Department of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology

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Centre for Ocean and Island Studies was established in the year 2000 and was upgraded as a full-fledged Department of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology in 2004. This Department is spread in a sprawling campus of its own of 12.5 acres in Port Blair, the picturesque capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands. The Department has well equipped infrastructural facilities with laboratories and equipment for both the academics and research activities with extramural funding from UGC, DST and MoES. The Department location in Port Blair has close proximity with the marine environment with uniqueness of having distinct Coral, mangrove and Island ecosystems. Students who join the programs are trained well in depth in the field of Marine Biology. The mandate of the program is in exploring these ecosystems for their biological resources and developing strategies for sustainable management and conservation.

The Department offers both M.Sc. and Ph.D. Program in Marine Biology through Entrance Examination conduncted by the University at certain centres all over India. Students for the Masters program are admitted based on the rank obtained by them in the Entrance Exam and all students enrolled are offered a studentship of Rs. 1000 per month who put in 70% attendance. Students for the Ph.D program are admitted based on the rank obtained in the Entrance Exam and their performances in the Interview.

About Head of Department
Dr. R. Mohanraju
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I am a marine biologist with a Masters in Marine Biology & Oceanography from the pioneer Institute Centre of Advanced study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University followed with PhD from the same Institute with specialization in Marine Microbiology on Anaerobic bacteria. Got Trained in Anaerobic Microbiology in University of Iowa,Iowa followed by a summer program- Microbial Diversity from Woodshole Oceanography Institute Massachusetts with Dr Bernie Award. Have presented research papers in International Forum in California- USA , Mombasa -Kenya, Shibuoka -Japan. Have Oceanic research experience by participating in more than 6 Oceanic cruises and as Chief scientists in 14 coastal cruises. Senior Research Associate in major Research Programs like JGOFS , COMAPS . Have worked in CSIR Laboratory – National Institute of Oceanography for 2 years and have industrial research Experience as head of R& D laboratory for 6 years. Teaching experience of 17 years and awarded best teacher award 3 times. Delivered several invited lectures apart from attending many training programs. Guided 7 Doctorate students operated one research project and presently guiding 4 scholars. Published more than 57 research papers in peer reviewed journal. Organised the Regional Science Congress of Indian Science congress- Puducherry Chapter.Member of many scientific bodies.

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INFRASTRUCTUR FACILITIES The Department has modern laboratory facilities equipped with the following major Instruments in addition to other basic equipment for teaching and R & D activities in the arena of Marine Biology. • Automatic weather station. • BOD incubator • CHN analyzer • Current meter • Deep sea fluorometer • Ecosounder • GEL Electrophoresis • GELDOC • HPLC • Hydrolab • Microscopes with image analyser • Organic element analyser • Plankton nets & Flow meter • PCR • Rotary evaporator • TOC analyzer • SCUBA • UV spectrophotometer
• Taxonomy and barcoding of Marine Fishes • Coral reef environment monitoring and carbon sequestration • Coastal Biodiversity Assessment and their Conservation • Fishery Biology, Ecomorphology and Stock Assessment • Marine Bioactive Compounds and their characterization • Marine Microbial processes and marine natural products • Marine Benthic Ecology and Taxonomy • Marine micro-phyto benthos and their ecological relationship • Diversity and distribution of Plankton

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