Nirmal Bhagabati

Lead Natural Capital Scientist, Forest Team, Natural Capital

Nirmal Bhagabati
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Nirmal is a Senior Scientist on the Forest Team and The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) at WWF. At WWF he leads natural capital assessments in multiple countries and regions, apply spatial modeling tools and other approaches to conduct these assessments, and conducts training workshops to build capacity in the use of modeling tools and their application to informing decisions. He provides strategic guidance to partners, and works with these partners to mainstream ecosystem services and natural capital assessments into decision-making contexts. Much of his current work is focused on the Greater Mekong region (specifically, Myanmar and Cambodia). He also has spent time working in the Eastern Himalayas, Indonesia, and Latin America.

Additionally, Nirmal has worked on biofuels, REDD, conservation planning, population ecology and bioinformatics at a number of organizations including Conservation International, the National Wildlife Federation, IUCN and the Smithsonian Institution.

“I grew up in Assam, India, a region of stunning natural beauty, rich in wildlife and cultural diversity. I was inspired from an early age to work in the field of conservation.”

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Lead Natural Capital Scientist, Forest Team


• Ecology, ornithology, conservation, sustainable development
• PhD, State University of New York
• MS: University of Maryland

Areas of Expertise

• Ecosystem services
• Natural Capital assessments
• Spatial analysis
• Conservation
• Ecology
• Capacity building