Hariprasath R

Research Assistant – Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring Programme

Qualifications: M.Sc Applied Ecology, Université de Poitiers, 2019
B.Sc Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, Loyola College, Chennai, 201

E -mail: hariprasath@dakshin.org

Profile: Observing nesting olive ridley turtles in a shoreline dominated by human activities in Chennai played a major role in sparking my interest in ecology and conservation. Driven by my curiosity to understand these charming creatures, I joined Dakshin as an intern post my undergraduate degree in 2016 which later became a Project Assistant position in the Long term sea turtle monitoring programme at Rushikulya. Wanting to equip myself with the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in ecology and conservation, I got a masters degree in Applied Ecology. For my master’s dissertation, I analysed the flight patterns of migratory Black kites (Milvus migrans) in the vicinity of wind farms in Southern Spain. Now, I am working with Dakshin again in the Lakshadweep archipelago to understand green turtle movements and measure the impacts of their herbivory on seagrass meadows and communities. I am interested in studying different kinds of organismal movements and their significance in shaping biological communities and ecosystem processes. I am also interested in understanding movement patterns of organisms specifically to help reduce human-wildlife conflict.

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