Qualifications : MSc Marine Biology (2013-2015), Pondicherry University
I have been based out of the Andaman Islands since 2013, and in the process, have had an opportunity to be a part of various projects related to coral reefs, mangroves, seagrasses and dugongs, elasmobranch fisheries and leatherback turtles. My broad research interests lie in understanding the relationship between conservation, exploitation and sustainable use of marine resources, particularly in coral reef ecosystems. Presently, I am working as the Programme Manager of the Marine Programme as part of the Long Term Ecological Observatories (LTEO) programme of the MOEFCC. The broad goal of this project is to understand the long-term impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems and taxa in the Andaman Islands. Along with this, I am also carrying out research on profiling small-scale reef fisheries in the islands.
Patankar V, Wagh T, and Marathe A (2019). Fishing pressure and benthic characteristics influence the
distribution of the Bumphead Parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, India . Oryx. doi: 10.1017/S0030605318000376
Patankar V, Tyabji Z and Wagh T (2019). Observations on the female flowers and fruiting of Tape Grass Enhalus acoroides from South Andaman Islands, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa11(5): 13617–13621. doi : 10.11609/jott.4253.11.5.13617-13621
Namboothri N, Arthur R, Patankar V and Wagh T (2019) Climate change impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems. In : Bhat JR et al, Biodiversity and climate change : An Indian Perspective, New Delhi, India : Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.
Patankar V, Paranjape A, Tyabji Z, Wagh T and Marathe A. (2018) Occurrence and distribution of Tetraodontiform fishes from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. Check List 14(3): 529-537. doi: 10.15560/14.3.579