Best Student Poster or Lightning Talk Award Profile – Medha Sundar P D 

Medha Sundar. P. D. is currently completing her Ph.D. at the Indian Institute of Forest Management.

(Nodal Center of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun). Her research explores human-wildlife conflict through the lenses of sustainable development goals and the integral development principle — “leave no one behind.” She has seen firsthand the challenges in biodiversity conservation, as she hails from one of the old and rich biodiversity hotspots, the Western Ghats, Kerala, India. She grew up seeing the coexistence and competition between man and nature, and Medha’s aim has been to work for a sustainable balance between both.

Medha won the Best Student Poster or Lightning Talk award for her work titled “Human-wildlife conflict and poverty among forest proximate people: A household study through the lenses of Sustainable Development Goals.”

Learn more about Medha and her work here.