McClanahan T.R, Maina, J.M., Darling, E. S., Mireille M., Guillaume, G., Muthiga, N.A., D’agata, S., Leblond, J., Arthur R.,, Jupiter, S.J., Wilson, S.W., Mangubhai, S., Ussi, A.M., Humphries A.T., Patankar, V., Shedrawi, G., Julius P., Ndagala, J., Grimsditch G. (2020) Large geographic variability in the resistance of corals to thermal stress. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Tyabji Z, Wagh T, Patankar V, Jabado RW, Sutaria D (2020) Catch composition and life history characteristics of sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii) landed in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. PLoS ONE 15(10): e0231069. pone.0231069


McClanahan TR, Darling ES, Maina JM, Muthiga NA, D’agata S, Jupiter SD, Arthur R,  Wilson SK, Mangubhai S, Nand Y, Ussi AM, Humphries AT, Patankar VJ, Guillaume MMM, Keith SA, Shedrwawi G, Julis P, Grimsditch G, Ndagala J, Leblond J (2019) Temperature patterns and mechanisms influencing coral bleaching during the 2016 El Niño., Nature Climate Change: 1-7.

Darling ES, McClanahan TR, Maina JM, Gurney GA, Graham NAJ, Januchowski-Hartley F, Cinner JE, Mora C, Hicks CC, Maire E, Puotinen M, Skirving WJ, Adjeroud M, Ahmadia G, Arthur R, Bauman A, Beger M, Berumen M, Bigot L, Bouwmeester J, Brenier A, Bridge T, Brown E, Campbell S, Cannon S, Cauvin B, Chen C, Claudet J, Denis V, Donner S, Estradivari E, Fadli N, Feary D, Fenner D, Fox H, Franklin E, Friedlander A, Gilmour J, Goiran C, Guest J, Hobbs J, Hoey A, Houk P, Johnson S, Jupiter S, Kayal M, Kuo C, Lamb J, Lee M, Low J, Muthiga N, Muttaqin E, Nand Y, Nash K, Nedlic O, Pandolfi J, Pardede S, Patankar V, Penin L, Ribas-Deulofeu L, Richards Z, Roberts T, Rodgers K, Safuan C, Sala E, Shedrawi G, Sin T, Smallhorn-West P, Smith J, Sommer B, Steinberg P, Sutthacheep M, Tan C, Williams G, Wilson S, Yeemin T, Bruno JF, Fortin MJ, Krkosek M and D Mouillot. (2019)Social-environmental drivers inform strategic management of coral reefs in the Anthropocene. Nature Ecology and Evolution,

Patankar, VJ (2019). Attitude, perception and awareness of stakeholders towards the protected marine species in the Andaman Islands. Ocean & Coastal Management179, 104830.

Patankar V, Wagh T. & Tyabji Z. (2019). Observations on the female flowers and fruiting of Tape Grass (Enhalus acoroides) from South Andaman Islands, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 11(5): 13617–13621.

Patankar, V., D’Souza & Marathe, A. (2019) Protected areas and benthic characteristics influence the distribution of the Vulnerable bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, Oryx,

Namboothri, N., Arthur R., Patankar V., Wagh T (2018) Climate change impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems, In Bhatt, J. R., A. A. Das, and K. Shanker. “Biodiversity and Climate Change: An Indian Perspective.” New Delhi, India: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, Delhi.

Ghodke M., Chandi M, Patankar V. (2018) Yellow-banded Mangrove Snakes (Cantoria violacea) Consume Hard- shelled Orange Signaler Crabs (Metaplax elegans), IRCF journal of Reptiles & Amphibians, 25(1): 50-51.

Bopardikar I., Sule M., Jog K., Patankar V., Sutaria, D., Klinck H. (2018) Description and classification of Indian Ocean humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) whistles recorded off the Sindhudurg coast of Maharashtra, India. Marine Mammal Science.

Patankar, V., D’Souza & Marathe, A. (2017) Latitude and live coral cover independently affect Chaetodontid and Pomacanthid fish community distribution in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, India. Marine Biodiversity, 1-11. DOI 10.1007/s12526-017-0790-4

Ghodke M., Chandi M, Patankar V. (2018) Yellow-banded Mangrove Snakes (Cantoria violacea) Consume Hard-shelled Orange Signaler Crabs (Metaplax elegans), IRCF Reptiles & Amphinbians • 25(1):50–51.


Jog K., Sule, M., Patankar, V. Bopardikar, I., Sutaria, D. (2017) Living with Dolphins: Fishers Perceptions and Conservation Implications along the Sindhudurg coast of Maharashtra, India. Marine Mammal Science, DOI: 10.1111/mms.12466

Patankar V., D’Souza E. and Marathe A. (2017) Latitude and live coral cover independently affect Chaetodontid and Pomacanthid fish community distribution in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, India, Marine Biodiversity. DOI: 10.1007/s12526-017-0790-4.


Patankar V. (2016) Synchronous spawning of the sea cucumber Holothuria (Lessonothuria) Pardalis Selenka, 1867 in the Andaman archipelago, India, Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 112 (2), November, 1, 31.

Patankar, V., D’Souza, E., Alcoverro, T., & Arthur, R. (2016). For traditional island communities in the Nicobar archipelago, complete no-go areas are the most effective form of marine management. Ocean & Coastal Management, 133 (1), 53-63.


Patankar V., D’Souza E., Alcoverro, T. and Arthur, R. (2015) Erosion of Traditional Marine Management Systems in the Face of Disturbances in the Nicobar Archipelago, Human Ecology, Volume 43 (5), 697–707.

D’Souza E., Patankar V., Arthur R., Marbà N., Alcoverro T. (2015) Seagrass Herbivory Levels Sustain Site-Fidelity in a Remnant Dugong Population. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0141224. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141224.

Patankar, V. (2015) Illegal marine trade in India, Economic & Political Weekly, in Letters, September 26th, Volume 1 (39)


D’Souza, E., Patankar, V., Arthur, R., Alcoverro, T., Kelkar, N. (2013) Long-Term Occupancy Trends in a Data-Poor Dugong Population in the Andaman and Nicobar Archipelago, PLoS ONE 8(10): e76181. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076181.


Patankar, V., D’Souza, E., Kumaraguru, A.K., and Arthur, R. (2012) Distance-related Thresholds and Influence of the 2004 Tsunami on Damage and Recovery Patterns of Coral Reefs in the Nicobar Islands, Current Science, 102(8): 1199-1205.

Patankar, V. and D’Souza, E. (2012) Conservation Needs of the Coconut Crab (Birgus latro) on the Nicobar Islands, India, Oryx, 46: 175-178, doi:10.1017/S0030605311000408.


D’Souza, E. and Patankar, V. (2009) First Underwater Sighting and Preliminary Behavioural Observations of Dugongs (Dugong dugon) in the wild from Indian waters, Andaman Islands, Journal of Threatened Taxa 1 (1): 49-53.

2005 to 2007

Patankar, V. (2007) First Post-Tsunami Sighting of the Coconut Crab in the Nicobar Islands, Oryx,   41(3) 1-2.

Gaur, A.S., Sundaresh and Patankar, V. (2005) Ancient Shell Industry at Bet Dwarka Island, Current Science, 4(89): 941-946.

Book chapters

Hines, E. M., Adulyanukosol, K. Poochaviranon, S. Somany, P., Ath, S.L., Cox, N., Symington, K., Tun, T., Ilangakoon, A., DeIongh, H. H., Aragones, L.V., Lu, S., Jiang, X., Jing, X., D’Souza, E., Patankar, V., Sutaria, D., Jethva, B. Solanki P. (2013). Dugongs in Asia. In Sirenian conservation: Issues and strategies in developing countries. Ellen Hines. John Reynolds, Lemnuel Aragones, Antonio A. Mignucci- Giannoni, Miriam Marmontel. (Ed.) Florida: University of Florida Press.

D’Souza, E., Raveendran, E.K., Rajan, P.T., and Patankar, V. (2010) Status of Dugong dugon (Muller) in Andaman and Nicobar islands based on past records and traditional hunting by indigenous tribes, in: Ramakrishna R, C. and Sivaperuman, C. (ed) Recent Trends in Biodiversity of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkatta, 443-448.

Gaur, A. S., Sundaresh and Patankar, V. (2005) Ancient Shell Industry at Bet Dwarka Island, in: Gaur, A.S., Sundaresh, Vora, K.H. (ed) Archaeology of Bet Dwarka Island, An Excavation Expedition, Aryan Book International and National Institute of Oceanography, New Delhi, 71-82.

Popular articles

Patankar V. (2020) Expedition Angria Bank, Sanctuary Asia, December issue.

Patankar V. (2018) Understanding reef resilience in the Andamans, Hornbill, Bombay Natural History Society Magazine, April-June, 42-45.

Patankar V. (2018) The Trials and Tribulations of the Andaman Fisheries, The WIRE.

Patankar V. (2017) Camping at Jahaji beach. Nature In Focus. August.

Patankar V. (2017) The Stars of the Sea. Nature in Focus. June.

Patankar V. (2017) The Crocodile Story. Andaman and Nicobar quarterly magazine. February-April.

Patankar V. (2017) Lost in the eyes of a Crocodile fish. Sanctuary Cubs, March issue.

Patankar V. & Pendharkar V. (2016) Attacks in the Andamans, Down to Earth, 16 to 30th November issue.

Patankar V. & Pendharkar V. (2016) On the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, humans and crocodiles are locked in conflict, Firstpost, 29th October.

Arthur R., Namboodhiri N. and Patankar V. (2016) Living with change: local responses to global impacts, Current Conservation, August-September, Issue 10.2

Tyabji Z. & Patankar V. (2016) Is there a future for the wetland birds of Sippighat in South Andaman?, Down to Earth, June web archive.

Patankar V. (2016) Bay Island Lizard: my work companions, Sanctuary Asia, January web archive.

Patankar V. (2016) “Live Like You Have a Hundred More Years To Go”: A Tribute to Dr Chhapgar, Sanctuary Asia, March web archive.

Patankar V. (2015) Jewels of the Seabed, The Hindu, In School, October 14th.

D’Souza E. & Patankar V. (2015) A day of dugong—story of their conservation, Daily Telegram, 4th October 2015.

Patankar V. (2015) How I wish I was a fish!, The Hindu, July 1st.

Patankar V. & D’Souza E. (2015) Marine Meadows, Sanctuary Asia, February issue.

Patankar V. (2014) The Fancy Sea Fan, The Hindu, December 25th.

Patankar V. (2014) The Mermaid’s Second Life, Down to Earth, October issue.

D’Souza E. and Patankar V. (2014) The Constant Gardner, Current Conservation, September issue.

Patankar V. (2014) The Back Kick, in Royal Enfield, My trips Newsletter, May issue.

Patankar V. (2013) The Florid Magnificence of the Lost City, Indian Review, November issue.

D’Souza E. and Patankar V. (2013) Where have all the Dugongs gone? A Study on Long-term Occupancy Trends in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, India, Sirenews, Newsletter of the IUCN Sirenia Specialist Group, Vol. No. 60.

D’Souza E. and Patankar V. (2013) Protecting the dugong: better late than never, in a special bulletin of the 59th Wildlife Week Booklet Department of Environment and Forests, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, September issue.

Patankar V. (2013) A Day in the Life of a Butterflyfish, The Hindu, July 10th.

Patankar V. (2013) Dugongs in the Andaman Islands-a saga, April 26, Andaman Chronicles.

Patankar V. (2013) Securing Habitat of Nemo, Friday, April 12, Andaman Chronicles.

Patankar V. (2013) Shadow of the Tiger, Bushchat, NCF Newsletter, February-April 2013.

Patankar V. and D’Souza E. (2012) Dugongs, Mermaids of the Sea, The Hindu, September 26th.

Karkare R. and Patankar V. (2012) A Thousand Leopards in the Sea, The Hindu, September 29th.

Patankar V. (2012) Expedition North Andaman, The Hindu, September 13th.

Patankar V. (2012) No Mermaid Fairytale, Down to Earth, August issue

Patankar V. (2012) Hidden Treasure of Andaman Islands, A Photo Story in Care4Nature Magazine, March issue

Patankar V. and Arthur R. (2012) The Fading of an Invisible Map, The Hindu, February 11th, Magazine Section

Patankar V. (2010) A Blow to Marine Life, Bushchat, NCF Newsletter (Special issue)

Patankar V. (2010) My Burrow the Center of My Life, In Hornbill, January-March, 26-29.

Patankar V. and D’Souza E. (2009) In Troubled Waters, Hindustan Times, 21st January.

D’Souza, E. and Patankar, V. (2008) Out of the Blue, Sanctuary Asia, Vol. XXVIII No.1, 40-45.

Sutaria D., D’Souza E. and Patankar V. (2009) The future of the dugong in the Indian sub-continent, Sirenews, Newsletter of the IUCN Sirenia Specialist Group, Vol. No. 52.


Karkare, R., Zambre A., Patankar, V., Ibrahim, M.K., and Arthur, R. (2012) Grouper Spawning Aggregation in the Lakshadweep Archipelago: baseline survey and behavioural observations, A report for the Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations, 1-23.

Patankar, V. and D’Souza E. (2010) Study on Coral assemblages of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and change from 2002-2009, A Report submitted to the Forest and Plantation Development Corporation Limited, 1- 20.

Kulkarni, S. Patankar, V. and D’Souza, E. (2008) Status of Earthquake and the Tsunami affected Coral Reefs in Andaman and Nicobar islands, in CORDIO Report, Sweden, Edited by Obura, D. O., Tamelander, J., Linden, O., 173-184.

Kulkarni, S. Patankar, V. and D’Souza, E. (2008) An Education & Awareness Program on Coral Reefs in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, in CORDIO Report, Sweden, Edited by Obura, D. O., Tamelander, J., Linden, O., 439-440.