Hariprasath R

Senior Programme Associate – Marine Flagships

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

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 Hariprasath’s interest in ecology and conservation. Driven by his curiosity to understand these charming creatures, he joined Dakshin as an intern post his undergraduate degree in 2016 which later became a Senior Programme Associate position in the Long Term Sea Turtle Monitoring Programme at Rushikulya. Wanting to equip himself with the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in ecology and conservation, he got a masters degree in Applied Ecology. For his master’s dissertation, he analysed the flight patterns of migratory Black kites (Milvus migrans) in the vicinity of wind farms in Southern Spain. Now, he is 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. He is interested in studying different kinds of organismal movements and their significance in shaping biological communities and ecosystem processes. He is also interested in understanding movement patterns of organisms specifically to help reduce human-wildlife conflict.