Dr. Narendran Kodandapani Associate Professor, Environment Area, CEEUGID, ASCI, completed his PhD in Geography from Michigan State University in 2006. He was supervised by Prof. Mark Cochrane, an expert on forest fires in the Amazon. His PhD dissertation, titled “Fire regimes and ecological effects in seasonally dry tropical ecosystems in the Western Ghats, India”, examined the spatial, temporal, and ecological components of forest fires in the Mudumalai tiger reserve, Bandipur tiger reserve, and Wyanad wildlife sanctuary. An environmental scientist by training, he obtained a Masters degree in environmental science in 1995 from the Bharathidasan University. He was supervised by Prof. David W. Martin, an expert in environmental economics, for his Master’s thesis, titled “Environmental impacts of the proposed thermal power plant in Jayankondam, Tamil Nadu, India”.
He has over a decade of experience in academia and applied conservation. He has worked in environmental conservation roles in India, Brazil, and the United States of America. He has recently completed two conservation projects for the Tamil Nadu forest department. He has written numerous research articles in international and national peer-reviewed journals. His areas of interest are, tropical forest conservation, application of remote sensing and GIS for environmental problems; conservation through sustainable forest policies; spatial data analysis, and tropical fire ecology.