Prerana Gawde

Senior Research Assistant

My formal education in Zoology and professional training as a SCUBA diver provided the groundwork for developing the passion and a career in marine sciences. My interests are in the areas of marine ecology, wildlife conservation, and human dimensions of natural resources. I am interested in research that can inform conservation actions as well as the sustainable use of natural resources. Currently, what piques my interest are the biological and ecological features of small pelagic fishes. I find myself wanting to learn more about how their populations get influenced by these features and physical attributes of the ocean. 

Baitfish, a collective of small-sized fishes, is a pre-requisite for the operation of a sustainable fishery practised in the Lakshadweep called the Pole and Line Tuna Fishery. Baitfish get exploited to some extent; hence at Dakshin, I am working on a monitoring plan to study the population patterns of these baitfish and get a better understanding of their ecology. This way, the Pole and line fishery can be sustained, without stressing the baitfish populations. 

In Lakshadweep, we work closely with the local fisher community, which I enjoy. I have a pulse and personality of someone who loves to work through challenges and I like working to better myself. Right now, I am engaged in finding the most elegant way to write about my work, among other things. 


Qualifications: M. Sc. – Marine Biology and Ecology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, AUS, 2018.
M.Sc. – Zoology (Major: Animal Physiology), University of Mumbai, IND, 2014.
PADI Divemaster, 2014.



Photographic contribution in Apte, D. & Desai, D. (2017). Field Guide to the Sea Slugs of India, Mumbai, Bombay Natural History Society.

Valuing a hidden octopus fishery in the Lakshadweep (The Bastion, September 2020)

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