Positions: Founder Trustee and Programme Head – Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring Programme
Ph.D., Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science. 1998.
M.Sc. Zoology, University of Madras, 1991.
B.Sc. Zoology, Madras Christian College, 1989.
Telephone: 91-80-22933104, 23600453
I am interested in diversity at various levels of organisation, from genes to ecosystems, and at various scales from local communities to macro-ecological scales. My research group works on the community ecology and biogeography of various taxa, including marine invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds. We combine field ecology, phylogenetics and ecological modelling to understand evolutionary and biogeography patterns. I am also continuing my research on the ecology and evolutionary biology of marine turtles.
I am interested in evolving marine conservation paradigms and analysing policy in the context of conservation and livelihoods. I would like to develop approaches that are participatory and promote the sustainable use of natural resources. I am also attempting to set up networks for conservation along the coast.
- Long-term monitoring of sea turtles at the Rushikulya mass nesting rookery, Orissa
- Mobilizing communities for sustainable and equitable fisheries governance in Lakshadweep
- Monitoring and conservation of leatherback turtles and their habitats in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
- Species assemblages of sea snakes off the Sindhudurg coast of Maharashtra, India
- Survey of intertidal communities in Tamil Nadu