Vardhan Patankar

I’m a DST-INSPIRE Fellow working with the Wildlife Conservation Society (India) and National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)

I’m working towards incorporating reef resilience principles into current management of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In the past, I have worked as a research affiliate with the Oceans and Coasts Program at the Nature Conservation Foundation. In addition, I work with the Konkan Cetacean Research Team (KCRT) along the Konkan coast in Maharashtra.

Karan Deshpande

My interest in marine ecology stems from a fascination for cetaceans and coral reef-associated organisms. On a broader perspective, I’d like to study the effects and consequences of a shifting environment on these organisms. My current work focuses on assessing the conservation status and distribution of protected marine invertebrates in South Andaman

Aniruddha Marathe

I am interested in geographic gradients in species diversity and processes that regulate them at different spatial scales. I think ants are fascinating organisms. I have worked on ant communities across elevational gradients in the eastern Himalaya. In the meanwhile, Vardhan’s passion for the sea and marine life proved infectious and I got interested in his work on Andaman and Nicobar islands. One day I hope to join him on a dive to actually see the butterflyfishes and parrotfishes that make data points in the scatter plots of our papers. With the help of friends and family, I have also had the opportunity to exchange ideas about other equally fascinating systems such as dry tropical forests of central India, and large scale species distribution in the Indian subcontinent.


Zoya Tyabji
Zoya Tyabji

I am interested in marine ecology, particularly in elasmobranchs and the coral reef ecosystem. My current research is on assessing threatened elasmobranchs in the Andamans, India supported by the Rufford Foundation and Conservation Leadership Program.



Tanmay Wagh

Tanmay Wagh

My primary interests lie in understanding the ecology of coral reefs and reef-associated flora and fauna. My current work focusses on assessing the role of herbivorous reef fish in maintaining the coral-algal balance on coral reefs of the Andaman Islands, India supported by the Rufford Foundation.Contact:


Nairika Bharucha

I am intrigued by coral reefs. I intend on studying the interactions in marine ecosystems between coral reefs and reef-associated organisms.

  • Sahyadri D Krishna, IISER Tirupati
  • PS Vishnuprasad, IISER Tirupati
  • Akhila Paranjape, MES Garware College
  • Sowjanya Chandrasekhar, James Cook University
  • Sitara Hussain, Diver Master with Andaman Bubbles
  • Ipshita Adhyapak, TERI University
  • Harsh Narola, IISER Tirupati
  • Vishwanath KG, IISER Tirupati

Field assistance

  • Babu Kutti
  • Naveen Ekka
  • Sanjay Tirkey
  • James Tirkey

Logistical & other support

  • Nature Conservation Foundation
  • Andaman Nicobar Environmental Team
  • National Centre for Biological Sciences
  • Centre for Wildlife Studies
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Reef Watch Marine Conservation
  • Andaman and Nicobar Forest Department
  • Dakshin Foundation