Anant Deshwal

Anant Deshwal

Assistant Professor,

    Olin Hall 109
    (309) 677-3017



I received my Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Arkansas and completed my post-doc from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I am the Secretariat Member and Director of Community Program – Ethno-ornithology World Atlas, The University of Oxford, UK.

I am a Conservation Biologist, Community Ecologist, and an Ethno-ornithologist. The primary focus of my research is wildlife and habitat conservation. Having an interdisciplinary background allows me to develop an interdisciplinary research approach by combining Quantitative Field ecology with Traditional Ecological Knowledge. For further information please visit my lab website and my personal website.

My research lab focuses on:

  1. Effect of anthropogenic disturbances such as Climate Change, Agriculture, and Urbanization on:
    • The inter-species relationship
    • Habitat-organism relationship
    • Ecological niche and range expansion
  2. Quantify perseverance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Natural History Knowledge.

Thus construct a conservation model that builds upon the Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the local community while reinforcing the relationship they have with the land coupled with the findings from my first research question.


  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Advanced Ecology
  • Climate Change
  • Natural History


Selected Research Papers and Book Chapters:

Panwar, P., A. Deshwal, J.D. Willson. In Review. Influence of Landscape-scale Factors on Bird Assemblages in Fragmented Tallgrass Prairie Landscape.

Deshwal A., B. Thomsen, P. Panwar, K. Copeland, and A. Gosler, B. Thomsen. In Review. Nature of Bird Knowledge among students in the United States of America. Ornithological Applications. Second Round of Reviews.

Thomsen, B., T. Cousins, J. Thomsen, K. Copeland, M. Harte, S. Coose, S. R. Fennell, S. Copeland, D. Nickerson, A. Deshwal, A. Mensah, J. Guzman, M. Mooney, M. Taylor, A. Schneider, M. Duggan, A.H. Saez, A. Gosler. In Review. Co-producing Knowledge: A Vertically Integrated Project Model for Student Training and Care. Submitted to Cultural Anthropology. Manuscript under first-round review.

Thomsen, B., T. Cousins, J. Thomsen, K. Copeland, O. Muurlink, M. Harte , S. Zhang, A. Deshwal, S. Coose, J. Maxwell, D. Knight, S. Copeland, J. Guzman, S. Fennell, D. Nickerson, A. Mensah, M. Mooney, E. Maskill, M. Taylor, A. Schneider, A. Gosler. In Review. Research Pack or Lone Wolf?: On Co-producing Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Knowledge for Student Training & Care. Submitted to Gender and Society. Manuscript under first round of reviews.

Phan, P., Deshwal, A., T. MacMahon, M. Slikas, E. Anderws, & Thallapuranam, S. K. (2021). A Meta-Analysis of the Protein Components in Rattlesnake Venom.

Thomsen, B., M. Harte, O. Muurlink, K. Copeland, D. Villar, B. H. Mirin, K. L. Murtough, S. R. Fennell, A. Kulkarni, N. Kumar, R. Dyer, A. Deshwal, P. Campbell, J. Fanshawe, A. Pekrul, J. Maxwell, Z. Zhang, J. Thomsen, S. Coose, D. Nickerson, and A. Gosler. In Review. Decolonizing Bird Knowledge: More-than-Western Bird-Human Relations. Submitted to Ornithological Applications. Revise and resubmit. Manuscript under second-round review.

Thomsen, B., K. Copeland, S. R. Fennell, J. Thomsen, M. Harte, A. Deshwal, J. Maxwell, M. Taylor, M. Duggan, A. Schneider, D. Nickerson, S. Copeland, B. Breidenbach, T. Heid, and O. Muurlink. In Press. The Promise of Posthumanism in Wildlife Ecotourism: A case study of veterinarians’ role at wildlife rehabilitation centers in Costa Rica. Journal of Ecotourism.

Deshwal A., Panwar P., Young, M. A., and Neal, J. C. (2021). Using long-term citizen science data to understand distribution and habitat use of an irruptive species. Ecological Informatics, 64, 101377

Deshwal, A., Phan, P., Datta, J., Kannan, R., & Thallapuranam, S. K. (2021). A Meta-Analysis of the Protein Components in Rattlesnake Venom. Toxins, 13(6), 372.

Deshwal, A. and P. Panwar. In Press. Book Chapter: Nature Tourism. Encyclopedia of Tourism 2nd Edition. Springer Press.

Deshwal, A., P.D. Barman, A. Kumar 2022. Book Chapter: Religion and Ecology walk hand in hand to conserve Greater Adjutants in India. Case Studies in the Conservation of Nature through Faith. Routledge Press. ISBN 9781032158990.

Deshwal, A., N. Shah. 2022. Book Chapter: Jainism and Conservation. Case Studies in the Conservation of Nature through Faith. Routledge Press. ISBN 9781032158990.