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Anuradha Rao is a conservation biologist, writer and explorer based in Vancouver, BC.
Anu has a knack for presenting technical information to regular people.
She has produced many works about environmental and social topics for public audiences, as well as technical books and reports for specialized audiences. She is currently seeking publication of her first novel, inspired by her international work and study. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as Pathways Journal, Alternatives Journal, Women and Environments International Magazine, iAM Perspectives on Global Change and Briarpatch; newspapers such as The Telegram, St. John’s; and on the website of the Cetacean Sightings Network, Vancouver.



Atlas of the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area by the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area Initiative

ISBN 9781100187297 Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area Initiative 2011
Copy-edited, coordinated and co-authored by Anuradha Rao

This atlas was produced as a reference document containing maps and text in support of marine planning processes on the Pacific North Coast. This atlas was produced in collaboration with First Nation, provincial and federal governments.

Special Marine Areas in Newfoundland & Labrador: Areas of Interest in our Marine Backyards
Primary author: Anuradha Rao
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter 2009

The coastal and marine region around the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is home to a number of areas that are of particular interest from ecological, social or economic perspectives. This is the first document that has integrated the input of governments, academics, non-governmental organizations and community members, as well as data from academic, government and community literature to compile information on these areas. This document is expected to aid in increasing public understanding of important areas in the province, as well as any current or potential threats to these areas; assist with education and public awareness-raising efforts concerning coastal and ocean management; and be a resource to communities, organizations and government departments involved in coastal and ocean strategy development.

Coastal dispersal by pre-breeding African Black Oystercatchers Haematopus moquini, Rao, A.S., P.A.R. Hockey and W. Montevecchi. In review.
Eelgrass (Zostera marina) locations in Newfoundland & Labrador, Rao, A.S., R.S. Gregory, G. Murray, D.W. Ings, E.J. Coughlan and B.H. Newton. In press.  Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
BC Parks shoreline sensitivity to sea level rise model: user guide, Rao, A.S. In press. BC Ministry of Environment.
 How outdoor education changed my life, Rao, A. 2013. Pathways Journal. 25(3): 23-25.
Shoreline sensitivity to rising sea levels in British Columbia, Rao, A. and N. Wright. 2013. Pacific Estuarine Research Society 36th Annual Meeting, Delta, BC, April.
Being blue whale wise. Wild Whales: BC Cetacean Sightings Network, Rao, A. 2012. http://wildwhales.org/2012/02/from-the-field-sri-lankan-blue-whales/
Diary from Robson Bight. Wild Whales: BC Cetacean Sightings Network, Rao, A. 2011. http://wildwhales.org/2011/01/diary-from-robson-bight/
Food on the Rock., Rao, A. 2011.  Alternatives Journal 37(2): 16.
Lest the creek run dry, Rao, A.S. and D.Y. Agyeman. 2010.  Women and Environments International Magazine 82/83: 16-18.
From business suits to grassroots: making change can mean changing from within, Rao, A.S. 2010.  iAM Perspectives on Global Change – Ontario Council for International Cooperation 1(1): 4-7. www.bit.ly/iAM-Vol1
Too much plastic Rao, A. 2010.  Wild Whales: BC Cetacean Sightings Network. http://wildwhales.org/?p=915

Songs of the ocean, Rao, A. and C. Birdsall. 2009. Wild Whales: BC Cetacean Sightings Network. http://wildwhales.org/?p=584

Ship strikes threaten fin whales, Rao, A. 2009. Wild Whales: BC Cetacean Sightings Network. http://wildwhales.org/?p=341
Shopping bags and sea turtles, Rao, A. 2009. Wild Whales: BC Cetacean Sightings Network. http://wildwhales.org/?p=325
Six big ways to work for a smaller world: #3, Rao, A. 2009.  Work or volunteer for a conservation initiative. Briarpatch 38(4): 32-33. http://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/six-big-ways-to-work-for-a-smaller-world
Special marine areas in Newfoundland and Labrador: areas of interest in our marine backyards,Rao, A., Outhouse, L.-A. and D. Gregory. 2009.  Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society: St. John’s, NL. http://cpaws.org/uploads/pubs/report_nlmarineguide.pdf
How clean is your garden soil?, Rao, A. 2008.  Sounds Like Canada. CBC Radio. 9 September.
 Coastal conservation and restoration for human security, Rao, A.S. 2008.. Paper and presentation for Coastal Zone Canada Conference, Vancouver, May 2008.
Coastal community resilience – lessons from Ghana, West Africa, Rao, A.S. 2008.  Paper and presentation for Coastal Zone Canada Conference, Vancouver, May 2008.
Sand sentries, Rao, A. 2008.  The Telegram (St. John’s). 26 January. http://www.thetelegram.com/Arts—Life/Motoring/2008-01-26/article-1444853/Sand-sentries/1
Eelgrass conservation for disaster prevention, Rao, A.S. 2007. The Osprey 38(4): 105-109. http://collections.mun.ca/PDFs/osprey/V38-04-2007.pdf
What Makes a Project Work? A comparison of two mangrove restoration projects in Ada, Ghana, Rao, A.S. 2007. Mangrove Action Project News, 188th ed., 19 August. http://mangroveactionproject.org/news/the-map-news/mapnews188/
Restoration Success Stories from Ghana, Rao, A.S. 2007.  Mangrove Action Project News, 187th ed., 23 July. http://mangroveactionproject.org/news/the-map-news/mapnews187#africa
Are you a Newfoundlander? Rao, A. 2007.  The Telegram (St. John’s). 31 January, p.B1.
Rao, A. 2007. Help us map Newfoundland eelgrass. Sierra Club of Canada Atlantic Canada Chapter, Northeast Avalon Group Newsletter 1(Fall): 2.
The importance of being eelgrass, Rao, A. 2006. The Telegram (St. John’s). 9 September, p. B1.
 From corner to corner: shorebird lessons, Rao, A.S. 2005. The Osprey 36(3): 60-61.
Nos voix sages, solidaires en jeunes âges: Young and wise, united we rise, Rao, A. 2001. TransCanada Free Press. October.
Sierra Leone: Why should we care? Rao, A. 2000.  Commentary (National). CBC Radio. 30 May.
Seeing with one’s own eyes: The truth about Burnt Church, Rao, A. 2000. Shunpiking 5(36). http://www.shunpiking.com/ol0109/burntchurch.htm
Taking the extra step: Research methods for assessing the social implications of an MPA management plan, Rao, A.S., and M.J. Risk. 1999.  Indonesian Journal of Coastal and Marine Resources (Jurnal Pesisir dan Lautan) 2(3): 1-7.
Life and death in Togo, Rao, A. 1999. in World Voices. Har du 2 sekunder? Oslo: Akribe.

 I know. I was there, Anuradha. 1999. Youth Action Forum Autumn: 15-17.
. Policies for the development of sustainable campuses: SYC resource package, Rao, A., Herbert, Y., Qualman, S., Lindsay, H. and S. O’Keefe. 1999. A. Rao, ed. Sierra Youth Coalition: Ottawa, 61pp.
(French version also available)
Ecosummit ’99: Air pollution and human health, Rao, A. 1999. Sierra Youth Coalition Ontario/Québec Activist Zine, Summer: 32-36.
Canada country report, Clarke, A. and A. Rao. 1999. Oral presentation given at Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities conference, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, May 30 – June 2, 1999.
Parks and people in Indonesia: Karimunjawa National Marine Park, Rao, A.S., Browne, D.R., Edinger, E.N., Azhar, I., Kusuma, H., Risk, M.J. 1998.  Poster presentation given at the Coastal Zone Canada ’98 International Conference, Victoria, BC, August 30 – September 3, 1998.
Coral reef conservation and coral biodiversity in Central Java, Indonesia, Edinger, E.N., Azhar, I., Rao, A., Bachtiar, T., Risk, M.J. 1997. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual meeting, Boston, MA, January 1998. American Zoologist 37(5): 166A.


Kopecky, A. and Sawh, N., eds. 2012. Field diplomats: foreign policy notes from the Gordon Global Fellows. Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation: Toronto. http://gordonfoundation.ca/publication/502
PNCIMA Initiative. 2011. Atlas of the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area. Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area Initiative, British Columbia. 140pp. http://pncima.org/site/atlas.html (A.Rao: Coordinator, Editor, Co-author)
Rao, A. Peoples in peril: Mishta-shipu and the Innu. Submission to G. Addison. 2001. White Water – The World’s Wildest Rivers. Struik: Cape Town.
Rao, A. Environmental concerns in the South: Everyone’s business. Submission to Canadian Crossroads International. 2000. Reorientation program training module: The causes and consequences of underdevelopment – what can I do? Canadian Crossroads International: Toronto.


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