Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Gobardhan Sahoo is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Pondicherry University, India since January 2022. Prior to that, he was working as a Project Scientist at Coastal and Marine Division in the Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, India. In 2009, he completed his M.Sc. in Marine Biology from Pondicherry University, India. Later in 2018, he obtained Ph.D. in Science from CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) under the aegis of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), India. He received the best Ph.D. thesis award (Geeta Mukhopadhaya award) at CSIR-NIO in 2020 for his notable contributions in the elucidation of biochemical signaling mechanism in the larvae of fouling organism Balanus amphitrite. Back in 2016, he also received ICBAB Silver medal for best student paper for 2015-2016 at CSIR-NIO. Soon after his Ph.D. in 2018, he bagged the prestigious Potdoctorate Fellowship (PBC Fellowship) awarded by Government of Israel and worked at University of Haifa in Israel as a Postdoctorate Researcher from 2019-2021. Besides, he has distinction of clearing CSIR-NET (LS and JRF) examination 3 times in Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences and one time UGC-NET (Assistant Professorship) in Environmental Sciences. He has 8 years of research experience on mangrove-associated biodiversity, meiofaunal ecology, phytoplankton ecology, biofouling and ecology of oligotrophic bacteria. He has published 10 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and 3 popular scientific articles to his credit. Besides, he has participated in 3 national conferences and has sea-going experience in Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea for on-board operation of oceanographic instruments and biological sampling.