November 5: Nov 05: Saving Biodiversity in India

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations Tuesday, November 05 at 6:30 PM, Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont MA

Kamaljit Bawa, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts-Boston Founder and President of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE). website. One of the most prominent conservationists and natural scientists in the world. Professor Bawa is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Elected Member of AAAS and American Philosophical Society. He has received many prestigious awards, most recently the Linnean Medal.

Dr. Bawa discusses the urgent effort to document India’s amazing biodiversity, and the unique character of ATREE, the unique conservation organization he founded. He also describes some of the scientific discoveries which have established him as an international leader in biology. His studies of of unusual breeding systems, novel pollination mechanisms, and long-distance gene flow in tropical forest trees changed the prevailing notions about population biology and evolution of these trees. Dr. Bawa eventually extended his work from population biology to sustainable use of forest resources, conservation of large tropical landscapes, and climate change. And now he is developing a program for documenting and preserving the biodiversity of India.