Ghazala Shahabuddin has a PhD in Ecology and Conservation Biology from Duke University, USA (1998) in which she studied the patterns and drivers of butterfly species extinction from habitat fragments. Since 2010, Ghazala has been researching the effects of land use change, climate change, extraction and fragmentation on forest bird species and communities in the Western Himalayas.
Ghazala has earlier taught ecology at Ambedkar University, Delhi (2009-14) and currently is a Visiting Professor in Environmental Studies at Ashoka University, Haryana. She has published extensively on ornithology, forest management and conservation policy and politics in India. Her book ‘Conservation at the Crossroads’ (Permanent Black and New India Foundation, 2010), examines biodiversity policy and its implementation in India.
At WCS-India, Ghazala is involved in ornithological research and conservation, academic mentorship and in promotion of ethical bird-based tourism. Her long-term goals are to enhance the capacity of young people to rejuvenate their environment and to undertake ecological research that is of value to conservation and policy-making.