Dr. N. Godhantaraman

Deputy Director & Head in-charge
Specialization:

Marine Science - Marine Microbial Ecology and Microbial Food-web, Coastal Pollution Monitoring & Coastal Zone Management, Global warming and Climate Change and its Impacts on Marine Coastal Ecosystem, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Address:

Office: UGC-Human Resource Development Centre & Centre for Environmental Sciences, University of Madras, Chepauk Campus, Chennai – 600 005.

Contact

Off: +91(44) 2539 9670; 2539 9558  Res: +91(44) 26500532

Mobile: +91-9444895145

Office: ngraman@unom.ac.in

Other: godhantaraman@yahoo.com

Achievements

  • Recipient of Research Fellowship Award by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India (1988 - 1992).
  • Recipient of ENVIS Research Fellowship Award by Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India (2002-2008 & 1993 – 1996).
  • Recipient of Visiting Fellowship Award under the scheme Potential for Excellence, University of Calcutta
  • Recipient of Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Post-doctoral Research Fellowship Award -  by Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Government of Japan (February 28, 1998 – February 27, 2000).
  • Recipient of Science and Technology Agency (STA) Post-doctoral Research Fellowship Award - by Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST), Government of Japan (March 27, 2000 - March 26, 2002).
  • Nominated as a Senate Member, Middle East University, United Arab Emirates (2013 -2016).
  • Distinguished Scientist Award 2015 – Venus International Foundation, Chennai, INDIA
  • Awarded as an Ambassador by the Asian Council of Science Editors for the year 2016.

Membership

National
  • Life Member - Indian Society of Invertebrate Reproduction
  • Member -  Indian Society of Life Sciences
  • Member - Life Science - Research Advisory Board, Sri Sankara Arts & Science College (Affiliated to the University of Madras)
  • Member – Ph.D., Doctoral Committee, VIT University, Vellore.
  • Member – Project Scientist/JRF Selection and Assessment Committee- Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management (ICMAM) Project, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India, NIOT Campus, Chennai. 
  • Academic Council Member, University of Madras.

International

  • Life Member - World Association of Copepodologists (WAC).
  • Member- International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems
  • Member - Plankton Society of Japan.
  • Member - American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • Member - Healthcare Advisory Board for Marine Biology-MEDNET Ltd, Internet Based Healthcare Organization, USA (1998 –1999).

Projects (Total Projects : 8)

  • Title
    Population and production ecology of microzooplankton with special reference to their trophic interrelations.
    Duration 1998-2000
    Funding Agency Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Government of Japan.
    Amount Sanctioned (in Lakhs.) 19
  • Title
    Population ecology of microzooplankton and its trophodynamic significance in eutrophic marine coastal waters.
    Duration 2000-2002
    Funding Agency Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST), Government of Japan.
    Amount Sanctioned (in Lakhs.) 18
  • Title
    Biodiversity and nutritional evaluation of selected zooplankton for sustainable fish culture.
    Duration 2010-2013
    Funding Agency University Grants Commission (Co-Investigator)
    Amount Sanctioned (in Lakhs.) 11
  • Title
    Biodiversity of microzooplankton along the Lower stretch of the Ganges (Hugli) River, West Bengal with special emphasis on Tintinnids (Ciliata: Protozoa)
    Duration 2011-2014
    Funding Agency University Grants Commission (Co-Investigator)
    Amount Sanctioned (in Lakhs.) 9
  • Title
    Metal uptake, transport and release by mangrove plants in Sundarban Wetland, INDIA: Implications for phytoremediation and restoration
    Duration 2011-2014
    Funding Agency CSIR (Co-Investigator)
    Amount Sanctioned (in Lakhs.) 19
  • Title
    Feasibility and EIA Study for the Oceanarium Project at Andaman Island
    Duration 2010-2012
    Funding Agency Darashaw, Pvt., Ltd, Chennai (Consultancy Project)
    Amount Sanctioned (in Lakhs.) 4
  • Title
    Mesozooplankton population dynamics as a response to environmental change of two tropical mangrove wetlands in India and Taiwan: An approach to ecosystem indicator
    Duration 2013-2016
    Funding Agency Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Joint Research Project – under the Indo-Taiwan S&T Cooperation Programme (Indian Project Participant – Co-PI)
    Amount Sanctioned (in Lakhs.) 21
  • Title
    Exploration of marine biological resources in the Indo-Pacific Ocean
    Duration 2014-2017
    Funding Agency Collaborative project between Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology and University of Madras (Co-Indian Project Leader)
    Amount Sanctioned (in Lakhs.) 42

Publications

Articles (Total Articles: 2)
  • Status of bioremediation approaches and its future prospects,  Godhantaraman, N,  ENVIS Newsletter, University of Madras,  6,  (2007),  4-6
  • Dissemination of information on microorganisms and its application in environmental management through net enabled  technology,  Godhantaraman, N. and N. Munuswamy,  ENVIS Newsletter, University of Madras,  4,  (2006),  5-9
Books (Total Books: 3)
  • Ecological significance of marine microzooplankton. In Marine Microbiology:  Facets & Opportunities,  Godhantaraman, N, (eds. - Nagappa Ramaiah),  National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, India,  (2004), ) 258-270, 
  • Monitoring of coastal systems by the analysis of plankton species diversity indices. In an Emerging Trends in Environmental Science,  Godhantaraman, N (eds., C.S.P. Iyer),  Asia Tech Publishers India, New Delhi,  (2001), ) 35-40, 
  • Seasonal variations of water and sediment quality along Pulicat, Chennai Ennore and Mahabalipuram coasts. In an Emerging Trends in Environmental Science.,  Giridhar, V.V., Kuppusamy, M.R., Srivatsan, S.G., Godhantaraman, N., Karuppusamy, M., Panchatcharam, K and Ramamurthy, K, (eds., C.S.P. Iyer),  Asia Tech Publishers India, New Delhi,  (2001), ) 42-45, 

Journals (Total Journals: 16)

  • Diversity and Distribution of Microzooplankton Tintinnid (Ciliata: Protozoa) in the Core Region of Indian Sundarban Wetland,  ? Dibyendu Rakshit, Santosh K. Sarkar, Kamala K. Satpathy, Palani Sankar Ganesh,Nallamuthu Godhantaraman and Jayanta K. Biswas,  Journal of Clean -Soil, Air and Water,  44 (9),  (2016),  1–9, 
  • Seasonal variations in species composition, abundance, biomass and production rate of tintinnids (Ciliata: Protozoa) along the Hooghly (Ganges) River Estuary, India: A multivariate approach,  Dibyendu Rakshit, Sejuti Naha Biswas, Santosh Kumar Sarkar, Bhaskar Deb Bhattacharya, Nallamuthu Godhantaraman and Kamala Kanta Satpathy,  Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment,  186,  (2014),  3063-3078, 
  • An integrated use of multiple biomarkers to investigate the individual and combined effect of copper and cadmium on the marine green mussel (Perna viridis),  Prasun Goswami, G. Hariharan, N. Godhantaraman and N. Munuswamy,  Journal of Environmental Science and Health,  49,  (2014),  1564-1577, 
  • Monitoring of genotoxicity in marine zooplankton induced by toxic metals in Ennore estuary, Southeast coast of India,  Prasun Goswami , Subramani Thirunavukkarasu, Nallamuthu Godhantaraman and Natesan Munuswamy,  Marine Pollution Bulltein,  88,  (2014),  70-80, 
  • Bloom of H. hardmannianus and its impact on water quality and plankton community in Sundarban,  S. Naha Biswas, N. Godhantaraman, R.K.Sarangi, Bhaskar Deb, Bhattacharya and S.K. Sarkar,  Journal of Clean -Soil, Air and Water,  41,  (2013),  333-339, 
  • Community composition, abundance, biomass and production rates of tintinnids (Ciliata: Protozoa) in the coastal regions of Sundarban mangrove wetland, India,  S N Biswas, N. Godhantaraman and S.K.Sarkar,  Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences,  42,  (2013),  163-173, 
  • Perfluorinated compounds in surficial sediments of the Ganges River and adjacent Sundarban mangrove wetland, India,  Simonetta Corsolini, Santosh Kumar Sarkar, Cristiana Guerranti, Bhaskar Deb Bhattacharya, Dibyendu Rakshit, M.P. Jonathan and Nallamuthu Godhantaraman,  Marine Pollution Bulleti,  64,  (2012),  2829-2833, 
  • Biogeochemistry of mercury and methyl mercury in sediment cores from Sundarban mangrove wetland, India – a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  M Chatterjee, J Canário, S K Sarkar, V Branco, N Godhantaraman, B D Bhattacharya and A Bhattacharya,  Environmental Monitoring and Assessment,  184,  (2011),  5239-5254, 
  • Trace metal Bioaccumulation by soft-bottom Polychaetes (Annelida) of Sundarban Mangrove wet land, India and their potential use as contamination indicator,  Md. A. Alam, Gomes, A., S.K. Sarkar, O.V.Shuvaeva, N.S.Vishnevetskaya, M.A. Gustaytis, B.D. Bhattacharya and N.Godhantaraman,  Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology,  85,  (2010),  492-496, 
  • Geographical and seasonal variations in taxonomic composition, abundance and biomass of microzooplankton across brackish-water lagoonal systems of Japan,  Godhantaraman, N. & S. Uye,  J. Plankton Res,  25,  (2003),  465-482, 
  • Seasonal abundance, taxonomic composition, biomass and estimated production rate of tintinnids at estuarine and mangrove waters, Parangipettai (South India),  N. Godhantaraman,  Journal of Mar. Systems,  36,  (2002),  161-171, 
  • Geographical variations in taxonomic composition, abundance, biomass and trophodynamic role of microzooplankton across an inshore-offshore gradient in the Inland Sea of Japan and adjacent Pacific Ocean,  Godhantaraman, N. & S. Uye,  J. Plankton Biology & Ecology,  48,  (2001),  19-27, 
  • Seasonal variations in taxonomic composition, abundance and food web relationship of microzooplankton in estuarine and mangrove waters, Parangipettai,  N. Godhantaraman,  Ind. J. Mar. Sci,  30,  (2001),  151-160, 
  • Experimental studies on food habits of tropical microzooplankton (Prey-predator interrelationship),  Godhantaraman, N & K.Krishnamurthy,  Ind. J.Mar. Sci.,,  26,  (1997),  345-349, 
  • Tropical Phytoplankton production,  Krishnamurthy, K., K.Santhanam, V.Sundararaj, L.Kannan, G.Illangovan, P.Mani, C.S.V.Ramachandra Rao, N.Godhantaraman,  Ind. Hydrobiology,  2,  (1996),  77-110, 
  • Species composition and abundance of tintinnids and   copepods in the Pichavaram mangroves (South India),  N. Godhantaraman,  Ciencias Marinas,  20,  (1994),  371-391, 

Seminar

National
  • Participated in the International conference on PACEM IN MARIBUS (PIM) XXII - Peace on the Oceans, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, April 15-17, 1994.
  • Presenter at the International Seminar on Mangroves, Andhra University, Mar. 15-17, 1997.
  • Presenter at the International Conference on Environmental Science (ICES’98), Regional Research Laboratory, Trivandrum, November 10-13, 1998.
  • Participated and co-chair at the International Seminar on Ecotechnology for Sustainable Development (ECOTECH), The New College, Chennai, October 4-6, 2004.
  • Ø  Participated in the Indo-UK Seminar on Climate change and its impacts on coastal zones British Council and Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, 25th January 2006.
  • Participated and co-chair in the International Seminar on Environmental Biotechnology, JBAS College for Women, Chennai, July 5-7, 2006.
  • Presenter at the International Symposium on 8th Asian Academic Network for Environmental Safety and Wastes Management, Anna University, Chennai, 10-13, December 2006.
  • Presenter at the International Large Branchiopod Symposium – 6, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Andhra Pradesh, 16-20 Sept. 2007.
  • Chair-person in the International Symposium on Trace Organic Pollutants in the Environment (ISOTOPE’10), Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, 23rd Jan. 2010.
  • Participated in the National Symposium on Electrochemistry in Marine Environment, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Madras Unit, Chennai, February 7-8, 1995.
  • Presenter at the Fourth Indian Fisheries Forum, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, November 24-28, 1996.
  • Presenter at the National symposium on Recent Trends in Microbial Technology, Sri Sankara Arts & Science College, Kanchipuram, December 29-30, 2003.
  • Presenter at the National workshop of ENVIS Centres and Nodes, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, June 25-27, 2004.
  • Delivered Guest Lecture at the National workshop on Zooplankton, The New College, Chennai, July 5-10, 2004.
  • Delivered Guest Lecture at the National Seminar on Bioremediation and Biodegradation, Sourashtra College, Madurai, September 17-18, 2004.
  • Presenter at the National Conference on Microbiology of the Tropical Seas, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, December 13-15, 2004.
  • Presenter and Co-chair in the National seminar Zooplankton Biodiversity, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Andhra Pradesh, March 23 & 24, 2005.
  • Presenter at the National symposium on Recent Trends in Microbial Biotechnology, Sri Sankara Arts & Science College, Kanchipuram, December 29-30, 2005.
  • Participated in the National conference on Agro-Biodiversity, National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India, NIOT, Chennai, February 12-15, 2006.
  • Chair the session in the National Conference on Current Perspectives in Aquatic Biology, University of Madras, Chennai, March 17-18, 2006.
  • Delivered Guest Lecture at the National Symposium on Modern Biological Sciences, Shri Nehru Maha Vidyalaya College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore, 21-22, Jan. 2008.
  • Presenter and Coordinator of the technical session at the 8th Indian Science Communication Congress Science City, Tamil Nadu Science & Technology Centre, Chennai, Dec. 10-14, 2008.
  • Delivered Guest Lecture at the Seminar on Environment: Status, Concerns & Approaches, MIC College of Technology, Andhra Pradesh,15th March 2011.
  • Invited to impart training to the Officers of the Tamil Nadu Police on Impact of Pollution on Marine Biosphere and Marine Biological Resources, 28th March 2013, by Coastal Security Group, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.
  • Participated UGC-ASC Directors Interface Meet at UGC, New Delhi, 25th August 2014.
  • Participated UGC-Academic Staff College All India Director’s Meet 2014, UGC – ASC, Panjab University, 8-9, September 2014.
  • Delivered keynote address at the UGC-NAAC Sponsored National Seminar on Quality Enhancement of Higher Education through Modern Innovative Teaching-Learning Methods, 27th September 2014.
  • Workshop on ‘Computer applications in Molecular Biology’, Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry, India, March 29 to April 1, 1993.
  • Workshop on ‘Databases and Networking in Marine Biology’, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India, March 9-11, 1994
  • Training course on ‘Bioinformatics & Information Technology’, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, India, November 18-22, 2002.
  • Training programme on ‘Web Based System Development & Database Management’, Environment Production Training and Research Institute, Hyderabad, India, November 28-30, 2002.
  • Training course on ‘Web – Design and E-Governance Application in respect to Environmental Planning’, National Ship Design and Research Centre, Visakhapatnam, India, December 21-23, 2002.
  • Training programme on ‘Application of Remote Sensing and GIS to Coastal and Marine Studies’, Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, India, Feb. 10-28, 2004.
  • Workshop on ‘Bay of Bengal Biogeographic Information System (BOBIS)’, CAS in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Parangipettai, India, Feb. 19-20, 2007.
  • National workshop on “Establishing Teaching Learning Centers in Higher Education”, National University on Education Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi, Nov.26-29, 2013.
  • Invited as an expert for the Consultation meeting by the National Council for Teacher Education, New Delhi for implementation of Faculty Development Programme for Teacher Educators, 30th April 2014.
International
  • Presenter at the Fourth International Conference on Copepoda, Nihon University, Karizawa, Japan, September 24-27, 1990.
  • Presenter at the ICES Symposium on Zooplankton Production, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, UK, August 25-29, 1994.
  • Presenter at the Sixth International Conference on Copepoda, University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany, August 15-21, 1996.
  • Participated in the Symposium on Marine Biotechnology, Hiroshima Women’s University, Hiroshima, Japan, May 14-16, 1998.
  • Participated in Japan Oceanographic Society Meeting & Symposium on Plankton, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, September 18-21, 1998.
  • Ø  Presenter at the 15th International Estuarine Research Federation Conference, University of New Orleans, USA, September 25-30, 1999.
  • Participated in the Symposium on Semi-enclosed Sea Environment, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Hiroshima, Japan, September 12-13, 2000.
  • Participated in Plankton symposium and ecological significance and importance of Arctic Ecosystem, University of Tokyo, Japan, March 27-29, 2001.
  • Presenter at the International Plankton Symposium, Espinho, Portugal, September 15-19, 2001.
  • Presenter at the Gordon Research Conference on Marine Microbes, The University of New England, Biddeford, ME, USA, July 23-28, 2006.
  • Presenter at the ESSP Open Science Conference – Global Environmental Change, Beijing International Convention Centre, Beijing, China, 9-12 Nov. 2006.
  • Presenter at the 4th International Zooplankton Production Symposium, Hiroshima, Japan, May 28-June 1, 2007.
  • Invited for Joint Collaborative Research Project by Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), South Korea as Co-Project Indian Leader, March 9th to 14th, 2014.
  • Workshop on ‘Computer application in Phylogenetic Reconstruction’, University of Oldenburg, Germany, July 27-28, 1996.
  • Workshop on ‘Preparation of marine copepods and Sampling Techniques (ground water copepods)’, University of Oldenburg, Germany, August 4-5, 1996.
  • International workshop on ‘Methodologies, Equipments & Plankton Research’, Espinho, Portugal, September 20-23, 2001.

Guidance

Ph.D Awarded 1
Ph.D Students
M.Phil Awarded
M.Phil Students

Additional Informations

YOUNG SCIENTIST TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED FOR ABROAD CONFERENCES
  • Recipient of Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu State Government -Young Scientist Travel Grant Award to participate in 4th International Conference on Copepoda, held at Japan, September 1990.
  • Recipient of World Association of Copepodologists (WAC)-Young Scientist Travel Grant Award to participate in 4th International Conference on Copepoda, held at Japan, September 1990.
  • Recipient of Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), USA, Travel grant Award for Scientists of Developing Countries to participate in ICES Symposium on Zooplankton Production, held at Plymouth, UK, August 1994.
  • Recipient of World Association of Copepodologists (WAC) -Young Scientist Fellowship Award to participate in 6th International Conference on Copepoda, held at Germany, August 1996.
  • Recipient of Estuarine Research Federation (ERF) Grant Award to participate in the 15th International Estuarine Research Federation Conference, held at New Orleans, USA, November 1999.
  • Recipient of Oriental Foundation (Joint cultural organization between Portugal and Indian Governments, Goa) Grant to participate in the International Plankton Symposium, held at Portugal, September 2001.
  • Recipient of Gordon Research Conference (GRC) Chair Grant Award to participate in the 2nd Gordon Research Conference on ‘Marine Microbes’ (Activities and Interactions) held at University of New England, Maine, USA, July 2006.
  • Recipient of World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Grant Award to participate in the ESSP Open Science Conference on Global Environmental Change, held at Beijing, China, Nov. 2006).
  • Recipient of Shibuya Scholarship Fund – to participate in 4th International Zooplankton Production Symposium, held at Hiroshima, Japan, June 2007. 
Orientation/Refresher Courses /Workshops/Training Programmes Organized
  • Conducted 35 UGC sponsored Orientation Programmes at the UGC –Academic Staff College, University of Madras.
  • Organized a Training Programme for the Principals of Government Arts & Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu – Dec 8-11, 2009, sponsored by Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education, Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • Organized an Intensive Training Programme for 15 days to the teachers working in the self-financing colleges, affiliated to the University of Madras.
  • Organized a training programme on preparation of Demand Collection and Balance (DCB) Statement for the Administrative Staffs of the University of Madras, from 13th to 16th July 2010.
  • Nodal Officer for the Orientation Programme (Intensive Training) conducted for the newly recruited Tamil Nadu State Government College Teachers, from 4th May to June 2, 2011 - sponsored by Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education, Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • Course Co-ordinator for the Interaction Programme for Ph.D/Post-doctoral Scholars, from 08.03.2012 to 28.03.2012.
  • Organized more than ten short-term courses/workshops/training programmes for Senior Faculty members on “Total Quality Management”, Administrative Staff of the University of Madras on “Excellence in the University Administration”, Educational Administrators of the Colleges (Principals) on “E-Governance in Higher Education”, Research Guides (Humanities and Social Sciences) and  for Researchers to prepare Research Projects.