threatened Taxa.

15. Akrim F., H. Fatima, S. Nazir, T. Mahmood, R. Hussain and M. S. Nadeem 2017. Seasonal hormones, female reproductive tract changes and some field observations on breeding activities of small Indian Mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) from its native range of Potohar Plateau, Pakistan. Turkish Journal of Zoology. (IF 0.88) 16. Akrim F., T. Mahmood, M. S. Awan, S. Q. Butt, Durr-e-Shawar, M. A. Asadi and Imad-ul-din-Zangi 2016. Habitat preference and roosting behaviour of the Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus (Aves: Galliformes: Phasianidae) in Deva Vatala National Park, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan. Threatened Taxa. 6

17. Mahmood T., I. Q. Qadosi, H. Fatima and F. Akrim 2016. Metal concentrations in common skittering frog (Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis) inhabiting Korang River, Islamabad, Pakistan. Basic and Applied Herpetology. 18. Durr-e-Shahwar, I. Hussain, A. Kawan and F. Akrim 2016. Influence of bait station design on bait uptake by rodents in poultry farms of Rawalpindi-Islamabad area, Pakistan. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. (IF = 2.429). 19. Amjad S., F. Akrim and Durr-e-shewar 2015. Floristic composition, biological spectrum and conservation status of existing vegetation in Nakyal valley. Asian pacific journal of tropical diseases.

20. Mahmood T., S. Andleeb, M. Anwar, M. Rais, M. S. Nadeem, F. Akrim and R. Hussain 2015. Distribution, abundance and vegetation analysis of the scaly ant eater

(Manis crassicaudata) in Margallah Hills National Park Islamabad, Pakistan. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences. (Manuscript ID: ZLG-14-0020) (in press) (IF= 0.53). 21. Durr-e-Shahwar, I. Hussain, M. Anwar, M. A. Beg, A. Kawan and F. Akrim 2015. Development of cereal baits and comparative field efficacy of some additives as bait carrier for zinc phosphide and coumatetralyl against rodent pests of poultry farms in Rawalpindi-Islamabad, Pakistan. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 104; pp 460-471 (IF = 2.429).

22. Kawan A., Z. Anjum, Durr- e-shahwar,, M. A. Awan and F. Akrim 2015. Effect of Aquaculture Feeding Practices on Commercial Fish Farming in Rawalpindi District, Pakistan. Annual Research and Review in Biology 8(2); pp. 1-10. 23. Mahmood T., S. A. Nazir, H. Fatima, F. Akrim, R. Hussain and M. S. Nadeem 2015. Temporal Variation in Reproductive Physiology of Small Indian Mongoose Male, Herpestes javanicus inhabiting Potohar Plateau, Pakistan. Pak. J. Zool.vol. 47 (5), pp. 1263-1270 (IF= 0.478).

24. Mahmood T., N. Irshad, R. Hussain, F. Akrim, I. Hussain, M. Anwar and M. S. Nadeem 2014. Breeding biology of Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in Potohar Plateau, Pakistan. Mammalia (IF = 0.8).

25. Akrim F*., S. Qasim, J. Khalid, Durr-e-Shahwar, S. Andleeb and M. Z. Anjum 2014. Threats to Red Jungle Fowl in Deva Vatala National Park Bhimber Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. Annual Research and Review in Biology. 26. Qasim S., F. Akrim*, J. Khalid, A. Arshad, Durr-e-Shahwar, S. Andleeb and M. Z. Anjum 2014. Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides in Unmarried Males and Females of 7

Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. Annual Research & Review in Biology 4(24): 4084-4090.

27. Amjad M. S., M. Arshad, A. Rashid, S. K. Chaudhari, N. Z. Malik, S. Fatima and F. Akrim 2014. Examining vegetation environment relationship in lesser Himalayan forest of Nikyal valley Kotli Azad Kashmir. Asian Pac. J. Trop. Biomed.,4: 863-869.

(IF=1.203)

28. Amjad M. S., N. Z. Malik, F. Akrim and N. Mumtaz 2014. Seasonal and Altitudinal Variation of Herbaceous Biomass of Nikyal Range Land, District Kotli Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Annual Research & Review in Biology 4(6): 936-944. 29. Amjad M. S., M. Arshad, S. K.Chaudhari, K. Manzoor, S. Fatima, G. Mustafa, N. Z. Malik, F. Akrim 2013. Altitudinal variation in plant species diversity and its components at Kotli hills, Azad Kashmir. Archieves Des Sciences; 66 (5), pp. 614- 621. (IF=0.53)

30. Mahmood T., R. Hussain, N. Irshad, F. Akrim and M. S. Nadeem 2012. Illegal Mass Killing of Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in Potohar Region, Pakistan. Pakistan J. Zool., 44(5), pp. 1457-1461. (IF=0.478) Technical reports

1. Ecology and Conservation of Egyptian Vulture in and around Pir Lasura National Park, Kotli Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. Submitted to OBC.

2. Report entitled as “Resource partitionning among sympatric carnivore species at Pir Lasuara National Park, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan” submitted to IDEA WILD in 2017. 3. Report entitled as “Conservation of Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) through research, awareness education and capacity building in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan” submitted to the MBZ species conservation fund in 2016.

4. Report on Breeding Ecology of Small Indian Mongoose, 2013; Project funded by Idea Wild. 5. Report entitled “Ecology and Conservation of Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) submitted to “The Rufford Foundation” in 2015.

6. Higher Education Commission Pakistan funded project final report (2014) entitled “Ecology of Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in Potohar Region, Pakistan. 7. Higher Education Commission Pakistan funded project report 2nd year (2013) report entitled

“Ecology of Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in Potohar Region, Pakistan. Published Abstracts

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1. Reproductive physiology of female small Indian mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) inhabiting Pothwar Plateau. 34th Pakistan Congress of Zoology, February 25-27, 2014, BZU Multan. Abstract Book, FEWFM-14, page No. 206.

2. Quantifying the range reduction of the sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) in tropical Asia. 34th Pakistan Congress of Zoology, February 25-27, 2014, BZU Multan. Abstract Book, FEWFM-112, page No. 265.

3. Seasonal variation in male gonads of small Indian mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) in Pothwar Plateau. 34th Pakistan Congress of Zoology, February 25-27, 2014, BZU Multan. Abstract Book, FEWFM-117, page No. 268.

4. Breeding ecology of small Indian mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) in district Chakwal, Pakistan. 34th Pakistan Congress of Zoology, February 25-27, 2014, BZU Multan. Abstract Book, FEWFM-118, page No. 269.

5. Habitat preference and food habits of Red-headed merlin (Falco chicquera) in district Chakwal, Pakistan. 33rd Pakistan Congress of Zoology, April 2 – 4, 2013, Pakistan Museum of Natural History Islamabad. Abstract Book, FEWFM-6, page No. 275. 6. Distribution, population and habitat of scaly ant-eater (Manis crassicaudata) in Margalla Hills National Park Islamabad, Pakistan. 33rd Pakistan Congress of Zoology, April 2 – 4, 2013, Pakistan Museum of Natural History Islamabad. Abstract Book, FEWFM-196, page No. 385.

7. Morphometrical and anatomical analysis of Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) inhabiting Potohar Plateau, Pakistan. 33rd Pakistan Congress of Zoology, April 2 – 4, 2013, Pakistan Museum of Natural History Islamabad. Abstract Book, FEWFM-5, page No. 274. 8. Assessment of some ecological parameters for conservation of Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in district Chakwal of Potohar Plateau, Pakistan. The 8th European Conference on Ecological Restoration, September 9 -14, 2012, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. Abstract Book page No. 56.

REFERENCE

Dr. Tariq Mahmood

Assistant Professor,

Department of Wildlife Management, PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Email: ac36g1@r.postjobfree.com



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