About

I’m a conservation scientist, and I work on preserving biodiversity in multiple-use landscapes that are shared with humans. My recent conservation work (associated with the University of Alberta and Foundation for Ecological Research Advocacy & Learning – neither of which is involved with this personal blog though) was on conserving elephant and tiger corridors/ habitat in the Shencottah Gap, India. This economically-productive region links two important tiger reserves, and is typical of the challenges of balancing development and conservation in densely-populated and biodiversity-rich tropical landscapes.

I spent 3.5 years, summer and monsoon, managing an interdisciplinary field team (including walking hundreds of kilometers through the rainforest):

Aditya Gangadharan

…and a couple more years developing statistical models to map out the important corridors and habitat fragments for 22 species (not all of that time was spent in a bar, though)

…and here I am, ‘sciencing’ (aka, translating complex scientific results into normal human speech; most of this actually happens in much more formal settings!)

Aditya Gangadharan

Before my PhD, I worked for non-governmental organizations and a UN organization for a total of about 3 years, which has given me a mix of perspectives on policy matters. Here are some of my opinions on policy matters related to conservation: https://www.quora.com/Aditya-Gangadharan/answers

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. I love your concept of breaking down scary scientific jargon and making us understand biodiversity and conservation from a very personalized viewpoint. It makes things seem actually probable. Most of us realize the importance of conservation but can never much relate to it in spite of wanting to because of the cold clinical approach. Thank you for making it more human and excitingly doable. Great job.

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    • Thank you! Yeah the research world is unfortunate in that it takes the fun out of things (although that same quantitative approach is what makes science science). Certainly, people in conservation biology have to balance the science with the public outreach if they are to have any impact.

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  2. I’m a declared fan of your blog Aditya! I’m definitely with you on the importance of sharing experiences and adventures and even life changing events that happen during fieldwork. In my personal experience, being away for long periods of time, in the middle of nowhere, struggling with things you would never imagine in a city (like poisonous plants or having to shower with ocean water for months!), are things that definitely changed and simplified the way I see my life and the world. So in addition to sharing the biological/ecological knowledge, I completely agree with you on sharing these unique experiences and thoughts on the world we all live in…

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