Venkat Sankar

Research on Endangered Species

Venkat Sankar, USA Finalist, 13-14

As the global population grows, it has become increasingly common for infrastructure projects (e.g. dams, solar farms) to adversely impact the habitat quality and overall viability of wildlife in general, and endangered species in particular. The goal of my project is to identify and validate a computer simulation based approach to assess and manage this impact. Using the Panoche Valley Solar Farm project in California and its impact on the endangered giant kangaroo rat population as a real-world case study example, I have been able to validate simulation modeling as a feasible and cost-effective approach to this class of problems.