Dr. Deepak Apte

Updated: 03.08.2015


Mumbai India


Director BNHS 2015

Dr. Deepak Apte is at present the Director of the Bombay Natural History Society. He has a doctorate degree in Marine Ecology. He also acquired post graduate certificates programme at AIT, Bangkok and Duke University, USA. For over 30 years he has been exploring marine life at various parts of Indian coast. Deepak has authored 4 books, 45 peer reviewed publications in the prestigious journals like Nature, Evolution, Systematic and Biodiversity and JMBA (UK) and several popular articles. Deepak is the member of Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board Animal Committee and Executive Committee member of CBD NGO Alliance and UNDP-GOI East Godavari Programme. At present he is heading number of research and conservation programmes in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar and central India.

In 2008, Deepak received prestigious Whitley Award given by the Shears Foundation for his work of establishing community managed marine protected area and saving Giant Clams in Lakshadweep. Recently he received Whitley Continuation Award to do research and conservation of giant clams in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is a Fellow of the Smithsonian Environmental Leadership Programme, LEAD-India, International Visitors Programme, USA and Duke University Marine Programme. Well travelled to over 50 countries, he has undergone extensive training on sustainable development. Deepak is an excellent underwater photographer and Advance Open Water PADI diver with more than 5000 hours of dive log. He aims to popularize marine biodiversity through research, field expeditions, publication of books. Established full fledge Marine Conservation Programme in BNHS.


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