I am interested in biodiversity and global change.  The overarching theme of my work is to improve understanding of the impacts of land use and land cover change, climate change and human use of natural resources on biodiversity. I am particularly interested in developing new approaches to conservation that take explicit account of the need to build institutions and alleviation of poverty.  My research on climate change in the Eastern Himalayas is focused on climate modeling at regional scale;  documenting the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and agriculture; and developing of adaptive strategies that assign a central roles to local knowledge. Research on sustainable use of ecosystem services, including provisioning services such as non-timber forest products, constitutes an important element of our overall global change research program.

I am convinced that science must improve its responsiveness to societal needs. Hence I have led a recent broad-scale initiative to forge consensus on research priorities in tropical biology. I have also served as a member of DIVERSITAS team that has developed a science plan to document and promote agrobiodiversity. At the regional level, I have led efforts to define research priorities in the Western Ghats, a global biodiversity hotspot.

I am also interested in the complex process of building institutions to foster biodiversity conservation and sustainability science. In pursuit of this goal, I founded the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in 1996 and cofounded the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Environment and Development (CISED). CISED later merged with ATREE, thus bringing cutting-edge programs in social and natural sciences under a single roof.

Finally, I continue to pursue my basic interests in plant population biology. I am currently writing a book, synthesizing my work on the impact of land use and climate change on genetics and reproductive traits of plants.

Kamaljit S. Bawa


Distinguished Professor of Biology

University of Massachusetts-Boston

100 Morrissey Blvd.

Boston, MA 02125

Phone: (617) 287-6657

Fax: (617) 287-6650

E-mail: kamal.bawa@umb.edu

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Kamal Bawa gets first Gunnerus award for sustainabilityhttp://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article2903667.ecehttp://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article2903667.eceshapeimage_3_link_0

His Holiness Dalai Lama withlivepage.apple.com

the Himalaya Book at ATREE's

Annual Khoshoo Function (2013)

Kamal Bawa gets 2014 MIDORI INTERNATIONAL PRIZE IN BIODIVERSITYhttp://www.midoripress-aeon.net/prize/prize_winner/2014/bawa.html