Puja Batra is the Technical Director of the Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Initiative at the Center for Applied Biodiversity Conservation at Conservation International. Her current work with the TEAM Initiative involves coordinating a network of scientists based at field stations in the tropics to implement a standardized protocol for biodiversity monitoring. This long-term monitoring program aims to develop an early-warning system on the status of biodiversity, and provide information on baseline conditions on selected groups of biodiversity indicators inside protected areas. Puja received her PhD from Michigan State University, and Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas. Past work experiences include research in the South Asian tropics on pollinators, research on traditional ecological knowledge, organic farming, environmental education, and habitat restoration. Other conservation issues of interest involve sustainable use of natural resources, and community-based conservation projects.