Gadgil focused on regional conservation networks in India to facilitate and empower community-based environmental management and conservation. He successfully organized a system of 27 science colleges, university departments and NGOs spread over 150,000 sq kms of the Western Ghats. Teachers and students involved in the network collaborate with local communities and environmental stakeholders to document environmental changes taking place in their region, the forces driving these changes, their implications for levels of biodiversity and possible options for biodiversity-friendly development strategies.
The network has completed habitat mapping of designated study sites and sampling for tree and bird species in representative examples of each habitat. Work has also been initiated on other plant and animal groups including butterflies, freshwater mollusks, fishes, mosses and liverworts. The groups are now actively documenting the knowledge and conservation practices of local communities. Results are compiled into community registers of local biodiversity, its uses and conservation practices, and made available in local languages.
Madhav Gadgil has been active in ecodevelopment-oriented participatory research with numerous organizations and he writes and broadcasts extensively in Indian languages on environmental issues. His research interests include population biology, conservation biology, human ecology and ecological history.
Since 1973, Gadgil has worked at the Indian Institute of Science where he is currently a professor of Ecological Sciences. Prior to this position he was at Harvard University where he held posts as research fellow in Applied Mathematics and as a lecturer in Biology.
Ph.D., Harvard University
1969: Biology, Massachusetts, USA
Master of Science, Harvard University
1965: Zoology, Massachusetts, USA
Bachelor of Science, Poona University
1963: Zoology, India
KEY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
Indian Prime Minister's Science
1986-1990: Advisory Council
Convention on Biological Diversity, Vice President of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific
1995: Technical and Technological Advice to the Convention
KEY AWARDS & HONORS
1993: Pew Fellows Program in Conservation and the Environment
1991: U.S. National Academy of Sciences
1991: Third World Academy of Sciences
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award
1983: Indian National Science Academy
British Ecological Society