Oceans and Coasts

We work in India's oceanic islands and coasts with a broad mandate to understand the basic ecology and behaviour of these systems, how human communities interact with them, and the impact of disturbances — both regional and global — on this relationship.

Coral reef responses to global change

As coral reefs across the tropics succumb to increasingly frequent ocean warming events in the wake of global climate change, documenting the consequences of these events on reef communities and their ability to resist and recover from them becomes critical. Our investigations in the Lakshadweep Archipelago and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands attempt to understand the factors that confer resilience on these systems

Conflict and cooperation in the sea

Tropical coastlines are home to the highest density of people anywhere and they depend heavily on resources these waters provide. It is not unusual then that human communities interact with wild marine species

Species ecology and conservation

Understanding the basic biology and ecology necessary for their conservation and rational management

Programme Funding

  • Pew Marine Fellows
  • The Department of Environment and Forests, Port Blair
  • The Rufford Foundation
  • UNDP