Kartik Shanker is an ecologist and a writer. He has done extensive research on olive ridleys, leatherbacks and other sea turtles. He is the author of From Soup to Superstar, a history of sea turtle conservation in India. With his students, he studies the ecology of fish, frogs, snakes, birds and plants. He has written two books for children, Turtle Story and The Adventures of Philautus Frog. He loves hanging out on islands, where he is either looking for turtles or diving off reefs with his family, which includes Meera the tree-frog-like Vishak and their two tree-deprived cats.