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Role:Principal Scientist & Head-in-Charge, FEMD
Focus of Research:
  • Ecosystem Services and Critical Habitats
  • Climate change and fisheries
  • Bivalve mariculture

Joined Indian Council of Agricultural Research-CMFRI   in 1986 and is  the Head of Division of Fishery environment Management Division of CMFRI. Has been awarded T.V.R. Pillai Foundation award (Team Member) for popularizing bivalve mariculture. This work was also appreciated by the Gender Forum of Asian Fisheries Society and was awarded the commendable paper in 2007.  Have also won National Science Popularization awards – Vigyan Prasar award and the Beevar Bronze award.  Have served as member of important national and state committees, RAC member for UNDP funded projects, Academic council member of KUFOS and others. Presently actively engaged in research on marine habitats, small pelagic fishery fluctuations and climate change. Have represented India for the IPCC meeting on Climate Change and Oceans held at Monaco, Europe in 2016. Has served as an external reviewer for the IPCC Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in 2017.  Recently selected as Lead Author in the forthcoming  IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (WGII AR6). Published 210 research articles including text book on oysters and book chapters. Post Graduate in Mariculture with FAO UNDP Fellowship and Ph D in Marine Biology from CUSAT with fellowship from CSIR.

  • PhD  1998  Cochin University of Science & Technology
  • MSc  1984  Marine Biology, CUSAT
  • BSc  1982  Zoology, University of Kerala  
Current Research Projects
No Title Funded By
1 Pollution and Litter in the Coastal and Marine Ecosystem and their Impact CMFRI
2 Ecosystem process of critical marine habitats and development of protocols for restoration CMFRI
3 Sustainable molluscan mariculture practices CMFRI CMFRI
4 National Initiative in Climate Resilient Agriculture ICAR
5 Commercial viability of black pearl production in the A&N Islands and Conservation mariculture of ETP gastropods MoES
6 Eco-biological investigations on major pelagic fishes and ecological modeling of the epipelagic habitat off Kerala and Lakshadweep MoES
7 Towards developing models for prediction of recruitment success in major Indian marine fish stocks MoES
Awards & Recognitions:
  • 2002 - National - Rajya Bhasha Award- under non Hindi speaking category –from MoHA
  • 2007- International –Work on Gender mainstreaming in Fisheries -from Asian Fisheries Society-
  • 2011 TVR Pillay Aquaculture Award for outstanding aquaculture research and extension
  • 2012 and 2013 National Science Popularization awards - Vigyan Prasar Award  -for  two documentaries (oyster farming; ocean or plocean? respectively)
  • Member, Academic Council of Kerala University for Fisheries and Ocean Studies


Best 5 Publications:

1. Kripa, V and Surendranath, V G (2008) Social impact and women empowerment through mussel farming in Kerala, India. Development, 51 . pp. 199-204.
2. Kripa, V, Mohamed, K S,  Prema, D, Mohan, Anjana and Abhilash, K S (2014) Persistent occurrence of potential fishing zones in the southeastern Arabian Sea. Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, 43 (5). pp. 737-745.
3. Kripa, V, Abraham, K J, Libini, C L, Velayudhan, T S, Radhakrishnan, P, Mohamed, K S and Mohan Joseph, M (2008) Production of Designer Mabe Pearls in the Black-lipped Pearl Oyster, Pinctada margaritifera, and the Winged Pearl Oyster, Pteria penguin, from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, 39 (1). pp. 131-137.
4. Mohamed, K S , Sathianandan, T V, Kripa, V and Zacharia, P U (2013) Puffer fish menace in Kerala: a case of decline in predatory control in the southeastern Arabian Sea. Current Science, 104 (4). pp. 426-429.
5. Jugnu, R and Kripa, V (2009) Effect of Chattonella marina [(Subrahmanyan)Hara et Chihara 1982] bloom on the coastal fishery resources along Kerala coast, India. Indian Journal of Marine Sciences, 38 (1). pp. 77-88.

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