Chandra Shekhar Biradar

Dr. Chandra Shekhar Biradar is a principal agro-ecosystems scientist and leads ICARDA’s geospatial science, technology and application research activities. Dr. Biradar has led production of the world’s first satellite sensor serving irrigated and rainfed croplands, and has developed a number of remote sensing-based methods, algorithms, and tools related to land use and land cover mapping, biodiversity assessments, water productivity, and eco-epidemiology. His current research involves developing geospatial mechanisms that deliver interventions for smallholder farmers more precisely.

Dr. Biradar has authored over 200 publications, which include 75 refereed journal publications, 24 books and book chapters, and over 100 other publications. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin’s Outstanding Young Scientist Award in 2013.

Before joining ICARDA in 2013, he was professor and researcher at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where he worked on a number of federally-funded projects. Biradar received his Ph.D. in remote sensing and environmental sciences from the University of Pune, India, and completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Ocean and Space at the University of New Hampshire. He also earned a master’s degree in genetic engineering from the University of Horticulture and Forestry in Solan, India.