(born 1942) is an Indian ecologist.
He was born in Maharashtra studied biology at University of Poona
and University of Bombay
before doing a Ph.D. thesis in the area of mathematical ecology
at Harvard University
. He has been an IBM Fellow of the Computing Centre, Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics and a Lecturer in Biology at Harvard University.
From 1973 to 2004 he was on the faculty of Indian Institute of Science
, Bangalore where he founded the Centre for Ecological Sciences . He has also served as a Visiting Professor at Stanford
and as a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the University of California
Prof. Madhav Gadgil's research interests include population biology
, conservation biology
, human ecology
and ecological history
and he has published over 215 research papers and 6 books, "This Fissured Land" and "Ecology and Equity", "Diversity : The cornerstone of life" , "Nurturing Biodiversity: An Indian Agenda" “ Ecological Journeys”,and “People’s Biodiversity Registers: A Methodology Manual”.
Two of his research papers have been recognized as citation classics. He writes regularly for popular media in English and Indian languages.
He developed strong traditions of working with researchers, teachers, and policy makers as well as NGO workers, farmers and other citizens throughout the country. This has led to innovative experiments of involving High School and College teachers and... Read More