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Director - Bombay Natural History Society

Fellowship and Awards:

1. Department of Ocean Development, Government of India

2. Whitley Conservation Award by Shears Foundation in 2008 & 2013 for outstanding work in marine protected areas in Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar, India.

3. Post Graduate in Integrated Coastal Zone Management at AIT, Thailand

4.Post Graduate in Marine Ecology and Policy at Duke University, USA


M.Sc (By Research) - Zoology

PhD - Marine Ecology (Populaton ecology of Giant Clam Tridacna maxima in Lakshadweep)

Guide: PhD- Zoology, University of Mumbai


1. Member - National Board for Wild Life, MoEFCC, Government of India

2. Chairman - Environmental Appraisal Committee for Infrastructure, CRZ and other miscellaneous projects, MoEFCC, Government of India

3. Member - Forest Advisory Committee, MoEFCC, Government of India

4. Member - Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board

5. Member - Executive Committee - CAMPA (Maharashtra State)

6. Member – Wetlands Committee (Maharashtra State)

7. Member - National Vulture Recovery Programme, MoEFCC Government of India

8. Member - Executive Board - Mangrove Foundation, Maharashtra

9. Member -Executive Board -East Godavari Riverine Estuarine Ecosystem (EGREE) Foundation

10. Member - State Wildlife Advisory Boards: Maharashtra, Haryana, Andaman and Nicobar, Madhya     Pradesh

11. Trustee - Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

12. Executive Committee Member – SACON

13. Member - Bird Control Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India


1. Executive Committee Member for CBD NGO Alliance Board for COP 11-12-13
2. Task Force – Tuna Fisheries Commission, Lakshadweep Administration
3. Task Force – Marine Biodiversity Conservation, MoEFCC, GoI

International Fellowships

1. Fellow LEAD India Cohort 9
2. Fellow Duke University, USA
3. Fellow Smithsonian Institution, USA

4. Whitley Conservation Award: Continuation grant in 2013


Research Experience: 25 years
Working at the Bombay Natural History Society since January 1993
Present Designation: Director
Research, Conservation action and advocacy

Established full fledge Marine Conservation Programme in BNHS.

Climate Change, Himalaya an Threatened Species

Wetlands Programme

Bird Migration - Pan India Programme

Research Projects ongoing / completed as Principal Scientist

  1. Monitoring and mitigating the impacts of Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link on Flamingos and other avifauna and formulating a conservation blueprint for the Sewri–Nhava seascape (MMRDA, 2017-2027)
  2. Mapping migratory flyways of India (2017-2027), Government of India.
  3. Developing ecological grid as Decision Support System for Government of Maharashtra. (Govt. of Maharashtra, 2017-2019).
  4. Himalaya, Climate Change and Threatened species (Sulzer, Oracle, ICICI Bank) 2016-2026
  5. Conservation of Key wetlands on the Central Asian Flyway (2016-2026).
  6. Endangered Species Programme (Vulture, Great Indian Bustard, Bengal Florican, Lesser Florican, Indian Skimmer, Finn’s Weaver, Green Munia) 2016-2026 funded by several agencies and MoEFCC, GoI
  7. Giant Clam re-introduction programme in Nicobar (GoI, Sulzer)
  8. Identifying Ecologically and Biologically Significant Marine and Coastal Areas (EBSAs) along the coast of Maharashtra (British Gas) (2015-2017)
  9. Flamingo and Mangrove Conservation in Mumbai by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) (2013-2018)
  10. Population ecology of  Tridacna squamosa in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep funded by Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), GoI (2016-2026)
  11. Population ecology of Tridacna maxima funded by Whitley Funds for Nature (2004-till date)
  12. Conservation and Sustainable Management of Existing and Potential Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in India: Ansure. Funded by GIZ (2014-2015)
  13. Assessment of Cumulative Impact of coastal development on coastal and inter-tidal ecology of coastal Konkan. (Ongoing since 2013)
  14. Biodiversity Conservation Plan for Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant (funded by NPCIL and as directed by Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), GoI. (2012-2014)
  15. All India Coordinated Project on Taxonomy-Mollusca: Funded by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. (2000-2010)
  16. Establishment of Marine Protected Areas network in Lakshadweep Archipelago by Whitley Fund for Nature, UK (2004-2008)
  17. Marine biodiversity hotspot prioritization along Maharashtra coast (through SANCF)
  18. Taxonomy of Opisthobranchs along Indian coast (Ongoing since 2004)
  19. Establishment of Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Protocols supported by Tata Power (Completed)
  20. Conserving Tridacna maxima through establishment of a Community Reserve in the Lakshadweep Archipelago supported by Darwin Initiative, Government of United Kingdom (Completed)

Conservation Projects ongoing / completed as Principal Scientist

a) Satpuda Landscape Tiger Project (SLTP) (BornFree and WidlCru of Oxford Univ)

b) Mangrove Restoration and Education Project in Gujarat and Maharashtra (ONGC)

c) Mangrove Restoration, Education and Flamingo Migration in Sewri, Mumbai (MbPT)

d) Mangrove Restoration for Tata Power

e) Sea Turtle minitoring in Gulf of Kutch, Gujarat (MNP Trust)

f) City Forests

g) BNHS Green Governance Programme (ICICI Bank)

h) BNHS Armed Forces Cell

EIA studies ongoing / Completed as Principal Scientist

a) Mangrove habitat management and restoration for Tata Power

b) Impact of Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL) on sea turtle nesting in Bhuj (Ongoing)

c) Social and Ecological viability of Human River Project in Central India

d) Tata Power Transmission line EIA at Mumbai (Phase 1-4 completed. Phase 5 ongoing)

e) Welspun Maxsteel Biodiversity Conservation Plan at Salav (Completed)

f) NHAI Kaziranga Highway widening project (Completed)

g) Tata Power Transmission lines EIA at Mumbai (Completed)

h) Biodiversity management Plan for Karnala Bird Sanctuary (2015-16)

Editor: Defending Wild India and Green Governance Newsletter


Developed seven documentaries on various projects:

1) Our Island

2) Project Mangrove

3) Project Giant Clam

4) 125 years of BNHS

5) Diminishing Resources

6) Coral Reef Promo

7) Coastal Plateaus

8) Gurdians of the Mountains

Coordinator for Distance Learning Courses

Course in Marine Biodiversity Conservation

Course in Ornithology

Books published

  1. APTE, D.A. (2017). Field Guide to the Sea Slugs of India. Published by Bombay Natural History Society. Pp 454.
  2. APTE, D.A. (2014). Sea Shells of India: An Illustrated Guide to Common Gastropods. Published by BNHS and Oxford University Press. Pp 225.
  3. APTE, D.A. (2012). Field Guide to the Marine Life of India. Pp 502 illustrating 1200 species in colour published by Animesh Apte. ISBN: 978-93-5067-144-3.
  4. APTE, D.A. (2014). Giant Clam Tridacna maxima from Lakshadweep Archipelago, India: Understanding Population Ecology. Published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. ISBN 978-3-659-52156-0. pp309.
  5. APTE, D.A. (1998). Book of Indian Shells published by Bombay Natural History Society, pp 191 with 15 coloured pates illustrating 313 species.

Technical Monographs Peer Reviewed/ Technical Reviewer

a) Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) 2008 Node Summary– South Asia for IUCN

b) Marine Protected Areas (MCPA) Tool Kit for managers. Peer Reviewed for IUCN
c) Invited reviewer for journal Tropical Ecology, Systematic and Biodiversity, ZooTaxa and Journal of Bombay Natural History Society

International Guest Lectures

1. Cambridge University, UK: Marine Protected Areas: Indian Scenario

2. Oxford University, UK: Conservation Challenges in globalized India
3. Smithsonian Institution, USA: Marine Conservation in India
4. Imperial Collage, UK: Sustainable development challenges in India
5. Duke University, USA: Trans-boundary Marine Protected Areas

International experience

Conferences, Training programmes and seminars attended


  1. USA from 4th to 9th September 2000: Virginia Tech University, USA to study taxonomical aspects of Clathrus delicatus.
  2. USA from 10th to 23rd September 2000: Smithsonian Environmental Leadership Programme.
  3. Pakistan from 19th Feb to 5th March 2001: International session of LEAD India fellowship. The theme of the session was Sustainable Development: A Challenge for Governance and Resource Management
  4. Japan, Okinawa from 24th Feb to 7th March 2002: midterm session of LEAD-India fellowship. The theme of the session was GIS and Field Survey: Monitoring Natural Environment.
  5. Mexico from 24th Oct to 4th November 2002: Graduation session of LEAD-India fellowship. The theme of the session was Our Future With(out) Water?: The Sustainable Management of Common Pool Resources.
  6. The Netherlands: from 5th to 7th November for meeting at Ministry of Environment and Town Planning
  7. USA from 31st July – 24th August 2001: International Visitors Programme 2001-2002 on Global Environmental Issues (sponsored by Department of States, USA).
  8. UK from 26th August to 1st September 2001: Visit to National Museum of Natural History at London to study Taxonomy of Molluscs and RSPB to study EE and role of nature reserve in EE.
  9. South Africa from 5th September to 22nd September 2003: Invited to attend 5th World Park Congress held in Durban. I made presentation on role of coastal communities in conservation.
  10. UK from 1st October to 18th October 2003: Member, core group of LEAD-International on Ecosystem and Poverty.
  11. USA from 28th June – 5th August 2004: Awarded Global Fellowship in Marine Biodiversity Conservation by Duke University, North Carolina.
  12. USA from 22nd to 26th April 2005: Was invited by John Hopkins University and NOAA as a member of panel on their conference on Marine Biodiversity: Past present and Future.
  13. Australia from 17th to 30th October 2005: Presented a paper on ‘Marine Resources and Sustainable Livelihood: Role of MPA’s in Livelihood Security’ at the first Marine Parks Congress.
  14. UK from 2nd July to 30th July 2007: Project Giant Clam review meetings.
  15. Belgium from 14th July to 21st July 2007: World Malacological Congress.
  16. USA from 30th July to 10th August 2007: Visit to Smithsonian Institute for Project Giant Clam project review.
  17. Mexico from 11th to 24th August 2007: Visit to Marine Protected Areas to study management practices.
  18. Sri Lanka from 15th to 20th January 2007: South Asian Reef Resilience Workshop at Bentota
  19. UK from 13 to 23rd May 2008: Whitley Conservation Award
  20. UK from 11th to 19th May 2009: Research visit to NHM for the preparation of encyclopedia of sea shells of India
  21. USA from 20th to 29th May 2009: 2nd World Marine Protected Areas Congress and research visit to Smithsonian Institution for the preparation of encyclopedia of sea shells of India
  22. Thailand from 14th to 24th July 2010: World Malacology Congress. Presented paper on review of Opisthobranch fauna of India’.
  23. Canada, Victoria B.C.: 12th – 18th May 2011. International Marine Conservation Congress
  24. UK from 19th to 26th May 2011. SLTP Review at Oxford and BornFree
  25. Thailand, AIT from 1st Sept to 9th Oct 2011: Post graduate diploma in Integrated Coastal Zone Management sponsored by IUCN and MoEF, GoI
  26. Thailand, AIT from 20 to 27th Feb 2012: Visiting faculty for post graduate course in Integrated Coastal Zone Management sponsored by IUCN and MoEF, GoI
  27. Germany from 25th Oct to 1st Nov 2013: As core team member of GIZ- Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), GoI Marine Conservation Programme
  28. UK from 2nd Nov-11th Nov 2013: Meetings with project partners at RSPB, Whitley Fund for Nature, World Land Trust and LEAD International.
  29. UK from 13th Oct to 19th Oct 2014: Meetings with RSPB, BirdLife, World Land Trust, Whitley Fund
  30. USA from 20th Oct to 29th Oct 2014: Smithsonian Institution for mollusca taxonomy related work
  31. Australia, Sydney 11-25th November 2014: World Conservation Congress.
  32. Sri Lanka 22-27th March 2015: CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-East Indian Ocean region
  33. Singapore 9-11 July 2015: Celebrating nature across Asia. BirdLife International (Asia) meeting.
  34. Bangkok, Thailand 8-12 August 2015: Asia Regional Conservation Forum - Resilience in Action
  35. UK from 1st-12th October 2015: Visit to RSPB, Whitley Fund for Nature, BirdLife International, Oxford-WildCru for project review meetings.
  36. Hawaii, USA from 31st August to 10 Sept 2016: IUCN World Conservation Congress.
  37. UK from 11 Sept to 16th Sept: Meetings at BirdLife and RSPB
  38. Yuketan, Mexico from 3rd December to 16th December 2016: CBD COP 13. Presentation on EBSAs.
  39. UK from 6th to 17 February 2017: Meetings at RSPB and BirdLife for Policy Cell.



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