Talks and workshops at Biodiversity Asia 2012

2nd Asia Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology

Plenary Speakers

  • Asia at the crossroads: Nature, nation, and science in times of change
    Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi
  • Science is from Venus, policy is from Mars
    Panel discussion on conservation issue in Asia
  • Biodiversity in a hotter time
    Dr. David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College, USA
  • Assessing population connectivity for mammalian carnivores using landscape genetics
    Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore
  • TN Khoshoo Memorial Lecture- Western Ghats: Nature, people and development
    Prof. Madhav Gadgil, Padma Bhushan, Former Member, National Advisory Council, Former Chair, Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc and Honorary Senior Fellow, ATREE.
  • How does a biocultural perspective influence planning and implementation in conservation?
    Dr. Eleanor Sterling, Center for Biodiversity & Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, USA
  • Potential ecological and social tipping elements in the Greater Himalaya region
    Dr. Jianchu Xu, Senior Scientist, World Agroforestry Centre and Professor, Kunming Institute of Botany, China
  • Science, policy, politics and human rights: the myriad dimensions of conservation in the real world
    Dr. Aparajita Datta, Senior Scientist, Nature Conservation Foundation
  • Conserving the poorly known but heavily exploited animal of Asia
    Dr. Mirza D. Kusrini, Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
  • Is science on the conservation agenda? Examples from Northeast India (Dr. Prahlad Yonzon memorial lecture)
    Dr. Kashmira Kakati, Wildlife Biologist


  • Introduction to open-source GIS & remote sensing for conservation
    - Melissa Songer, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
  • Consolidating the criteria for identifying areas contributing significantly to the global persistence of biodiversity
    - Diego Juffe, IUCN Species Programme, Cambridge.
  • Understanding the impact of the illegal animal trade in Asia on wildlife conservation
    - Dr. Simon C. Nemtzov, President, SCB Asia, Israel Nature and Parks Authority
  • Road ecology in Asia: State of the science and future directions to achieve a sustainable transportation system
    - Dr Rodney van der Ree, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology
  • Species distribution modelling and GIS Workshop
    - Alice Hughes, Songkla University, Thailand
  • Rethinking conservation education - Beyond tree planting and painting competitions
    - The Conservation Education Network, India
  • Science as story: Communicating scientific material to a general audience
    - David Quammen, Critically acclaimed writer
  • The Zonation v3.1 conservation prioritization framework and software
    - Dr Enrico Di Minin, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Metapopulation Biology,Department of Biosciences,University of Helsinki
  • Conservation Genetics
    - Uma Ramakrishnan & Arjun Sivasundar
  • Bayesian models in conservation science
    - Jagdish Krishnaswamy and Nachiket Kelkar


  • Road ecology in Asia: State of the science and future directions to achieve a sustainable transportation system
    - Dr Rodney van der Ree, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology
  • Ecological networks from species to landscapes - Ferenc Jordán, The Microsoft Research
    - University of Trento COSBI, Italy
  • Developing Adaptive Management for Mitigating Human-Elephant Conflict Across Asia
    - Dr. Peter Leimgruber, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
  • Conservation in a cultivated landscape
    - Dr. Janice Ser Huay Lee and Dr. Lian Pin Koh, ETH, Zurich
  • Human-crocodile conflict
    - Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, India
  • Plant invasives
    - Dr. R. Uma Shaanker, Dr. Charlie Shackleton and Ramesh Kannan, ATREE, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Conservation and livelihoods: Multidisciplinary approaches to understanding conflict and coexistence
    - Dr. Asmita Kabra & Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin, Ambedkar University, India
  • Biodiversity informatics in Asia: Connecting people to conservation information
    - Cynthia Parr, Encyclopedia of Life, USA
  • Impacts of hydro-power development in Asia
    - Jianchu Xu and R. Edward Grumbine, Kunming Institute of Botany, China