Vardhan Patankar

Research Scholar, Oceans and Coasts

Ph.D.

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.

Projects

Publications

Popular Article

2017

Lost in the eyes of a Crocodile fish

Journal Article

2017

Latitude and live coral cover independently affect butterflyfish & angelfish  community distribution in the Andaman & Nicobar archipelago, India

Popular Article

2017

The Stars of the Sea

Popular Article

2017

The Crocodile Story

Popular Article

2017

Camping at Jahaji

Popular Article

2016

Attacks in the Andamans

Popular Article

2016

Living with change: local responses to global impacts

Journal Article

2016

For traditional island communities in the Nicobar archipelago, complete no-go areas are the most effective form of marine managementFor traditional island communities, no-go areas are the most effective form of management

Popular Article

2015

Marine Meadows – Following The Feeding Trail Of The Dugong

Journal Article

2015

Erosion of Traditional Marine Management Systems in the Face of Disturbances in the Nicobar Archipelago

Popular Article

2015

A day to celebrate the dugong-a story of their conservation

Journal Article

2015

Synchronous Spawning of the Sea CucumberHolothuria (Lessonothuria) pardalisSelenka, 1867 in the Andaman Archipelago, India

Journal Article

2015

Seagrass Herbivory Levels Sustain Site-Fidelity in a Remnant Dugong PopulationSeagrass Herbivory Levels Sustain Site- Fidelity in a Remnant Dugong Population

Popular Article

2015

How I wish I was a fish!

Popular Article

2015

Jewels of the seabed

Popular Article

2014

Mermaid's second life

Popular Article

2014

The Constant Gardner

Popular Article

2014

Fancy sea fan

Journal Article

2013

Long-Term occupancy trends in a data-poor dugong population in the Andaman and Nicobar Archipelago

Book Chapter

2013

Dugongs in Asia. In Sirenian conservation: Issues and strategies in developing countries.

Popular Article

2013

A day in the life of a butterfly fish

Newsletter

2013

Where have all the dugongs gone? A study on long-term occupancy trends in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, India,

Newsletter

2013

Protecting the dugong: Better late than never

Popular Article

2013

Securing Habitat of Nemo

Journal Article

2012

Distance-related thresholds and influence of the 2004 tsunami on damage and recovery patterns of coral reefs in the Nicobar Islands

Journal Article

2012

Conservation needs of the Coconut Crab (Birgus latro) on the Nicobar Islands, India

Popular Article

2012

No mermaid fairytale

Popular Article

2012

A thousand leopards in the Sea

Popular Article

2012

Expedition North Andaman

Popular Article

2012

The fading of an invisible map

Popular Article

2012

Dugongs, mermaids of the sea

Popular Article

2010

My burrow the center of my life

Book Chapter

2010

Status of Dugong dugon (Muller) in Andaman and Nicobar islands based on past records and traditional hunting by indigenous tribes

Popular Article

2009

In troubled waters

Newsletter

2009

The future of the dugongs in the Indian sub-continent

Journal Article

2009

First underwater sighting and preliminary behavioural observations of Dugongs(Dugong dugon) in the wild from Indian waters, Andaman Islands.

Popular Article

2008

Out of the Blue

Journal Article

2007

First Post-tsunami Sighting of the Coconut Crab in the Nicobar Islands