Muralidharan M

Field Director: Flagships Species– Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring Programme

Position: Field Director: Flagships Species– Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring Programme

Qualifications: M.Sc Wildlife Sciences, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, 2009



I joined Dakshin in 2010 to study the mass nesting behaviour of olive ridley turtles in Odisha. Now as Field Director in the Biodiversity and Monitoring Programme, I develop and oversees projects focusing on the monitoring of flagship marine species such as sea turtles and sea snakes across the Indian coast. I have worked with traditional fishing communities to develop more participatory activities in conservation. My interests include education, outreach and training for the monitoring and conservation of coastal and marine systems.

Other Positions:

Managing Editor: Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter
Regional Chair: Northern Indian Ocean Marine Turtle Task Force: IOSEA MoU
Country Member: Marine Turtle Specialist Group: IUCN Species Specialist Commission



  • Sridhar,A. and M. Muralidharan. 2013. Marine fishing craft and gear of Odisha. Dakshin Foundation, Bangalore. 92 pages.

Project Reports

Chandrana, R., M. Manoharakrishnan and K Shanker. Long-term Monitoring and Community-based Conservation of Olive Ridley Turtles in Odisha. CMPA Technical Series No. 7. Indo-German Biodiversity Programme, GIZ-India, New Delhi

Other Articles

Popular Articles

Ramesh, M., & Manoharakrishnan, M. (2016, December 1). Turning Turtle. The Hindu. Retrieved from


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