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):
…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!)
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