Ashwini Petchiappan

Programme Assistant – Marine Flagships

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

Email: ashwini@dakshin.org

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

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

Popular articles:

Power and perils of narratives in science communication: https://projectbiology.com/power-and-perils-of-narratives-in-science-communication/ (Project Biology, February 2021)

Sensitivity and sensitivity reading women’s health conversations: https://projectbiology.com/sensitivity-and-sensitivity-reading-womens-health-conversations/ (Project Biology, March 2021)
Maps can lie: https://medium.com/science-plus-plus/maps-can-lie-873527295e4f (Science Plus Plus, June 2020)

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