My research is motivated by innate curiosity in the natural world and also a keen interest in answering questions that can inform conservation and management efforts. For the past few years; I have worked (alongside colleagues) on a range of basic and applied studies in marine systems. These include studies on understanding the role of local institutions in governing resource use, socio-ecological resilience, illegal marine trade, interactions between dugongs and seagrass meadows, amongst others. For my doctoral research, I evaluated the impact of the tsunami on the coral reef communities and marine resource utilisation in the Nicobar archipelago.
My broad research interests are in understanding animal behaviour, conservation biology, species interactions, socio-ecological resilience, and ecosystem level processes in marine environments. In the future, I plan to continue studying dugongs, dolphins, coconut crabs and socio-ecological systems in the marine environment.
Incorporating reef resilience into current management of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago
Funding and support
Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of INDIA
My research would have been impossible without the help of a large number of people and organisations. Following is the list of organisations who helped me with my research.
Nature Conservation Foundation
Andaman and Nicobar island’s Environmental Team
National Centre for Biological Sciences
Centre for Wildlife Studies
Madurai Kamaraj University,
Reef Watch Marine Conservation
Andaman and Nicobar Forest Department
Volunteers and internships
My current work is in the Andaman islands. If you are able to support yourself financially and would like to obtain experience working in the Andaman islands with me, then I am happy to discuss ideas and concepts.