The Thing About Softshell Turtles

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Ayushi Jain is a National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellow focusing on the endangered Cantor’s giant softshell turtle, which is part of the work she first began during her master’s research. Her primary research interests lie in community ecology, behavioural ecology, and evolution of various morphological and physiological traits in reptiles. Ayushi’s project aims to collect baseline ecological data for Cantor’s giant softshell turtle and its habitat at locations in three South Indian states, and to use this data to develop a Conservation Action Plan for the species.