Ashwini Petchiappan

Project Assistant – Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring

Qualifications: M.Sc. in Environmental Science from TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands
B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli


Profile: Satellites are like eyes in the sky, and I like applying them to study ecology and the environment. My master’s research at TU Delft was about active microwave remote sensing of the Amazon forest. I found ways to study canopy water dynamics, and detect droughts and floods in the forest from space. But, I realised I was more passionate about wildlife.

So, at the turn of the decade in 2020, I joined Dakshin Foundation. Since then, I’ve been active in multiple projects studying sea turtles using remote sensing. I model global distributions of all sea turtles species with experts from around the world. Closer home, I am analysing leatherback sea turtle migrations from Andaman Island. A big part of my work involves making maps of some sort. I also enjoy writing about science.

Popular articles:

Power and perils of narratives in science communication: (Project Biology, February 2021)

Sensitivity and sensitivity reading women’s health conversations: (Project Biology, March 2021)
Maps can lie: (Science Plus Plus, June 2020)

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