Esha Gokhale

Research Assistant – LTEO

Qualifications: BSc. Environmental Science, Fergusson College (2014-2017); MSc. Marine Science, Goa University (2017-2019)

Email: esha@dakshin.org

Profile: I have been fascinated by the big blue since I was a kid and dreamed of becoming a marine biologist to be able to study the oceans in more depth. I started volunteering with a number of marine projects during my Bachelor’s to gain more experience which further strengthened my resolve to continue in this field. Since then, I have interned with Wildlife Institute of India for studying the nesting behaviour of Olive Ridley turtles on the coast of Saurashtra, Gujarat and later worked as a field assistant for the CAMPA Dugong Project in the Andaman Islands. I am interested in studying marine population ecology in areas with rich species diversity like coral reefs and seagrass beds and specifically interested in the ecology, behaviour and conservation of reef sharks. My other interests include studying intertidal habitats and I deeply care about the areas of ocean conservation, climate change and social justice.

At Dakshin, I am a part of the marine theme of the Long Term Ecological Observatories (LTEO) program. As part of the project, we will be carrying out long term monitoring studies to understand the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems and trends in coral reef and reef fish communities in the Andaman Islands.

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