Kamal Bawa, an evolutionary ecologist and a conservation biologist, obtained his doctoral degree form Panjab University, India. He has held Bullard and Cabot Fellowships at Harvard University, and has also been named a Guggenheim Fellow as well as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment.
Currently, a Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Kamal Bawa, has published more than 160 papers, and edited eight books, monographs or special issues of journals. He is the editor-in-chief of Conservation and Society, an interdisciplinary journal in conservation, and also serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. He has served on many national and international advisory panels.
He has been the President of the Association for Tropical Biology (1999-2001), and is a member of the board of several foundations. Kamal Bawa is the founder-president of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), a non- governmental organisation devoted to research, policy analysis, and education in India. He is also a founder-trustee of the Center for Interdisciplinary studies in Environment and Development (CISED), Bangalore, India.
In 2001, with K. N. Ganeshaiah and R. Uma Shaanker from ATREE, he organized the first Annual ATB meeting outside the American continent in Bangalore, India.