M.Sc. Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Ghent University, Belgium, 2016
B.Sc. Zoology, Chemistry and Botany, Christ University, Bangalore, 2014
I’ve been fascinated by the ocean from a very young age, and always looked for any excuse to be by the water. My research interests lie in exploring the impact of human activities on marine systems. I studied Lesser Black-backed Gull chicks for my master’s dissertation, looking at the effect of anthropogenic stressors on their development. I joined Dakshin Foundation in January 2017, working on bycatch of sea snakes from fishing vessels at Malvan, Maharashtra. Building up on this project, I started working on different types and aspects of fisheries bycatch. My study is currently focused on understanding commercially-used bycatch such as elasmobranchs and trash fish. I’m interested in using a multi-disciplinary approach that combines ecology and socio-economics for the better management of fisheries and conservation of marine ecosystems.
Sea snakes of Maharashtra
Gupta, T.; Santos, C.S.A.; Sotillo, A.; De Neve, L.; Stienen, E.W.M.; Müller, W.; Lens, L. Nutritional Stress Causes Heterogeneous Relationships with Multi-Trait FA in Lesser Black-Backed Gull Chicks: An Aviary Experiment. Symmetry 2016, 8, 133.