I’ve been fascinated by the ocean and its vast mysteries from a very young age. Although I grew up in an Indian city that’s far away from the coast, I always looked for any excuses to be by the sea and explore its secrets. Combining this with an inclination for science and a passion for nature and wildlife, I decided to pursue a career in marine biology.
Soon after my masters, an internship on fisheries in the west coast of India exposed me to the real world of conservation. I realised that it’s not just about saving marine organisms but also about the lives of coastal communities interacting with and dependent upon the ocean. My interests then expanded to understanding some of these multidimensional problems and their solutions. While it can be challenging work, I do get to spend a lot of time in some beautiful areas of India’s coastline!
I’m interested in using interdisciplinary approaches to understand how conservation of highly threatened species like sharks and rays can be achieved in a fisheries-dependent nation like India where millions of people depend on the ocean for their food and livelihoods.
India is amongst the top three shark and ray fishing nations globally, yet conservation of these vulnerable species is hindered by a lack of information on their ecology and interaction with fisheries.
My PhD aims to explore sustainable management of shark and ray fisheries in India. I will first assess the characteristics and drivers of shark and ray fisheries across the country, and identify key sites and species for conservation.
I then plan to use interdisciplinary frameworks to explore measures for better conservation of these species and sustainable management of their fisheries.
Papers and reports:
Gupta, T., Booth, H., Arlidge, W., Rao, C., Manoharakrishnan, M., Namboothri, N., Shanker, K. and Milner-Gulland, E. 2020. Mitigation of elasmobranch bycatch in trawlers: A case study in Indian fisheries. Frontiers in Marine Science.
Gupta, T., Manuel, M., Muralidharan, M., Namboothri, N., Shanker, K. (2019). Conservation and livelihood Implications of trawler bycatch: towards improved management. Journal of Governance, 18, 55-63.
Rao, C., Muralidharan, M., Gupta, T., Dsouza, S., Shanker, K., & Namboothri, N. (2017). Effect of fishing practices on species assemblages of sea snakes off the Sindhudurg coast of Maharashtra, India. Technical report submitted to the Maharashtra Forest Department.
Gupta, T., Santos, C., Sotillo, A., De Neve, L., Stienen, E., Müller, W., & Lens, L. (2016). Nutritional Stress Causes Heterogeneous Relationships with Multi-Trait FA in Lesser Black-Backed Gull Chicks: An Aviary Experiment. Symmetry, 8(11), 133.
Posters (where, when and pdfs)
Presented at SCCS – Bangalore, 2018
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