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.

Ongoing projects

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

Dakshin Foundation

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.