Dr. Milind Bunyan
- PhD (Forest Resources and Conservation), University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
- M.Sc. Forestry (Economics & Management), Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India
- B.Sc. (Environmental Science, Chemistry, Botany), St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Sciences, Bangalore, India
Milind Bunyan is a forest ecologist with research interests in invasive alien species, landscape ecology and restoration ecology. Milind uses RS-GIS to characterise ecosystems and communities and develop tools for restoring landscapes. His previous work ranges from building species distribution models for cryptic birds in the Mojave Desert to assessing vegetation productivity trends across the semi-arid regions of Africa and India.
His current work explores top-down (e.g. RS data) and bottom-up (e.g. citizen science) approaches to prioritise sites for restoration or conservation action. This work spans diverse sites, including tropical montane grasslands in the Western Ghats and semi-arid savannas in peninsular India. Through his research, Milind promotes using open-source and open-access platforms and data, citizen science and applied research that addresses societal challenges.
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