I joined the Policy and Ecosystem Restoration in Fisheries (PERF) research unit at the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) in September 2014. My research intends to understand how cultural differences, settlement history and involvement in fishing 1) affect the values that communities ascribe to marine resources, 2) influence resource sustainability, and 3) impact vulnerability of social-ecological systems to globalization and commoditization. Before starting my PhD, I worked at a not-for-profit private research organization, Dakshin Foundation, India, between 2011 and 2014. While at Dakshin, I co-authored policy briefs concerning the management of apex predator fisheries in India and studied the grouper fishery of the Andaman Islands in India.

Degree(s) Held

Second year PhD student in the Resource Management and and Environmental Studies (RMES) programme, with a specialization in the Fisheries stream.

Master of Research (MRes) Marine and Freshwater Ecology and Environmental Management from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Master of Science (MSc) Oceanography and Fisheries Science from the University of Mumbai, India.

Bachelore of Science (BSc) Zoology and Botany (Honours) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India

Thesis Topic

The effect of differing cultural and historical origins on the valuation of fish resources and marine ecosystems by fishing communities

Supervisor(s) Name(s)
Dr. Tony Pitcher and Dr. Mimi Lam
Research Funding and Partners

Journal Articles

Jaini M., Advani S., Shanker K., Oommen M.A., Namboothri N.N. 2017. History, culture, infrastructure and export markets shape fisheries and reef accessibility in India’s contrasting oceanic islands. Environmental Conservation. Doi: 10.1017/S037689291700042X

Advani S., Rix L., Aherne D., El Alwany M., Bailey D. 2015. Distance from a fishing community explains fish abundance in a no-take zone with weak compliance. Plos One. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126098

Katwate U., Raut R., Advani S. 2012. An overview of fresh water fish fauna of Raigad district with special references to their threat status. Journal of Threatened Taxa 4(5):2569-2577.


Advani S. A fish called Dollar: commoditization and changing economic value of fish in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. MARE 2017: International Conference on People and the Sea, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 5-7 July 2017.

Advani S. Distant origins, proximate markets: A comparison of two fishing communities from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. MARE 2015: International Conference on People and the Sea, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 24-26 June 2015.

Advani S. Gastropods to Groupers – a history of fisheries from 1950 to the present day in Wandoor, South Andaman. International Conference on Small-Scale Fisheries Governance, Hyderabad, India. 12 December 2013.

Advani S., Sridhar A., Namboothri N., Chandi M. and Oommen M.A. 2013. Emergence and transformation of marine fisheries in the Andaman Islands. Report. Dakshin Foundation and Andaman and Nicobar Island’s Environmental Team. 50pp.

Advani S., Jaini M., Oommen M.A. and Sridhar A. 2012. Taking it from the top: Managing apex predator fisheries in India. Position Paper for CBD-COP 11. Dakshin Foundation, Bengaluru and Foundation for Ecological Security, Anand.

Advani S., Khan T., Mallapur G., Namboothri N., Sridhar A., and Stevenson C. 2012. Collaborating for marine conservation and resource management in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Workshop Report. Andaman and Nicobar Island’s Environmental Team and Dakshin Foundation