Vardhan Patankar

I’m a DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow with the Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS) and National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and working towards incorporating reef resilience principles into current management of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Previously, I was a research affiliate with the Oceans and Coasts Program at Nature Conservation Foundation.

In addition, I work with the Konkan Cetacean Research Team along Konkan coast in Maharashtra.


Bangalore: +91 9481728583, Andaman: +91 9679567753

Keywords: Ecology, coral reefs, conservation, marine mammals, crabs, resilience, acoustics  


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.


Nairika Bharucha

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

Past researchers/ interns

  • Akhila Paranjape
  • Sowjanya Chandrasekhar
  • Sitara Hussain
  • Ipshita Adhyapak
  • Harsh Narola
  • Vishwanath KG

Field assistance

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

Logistical & other support

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

Volunteers and internships

If you want to work on the reef resilience project in the Andaman Islands, then I am happy to discuss ideas.