Kartik Shanker is a founder trustee of Dakshin Foundation. An ecologist by training, Kartik has interests in both mountain and marine systems. Currently, he is a Professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES), Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore where he conducts research on a range of taxa including frogs, reptiles, birds, plants, and reef fish and other marine fauna. His work with marine turtles in the last 20 years has led to broader interests in coastal and marine conservation. His work at Dakshin is embedded in the belief that social, cultural and political contexts largely determine conservation outcomes. Kartik’s commitment to public understanding of science led him to establish Current Conservation, a magazine that bridges conservation and art by bringing together research professionals, writers and artists from different parts of the world. He is the author of the book From Soup to Superstar, a historical account of sea turtle conservation in India. In his spare time, Kartik also seeks to distract young minds through children’s stories which include Lori’s Magical Mystery, Turtle Story, The Adventures of Philautus Frog, and Moonlight in the Sea.
Ph.D., Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science.
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