Kamal Bawa is a Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He has held Bullard, Cabot, and Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships at Harvard University at various times. He has also been named a Guggenheim Fellow as well as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment. Kamal Bawa, has published more than 180 papers, and edited 10 books, monographs or special issues of journals. He is the editor-in-chief of Conservation and Society, an interdisciplinary journal in conservation, and also serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. He has served on many national and international advisory panels. He has been the President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and a member of the governing board of several foundations and non-government organizations. Kamal Bawa is the Founder-President of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), a non-governmental organization devoted to research, policy analysis, and education in India. Kamal Bawa is a recipient of the highest awards from the two main professional societies in his field. In 2003, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation bestowed on him its highest honor by electing him as an Honorary Fellow. The Society for Conservation Biology awarded him its Distinguished Service Award in 2009.