Author Archives: Vardhan Patankar

About Vardhan Patankar

Email: vardhanpatankar@gmail.com

Meet my new companion—Gulmohar

Gulmohar flowers announce the arrival of monsoon. Its bright red colours are a harbinger of good times. My harbinger of a good time has been my recently purchased bicycle. It is a kind of bike that is popularly known as a … Continue reading

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“What not to do in the field”: A how-not-to guide to field biology

Nitya Prakash Mohanty is a wildlife researcher working on the Andaman Islands, in the Bay of Bengal. His ongoing PhD study examines the Indian bullfrog’s recent introduction and subsequent invasion on the archipelago, far from the frog’s natural home on … Continue reading

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Of butterflyfish and angelfish and their distribution

In our recent paper, just out of the oven, we make a case that latitude and live coral independently determine the species richness of butterflyfish and angelfish communities in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The idea for this paper started … Continue reading

Posted in Science reporting, Underwater

On the wild side

“A big fat crocodile stirs through the creek, eight Nicobar pigeons perch, tonnes of terns take flight, white-throated kingfishers flit above the ground, mantas swim swiftly in the shallows, a few hundred small-sized fish swim-in-and-out of the coral crevices, introduced … Continue reading

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An Island Life for me

Part writer. Part mermaid. Sitara is always on the lookout for portals to other worlds where all the fun stuff like magic and dragons exist. This is her account of an island life. Guest post by Sitara Hussain.  Ever since … Continue reading

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I found an obese sea star!

Well, maybe not the fattest individual, but definitely abnormal. I have never seen such fat individual of any species in the wild. If you don’t believe me take a look at this fat sea star. Yeah, that’s right, get into … Continue reading

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Influence of singer on you

One of my more irrational fears is that, someday, one day, maybe on Monday I will get delusional and forget all the memories I have made. The thought alone terrifies me, but even in my seemingly ludicrous anxiety, one thing … Continue reading

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