Chandana Pusapati

Research Assistant – Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring

Qualifications: M.Sc. Climate Science and Policy, TERI University, New Delhi, 2019


Profile: Wildlife has always piqued my interest. So much so, that while pursuing my Masters in Climate Science and Policy, I would attempt linking the climate change related impacts and its consequences to earth’s ecosystems & wildlife itself. I took my dissertation as an opportunity to study about the impacts of growing sand temperatures on nesting beaches and assessed its effect on Olive Ridley hatchling fitness. As a part of Dakshin, I am currently working on the long-term monitoring project of sea turtles in Odisha. Simultaneously, I am working on understanding temperature related mortalities, scute abnormalities in Olive Ridley hatchlings and the impact of extreme temperatures on embryonic development of the species. My broader research interests include marine ecology and conservation, species-ecosystems interactions and community conservation.


Pusapati C., M. Muralidharan, A.D. Phillott, and K. Shanker. June, 2021. Effect of Hatchery Nest Environment on Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) Hatchling Performance. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 20(1), 60-70.


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