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Mr Tarshish Thekaekara

Tarshish Thekaekara

Profile summary

  • PHD Student
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Geography
  • tarshish.thekaekara

Professional biography

I'm a part time PhD student, and spend the rest of my time as a conservation practitioner working at the interface of people and wildlife in the Nilgiris, South India at The Shola Trust, an NGO I co-founded in 2008. I've worked as a consultant for WWF-India, Greenpeace India, and BBC Radio 4, as a maths and science teacher at a school for indigenous/tribal children, and as a technical writer for SAP Labs India.


MSc, Biodiversity Conservation and Management, University of Oxford, 2010, Distinction.
BSc, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics, St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, University of Bangalore, 2006, First Class.

Professional affiliations

Director, The Shola Trust.
Research Scholar, Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore, India.
Visiting Student, Centre for Ecological Sciences, The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with the Institute of British Geographers (IBG).
Organising Committee, The Student Conference on Conservation Science, Bangalore.

Research interests

I'm interested in invasive plants, Lantana camara in particular, how they spread through time and space, and how local communities adapt to these changes.

I also work on a range of issues relating to the human-wildlife interface, particularly on how people and elephants share space.