Naveen Namboothri is a founder trustee of Dakshin Foundation and heads the Sustainable Fisheries and Education programmes at Dakshin. Trained as a marine biologist, he has worked in diverse coastal and marine systems across India particularly focusing on its island systems, Naveen’s research interests range from the natural history of marine organisms to understanding the interconnectedness between societies and ecosystems. He oversees the establishment and implementation of several marine conservation projects at Dakshin’s field sites such as the community-led fisheries management in the Lakshadweep and the Andaman Islands, long-term monitoring of coral reef ecosystems in the Andamans, and understanding of the drivers pushing fisheries in India down unsustainable pathways. Naveen also heads the Education programme at Dakshin that aims to nurture and strengthen the interconnectedness between children in rural communities and their local environment through place-based education. He has served on the editorial board of Current Science and was an invited member of the Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology Task Force of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
Ph.D in Marine Biology, Centre for Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu