Kartik was inspired to a career in ecology by an ancient reptile, a sea turtle that crawled ashore late one night in Madras. As faculty at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, he works on the ecology and evolution of frogs, reptiles, birds, and marine fauna. He conducts long term research on sea turtles along the Indian coast. Kartik is a founding trustee of Dakshin Foundation and a founding editor of the magazine, Current Conservation. He is the author of the book From Soup to Superstar, a historical account of sea turtle conservation in India and of several children’s stories including Turtle Story, The Adventures of Philautus Frog, Moonlight in the Sea, and Lori’s Magical Mystery.