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Dr.P. Kaladharan

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Role:Principal Scientist & i/C FEMD
Focus of Research:
  • Marine fisheries environment
  • Primary productivity, seaweed  mariculture
  • Coastal pollution and impact assessment

Joined Agricultural Research Service in January 1985 and started my career in primary productivity, seaweed  culture and utilization  and coastal pollution along with the team of scientists from the Fishery Environment and Management Division.  Later worked on  the diversity and conservation of marine floral bioresources such as  mangroves, seagrasses, seaweeds and phytoplankton.  Currently working on impacts of climate change, carbon sequestration and marine litter and their impacts 

  • Ph D  1989  Bharathidasan  University, Tiruchirapalli
  • M Sc  1981  Botany, Madurai Kamaraj  University, Madurai
  • B Sc   1979   Botany,  Madurai University  
Current Research Projects
No Title Funded By
1 Sustainable molluscan mariculture practices CMFRI
2 Ecosystem process of critical marine habitats and development of protocols for restoration CMFRI
3 Pollution and litter in the coastal and marine ecosystem and their impact  CMFRI
4 Ecobiological investigations on major pelagic fishes and ecological modeling of the epipelagic habitat off Kerala and Lakshadweep INCOIS
5 National initiative on climate change resilient Agriculture-  marine fisheries ICAR
Awards & Recognitions:
  •  Life Member, Marine Biological Association of India, Kochi
  • Life Member, Society of Fisheries Technologists of  India, Kochi
  • Life Member, Seaweed Research and Utilization Association, India


Best 5 Publications:

1. Kaladharan, P., Said Koya, K P ., Kunhikoya, V A and Anasu Koya, A. (2013) Turtle herbivory of seagrass ecosystems in the Lakshadweep atolls: concerns and need for conservationmeasures. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 55 (1). pp. 25-29.
2.  Kaladharan, P.,  Krishnakumar, P K.,  Prema, D., Nandakumar, A., Khambadkar, L  R and Valsala, K K (2011) Assimilative capacity of Cochin inshore waters with reference to contaminants received from the backwaters and the upstream areas. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 58 (2). pp. 75-83.
3. Kaladharan, P., Vijayakumaran, K and Chennubhotla, V S K.,  (1996) Optimization of certain physical parameters for the mariculture of Gracilaria edulis (Gmelin) Silva in Minicoy lagoon (Laccadive Archipelago). Aquaculture, 139 (3-4). pp. 265-270.
4. Vinoj Kumar, V and Kaladharan, P (2006) Biosorption of metals from contaminated water using seaweed. Current Science, 90 (9). pp. 1263-1267.
5. Veena, S and Kaladharan, P (2013) Cavernularia obesa from the bay coast of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.Marine Biodiversity Records, 6 (54). pp. 1-6.

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