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Central Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests, South Western Ghats moist deciduous forests, South Western Ghats montane rainforests, Chhota-Nagpur dry deciduous forests


Conservationist, Ecologist

Sarika Khanwilkar

Rainforest Connection and Project Dhvani

Dr. Sarika Khanwilkar has dedicated her career to conserving endangered species and improving planetary health through data-driven action. Before joining Rainforest Connection (RFCx), a conservation technology startup, she got her PhD in Ecology from Columbia University. As a co-founder of the Indian-based startup, Project Dhvani, Dr. Khanwilkar has used acoustic technology and research to evaluate restoration impacts across India, and aims to make acoustics more accessible and impactful in India. Most of her free time is spent in the forests of central India looking for tigers, admiring trees, and listening to the symphony of sounds. As the Head of Partnerships at RFCx, she is actively involved in using scalable technologies like acoustics and AI to support high-impact conservation work.