Dr. Vardhan Patankar

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Vardhan has been associated with the WCS – India since 2015. For the past few years, he has worked (alongside colleagues) on a range of basic and applied studies in marine systems. These include studies on understanding the role of local institutions in governing resource use, socio-ecological resilience, illegal marine trade, coconut crabs, marine mammals, interactions between dugongs and sea-grass meadows, amongst others. For his doctoral research, he evaluated the impacts of the tsunami on the coral reef communities and marine resource utilisation in the Nicobar archipelago. Vardhan has received awards and grants from multiple institutions including the National Geographic Foundation, Research Fellowship Program of Wildlife Conservation Society. He has also been awarded the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology INSPIRE Faculty Award.

His broad research interests are in understanding animal behaviour, species interactions, socio-ecological resilience, and ecosystem level processes in marine environments. He has strong interests in coral reef ecology, reef fish communities and community dynamics of the marine ecosystem and the role that local community institutions play in regulating marine resource use, and if these institutions can be co-opted in cooperative conservation efforts. Currently, he is focusing on (1) documenting patterns and processes of reef ecosystem (2) describing on-going shifts on reef ecosystems caused due to the impact of humans and climate change.

Vardhan also writes popular science articles for newspapers, magazines and blogs. To know more about his work, please visit:



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