ANET was set up to be a center for island ecology, to promote and facilitate fundamental research in the biological and social sciences. We believe by enriching our knowledge of the islands through research informing and influencing conservation of its unique heritage and natural resources is possible. With an initial focus on herpetology by researchers from the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, ANET has been used by a host of researchers from various disciplines and institutions toward facilitating their research and stay while in the islands.

We highlight some research and work undertaken by researchers from ANET and other institutions utilizing ANET to facilitate part of their field research while in the islands.

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INVASIVE SPECIES

Elephants (Elephas maximus) were brought over to the Andaman Islands for forestry operations, deer (Axis axis, Rusa unicolor, Muntiacusmuntjak, Axis porcinus) for sport hunting, tadpoles of bullfrogs(Hoplobatrachustigerinus) entered the Islands with juvenile fish imported from the mainland as it is often hard to differentiate between the two.

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CORAL REEFS

Coral reefs can either be resistant, resilient or susceptible. Dr. Vardhan Patankar, a DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow, affiliated with Centre for Wildlife Studies, is currently assessing reef resilience in the Andaman Islands to identify factors which help in reef resilience.

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Training and research

Senior researcher, Satish Bhaskar, trained A & N Forest Department personnel to monitor nesting sea turtles and protection of nesting beaches. ANET was appointed by the Department to formulate an action plan for long term conservation and management programs for the endangered sea turtles, their seagrass feeding grounds and nesting beaches. As a direct result, several islands with nesting beaches were added to the Sea turtle conservation network.

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