Kedaravindan Bhaskar (Kedar) has been a naturalist since childhood and started interacting with nature through bird watching. His love for nature partly turned into concern for the environment as he witnessed lakes and forests disappear. This passion and concern motivated him to Pursue a Bachelors in Geography and Zoology from the University of Tasmania, Australia and subsequently a Master’s in Environmental management from the same alma mater. During his education Kedar interned with Chennai Smart City Limited as an Environmental Impact Officer and simultaneously pursued an independent research project to protect houses from wildfire using a GIS framework in Tasmania, Australia. Kedars education and experiences allowed him to gain a multidisciplinary understanding of nature and society at the intersection between environmental research, policy and practice. At ATREE Kedar is responsible for developing and implementing remote sensing and GIS methodologies to understand landscape change and ecological values in Siang, Chhattisgarh and other sites across India. Using the skills and knowledge he has gained Kedars broader objective is to reconcile conservation and just development through mutual dialogue and research. Throughout his education and career Kedar continued to stay immersed in nature in a personal capacity through birdwatching, volunteering and nature journaling.