Miss Elina Apine
Profiles

Miss Elina Apine

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Role

PhD Student

Project title: How suitable is the mud crab Scylla serrata as a sustainable livelihood resource in south west India?

Qualifications

MSc. in Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden (2016)

BSc. in Biology, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia (2012)

Professional membership

Marine Biological Association of the UK

Society for Experimental Biology

Research interests

In some areas the giant mud crab Scylla serrata is an important sustainable livelihood resource. However, while coastal communities in some states of India such as Kerala and Andhra Pradesh are extensively involved in mud crab collection as well as small- and medium-scale farming, in Karnataka it is far from exploiting the economic potential. 

Socio-economic constraints e.g. lack of knowledge, training, and access to land together with gaps in knowledge about mud crab biology are recognised as the main reasons for this disparity.
Supervised by Dr Lucy Turner, Dr Lynda Rodwell, Dr Ramachandra Bhatta, Dr Indrani Karunasagar and Dr Anna Godhe, I am to assess the suitability of the mud crab Scylla serrata as a sustainable livelihood resource in south west India using an interdisciplinary social-natural science approach. 

Grants & contracts

Carl R. Sullivan travel award of the International Fisheries Section of the American Fisheries Society