Chetan Rao

Senior Research Assistant – Marine Flagships, Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring Program
Qualifications: M.Sc. Wildlife Science, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, 2011. B.Sc. Zoology, Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai, 2009

Profile: I joined Dakshin in December 2013 as a project assistant on the long term monitoring project of olive ridley sea turtles in Ganjam, Odisha. I subsequently moved on to work on another marine reptile- sea snakes, one of the speciose but less understood animal. I currently supervise the effect of fishing practices on the ecology of sea snakes in Malvan, Maharashtra.

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Publications: 

Serpents of the Sea. Hornbill. August 2018

Effect of fishing practices on species assemblages of sea snakes off the Sindhudurg coast of Maharashtra, India – Final Report

A quick guide to the sea snakes of Sindudhurg

How Life Came a Full Circle for the snakes that call the Ocean their Home’. The Wire. October 2017

Rao, C. “The Big Squeeze” Saevus. July. 2014. 27-29. Print (Popular Article)

‘The Ridley’s Riddle’. Nature Kaleidoscope- Bulletin on the Wildlife Institute of India 2014.

Rao, C., G. Talukdar., B. C. Choudhury., P. G. Shankar., R. Whitaker and M. Goode. 2013. Habitat use of King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) in a heterogeneous landscape matrix in the tropical forests of the Western Ghats, India. Hamadryad 36(2) 69-79

Rao, C., Talukdar, G and Choudhury, B.C. 2011. Factors influencing movement pattern, habitat use and distribution of king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)- a multi scale approach. Thesis submitted to the Wildlife Institute of India.

Rao, C. “Human-wildlife conflict in India”. Economic times. July 2010. Print (Popular article)

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