About me

I hold a Masters in Marine Sciences and a PhD in coral reef ecology. For the past few years, I have been working  on range of  projects, including socio-ecological resilience, illegal marine trade, marine protected areas, interactions between dugongs & sea-grass meadows, dolphins and coconut crabs. While most of my work has been in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, I have also worked in Lakshadweep islands, in Grand island in Goa, in Dwaraka island in Gujrat, in Gulf of Mannar in Tamilnadu, in Netrani in Karnataka and along coastal Maharashtra and at offshore submerged bank at Angria Bank.

Currently I work with Wildlife Conservation Society-India and I head their marine program where I share responsibility for research, capacity building, funding, partnerships and outreach to ensure activities of the program on five core areas i.e., coral reefs, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine mammals, and sharks and rays.

vardhanpatankar@gmail.com