Qualifications : M.Sc. Conservation Biology, University of Kent, U.K., 2012
B.Sc. Zoology, University of Pune, India, 2011
Fascination for the sea and its creatures and an opportunity to work on sea turtles resulted in a Master’s thesis on green sea turtles in Sri Lanka. Following the M.Sc., I have worked with Dakshin Foundation in Odisha and Maharashtra on olive ridley turtles (2012-2015, 2017) and with the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Costa Rica (Tortuguero) on green turtles (2016).
My main interest is understanding sea turtles and their ecology in the Indian waters and using this information for their management and conservation. I am also interested in community based conservation initiatives as it gives an opportunity to interact with local communities and learn traditional practices and beliefs which aid in conservation planning.
Currently, I am working on the green sea turtle monitoring project to develop conflict mitigation techniques and conserve sea grass communities in the Lakshadweep Islands.
- A.D. Phillott & N.Kale. 2018. The use of sea turtle hatcheries as an ex-situ conservation strategy in India. Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter, 27:18-29
- Kale, N., Manoharakrishnan, M., & Shanker, K. 2016. The olive currency: a comparative account of community based ecotourism ventures in Western India. Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter, 23: 2-6.
- Kale, N. 2014. Implications of juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) sightings along the east coast of India. Marine Turtle Newsletter, (140), 11-13