Research Interests

Trained as a wildlife biologist and geographer I work on marine fisheries, ecosystems and threatened species. I currently consult on sustainable marine fisheries with the Bay of Bengal Intergovernmental Organization, under the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. I also setup InSeason Fish, a sustainable seafood initiative that supports fishermen in saving our oceans.

 Scientific Publications

Karnad, D. (2017). The persistence of the Striped hyena Hyaena hyaena Linnaeus, 1758 (Mammalia: Carnivora: Hyaenidae) as a predator of Olive ridley sea turtle Lepidochelys olivacea Eschscholtz, 1829 (Reptilia: Testudines: Cheloniidae) eggs. Journal of Threatened Taxa 9(12): 11100–11102

Karnad, D. (2017). Navigating customary law and state fishing legislation to create effective fisheries governance in India. Marine Policy 86: 241-246

Karnad, D. (2017). Managing fisheries from a migrant perspective. Seminar 690: 35-40

Karnad, D., Gangal, M.S., Karanth, K.K. (2014) Perceptions matter: How fishermen’s perceptions affect trends of sustainability in Indian fisheries. Oryx 48(2): 218-227

Karnad, D., Krishnadas, M., & Nair, T. (2013). Budgeting for Nature. Economic & Political Weekly, 48(25), 23

Krishnadas, M., Nair, T., Karnad, D. (2013). Highlighting conservation in the equality debate: a comment on Bawa et al. Conservation Biology 27 (2):422-424

Goswami,  V. R.,  Vasudev, D., Karnad, D., et al. (2013).  Conflict of human wildlife co-existence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1215758110

Krishna, Y.C., Karnad, D. (2010) New records of the Nilgiri Marten in Western Ghats. Small Carnivore Conservation 43: 23–27

Karnad, D., Isvaran, K., Kar, C.S., Shanker, K. (2009) Lighting the way: Towards reducing misorientation of olive ridley hatchlings due to artificial light at Rushikulya, India. Biological Conservation 142(10): 2083 – 2088

Media Publications

In the news

New York City Radio


Martinez News Gazette

Times of India

The New Indian Express

The Indian Express

The Goan

Navhind Times



Email: divya.karnad (at) rutgers.edu