Prerana Gawde

Research Assistant

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.

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My master’s degree in animal physiology, taught me the fundamentals of animal biology and provided groundwork for a deeper understanding of this field of science. During

my stint as a professional recreational diver, I got an opportunity to spend time underwater discovering how the aquatic community functions with such orchestral knack. It’s here that I recorded and published some of my underwater photographs of numerous life forms. Consequently, I went on to pursue a M.Sc. degree (since one was not enough) in marine biology and ecology to gain systematic understanding of marine science. For my master’s dissertation, I presented results of a case study on fisher community situated near a Marine protected area in the Andaman Islands of India.

I believe that conservation of marine life and their ecological functions can occur at the intersection of two crossroads, that are basic and applied ecology. As part of the Biodiversity and resource monitoring programme, I am working on ecology and assessment of baitfish utilized in the pole and line tuna fisheries of Lakshadweep. My broad research areas of interest are socio-ecological systems in resource use, marine ecological interactions and ecological effectiveness of marine protected areas.


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

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