Research Scholar, Oceans and Coasts
For the past few years, I have 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, interactions between dugongs and sea-grass meadows, amongst others. For my doctoral research I evaluated impact of tsunami on the coral reef communities and marine resource utilisation in the Nicobar archipelago.
My broad research interests are in understanding animal behaviour, species interactions, socio-ecological resilience, and ecosystem level processes in marine environments. In the future, I plan to continue studying coral reefs, dugongs, dolphins, coconut crabs and socio-ecological systems in marine environment.
Vardhan continues to work actively in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and is currently pursuing a post-doctoral programme with WCS India.