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Department of Marine Science

History

Year of Establishment : 1985

History of the department : Marine Science department was established in the year 1983 as per the UGC guidelines and UNESCO format followed by other prominent World Universities. Our department has acquired sophisticated equipments like GC, AAS, DOC Analyzers, Vivracorer with ion chromatography, Cascade Impactor, Phase contrasting microscope, Marine algal culture incubators etc. Several students got placement in several places in India such as National Institute of Oceanography, Goa; Vizag; CMSRI – Bhabnagar; NIOT- Madras; Anna University etc and abroad such as USA, Czechoslovakia, Japan, German; Australia etc.,

Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body : TDST-FIST w.e.f. 2003

Academic

Faculty members :

Name Designation Area of specialization Email Phone number
Dr. Santosh Kumar Sarkar
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Professor ( in Extension Service) Marine & Estuarine ecology sarkar.santosh@gmail.com 09831242492
Dr Tarun Kumar De
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Professor Marine Microbiology, Plankton Ecology and Mangove biodiversity. tarunde@yahoo.co.in; detarun@gmail.com 9432249136
Dr Sandip Mukhopadhyay
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Associate Professor Marine Bio-geo-chemistry skm.caluniv@gmail.com 9433806845

Courses

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.Sc. Master Degree B.Sc Hons in Bioscience with chemistry as pass subject or chemisty Hons or physics Hons 24 +1
Ph.D Doctorate M.Sc in Marine sc or equivalent with NET/RET Qualified 24

Research

Research scholars :

Name Research topic Name of the supervisor Date of registration
Avanti Acharya Biogeochemistry of carbon and exchange of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4 and N2O) in the mangrove dominated estuaries of the Indian Sundarban. Dr. Sandip Kumar Mukhopadhyay Yet to be registered
 Chayan Chakraborty Zooplankton community dynamics and their role in estuarine biogeochemical cycle of the Sundarbans Dr. Sandip Kumar Mukhopadhyay 17.06.2013
Dibyendu Rakshit Biodiversity of micro zooplankton Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar 18.06.2013
Madhusudan Paul Biogeochemical process and paleo oceanographic studies of the Eastern Indian Ocean. Dr. Sandip Kumar Mukhopadhyay Yet to be registered
Mahua Roy Chowdhury Studies on the growth of dominant mangrove plants Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar 16.07.2012
Nabanita Chakrabarti Behavioral responses of aquatic invertebrates and vertebrate in underwater electric field. Prof. Tarun Kumar De Applied
Prasun Sanyal Biogeochemical process and paleo oceanographic studies of the Eastern Indian Ocean. Dr. Sandip Kumar Mukhopadhyay Yet to be registered
Priyanka Mondal Trace element in sediment Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar 31.08.2015
Ranju Chowdhury Phytoremediation in mangrove plants Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar 16.07.2012
 Rishmita Mukherjee Bacterioplankton and phytoplankton community dynamics and their relation to the autotrophic versus heterotrophic characteristics of the mangrove dominated estuaries of Indian Sundarbans Dr.Sandip Kumar Mukhopadhyay 22.7.2013
Rupam Mondal Effect of Nano-particles on halotorerant plant growth promoting bacteria isolated from the coastal belt of Sunderban, west Bengal. Prof. Tarun Kumar De 27.01.15
 Sabyasachi Chakraborty Ecological dynamics of meso zooplankton (copepods)
in the waters surrounding Sunderban mangroves.
Prof. Tarun Kumar De 27.01 2015
Soumita Mitra Dissolved trace metals in water Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar 10.09.2015
 Sandeep Thakur Assessment of the environmental stress on mangrove ecosystem of Sundarbans, India Prof. Tarun Kumar De 31.08.2015
Subhanil Nandi Studies on dynamics of a few dissolved constituents in Bidyadhari- Matla river complex under the Sundarbans estuarine system with special reference to the influence of urban waste water from Kolkata,India. Prof. Tarun Kumar De 31.05.2016
 Sourav Sett Antimicrobial properties of mangroves leaves Prof. Tarun Kumar De 01. 08 2015
Sucheta Basu Vulnerability assessment of coastal ecosystems on Andaman islands towards environmental hazards and disaster Using RS & GIS Prof. Tarun Kumar De 31.08.2015

Projects :

Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration Budget
Time series observation   on phytoplankton dynamics in the coastal waters of   Indian Sundarban mangrove forest, NE coast of Bay of Bengal”.  CSIR
Sanction No.24(0330)/14/EMR-II.dated.. 23.04.2013
Prof. T.K.De 01.10.2014 to 31.09.2017 21 lakh
Biogeochemical dynamics of the Hooghly-Matla estuarine systems along the northeast coast of the Bay of Bengal, India. Ministry of Earth Science, Sanction no: MoES/36/OOIS/SIBER/07 dated 09.09.2011 Dr. Sandip Kumar Mukhopadhyay 2011- ongoing 108.9
lakhs
Biogeochemical process and paleo oceanographic studies of the Eastern Indian Ocean, Ministry of Earth Sc., Sanction no: MoES/36/OOIS/Extra/34/2013 dated 28.04.2015 Dr. Sandip Kumar Mukhopadhyay 2015-2020 43.5 lakhs
Distribution and possible sources of trace metals in sediments along the Hugli Estuary and Sundarban Mangrove Wetland, India and their ecotoxicological significance Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi, India Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar 2015-2020 20. 50 lakh
Relative grazing impact of nano- and picoplankton by microzooplankton through trophic dynamics in Indian Sundarban mangrove region Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar 2015-2016 4.56 lakh
Mesozooplankton population dynamics as a response to environmental changes of two tropical  mangrove wetlands: An approach to ecosystem indicator India-Taipei Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar 2013-2016 21.00 lakh

Collaborations :

Title of the programme Principal collaborator of the department Name and address of the collaborating institution Principal collaborator of the collaborating institution Duration of the program-mme
Impact of Climate Change on Coral bleaching in Andaman Sea using RS and GIS Prof, T. K. De Dept. of Disaster Management. Pondichery University, Brookshabad Campus, Port Blair. Dr K. Dharanirajan 5 years
Effect of Nano-particles on Halotolerant Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria Isolated From The Coastal Belt Of Sunderban, West Bengal. Prof, T. K. De Dept. of Botany, Burdwan University, Dr. T.K. Maiti 5 Years
Studies on dynamics of a few dissolved constituents in Bidyadhari- Matla river  complex under the Sundarbans estuarine system with special reference to the influence of urban waste water from Kolkata,India. " Prof, T. K. De Dept. of  Applied Sc & Humanities, B.P.Poddar Institute of Management and Technology;  137 VIP Road, Kolkata-700052 Dr. S.K. Ghosh 5 years
Biogeochemical dynamics of the Hooghly-Matla estuarine systems along the northeast coast of the Bay of Bengal, India. Dr. Sandip Kumar Mukhopadhyay National Institute of Oceanography, CSIR, Goa
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
Dr. D. M. Shenoy (NIO, Goa) Dr. P. Bhadury (IISER, Kolkata) 7 years
Biogeochemical process and paleo oceanographic studies of the Easter Indian Ocean. Dr. Sandip Kumar Mukhopadhyay National Institute of Oceanography, CSIR, Goa Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi Dr. D. Naidu (NIO, Goa) Prof. A. Singh (BHU) 5 years
India-Taipei Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan Pro. Jiang Shiou Hwang 2013-2016
India-Thailand Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar Chulalongkorn University; Department of Marine Science; Faculty of Science; Chulalongkorn University.Phayathai Road, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Dr. Penjai Sompongchaiyakul 2013-2014
India- Belarus Joint Science & Technology  Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar Dr. Valery Khomich Institute for Nature Management of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, 2014-2016
Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM) Research Initiative, Singapore Prof. Santosh Kumar Sarkar Dr. Reshmi  Das Earth Observatory of Singapore Nanyang Technological University
N2-01C-36d, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798
2016-2018

Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department :

  • Coastal Zone Management, coastal accretion-erosion processes and shoreline changes with reference to sea level rise.
  • Dynamics of marine and fluvial processes and coastal geomorphology and sedimentology.
  • Biodiversity of mangrove ecosystem, physiological ecology of phytoplankton and zooplankton, primary productivity.
  • Coastal pollution, Bioaccumulation and Biomagnifications of pollutants in marine/estuarine food chain.
  • Aquaculture and fisheries management;
  • Marine microbiology.
  • Effects of changes of external forces on boundary condition on eutrophication;
  • Characterization of humic substances by synchronous Fluorescence Spectroscopy and their interaction with heavy metals.
  • Exchange of green house gases between atmosphere and Sunderban Biosphere; Nitrogen fixing by cyanobacteria and othe microorganisms.
  • Biogeochemical cycle of elements in the estuarine environments
  • Biogeochemistry of trace gases and nutrients in the estuarine environments.
  • Decadal changes in Mesozooplankton
  • Spatial distribution of phytoplankton, microzooplankton
  • Phytoremediation in mangrove plants
  • Heavy metal and trace metal in estuarine sediment
  • Dissolved trace metals in estuarine water
  • Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in sediment and air
  • Eutrophication and algal bloom

Teaching support :

  • Department regularly organize field work and during that time environmental awareness programme for the local people is also organized.
  • During the field trip students are trained for environmental analysis in then onboard laboratory.

Research support :

Name of the equipment Brief description Funding agency
Gas Chromatography GC fitted with FID and PFPD detectors and Porapak column DST-FIST
Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer Analyses of heavy metals DST-FIST
TOC Analyser High temperature combustion based carbon analysis using FID MoES, Gov. of India
Cascade impactor Aerosol and suspended particulate matter monitoring MoES, Gov. of India
Weather Station For monitoring meteorological parameters like, wind speed, humidity, temperature, rainfall MoES, Gov. of India
Phase-Contrast Microscope NIKON Trinocular Microscope, Model E-200 CSIR, New Delhi, India.
Coulometer For measuring DIC in the environmental water samples. MoES, Gov. of India
CTD profiler Shallow water sea bird CTD with salinity temperature probe.  
Vibra core sample Analyzer Analysis of  marine samples DST-FIST
Water analyser 371 (Systronics) Measurement of pH, salinity, turbidity, DO, nutrients, conductivity CSIR, New Delhi, India.

Major activities : The department has organized several Invited talks & seminars in regular basis, viz.

  • NSRTMES-2013, National seminar on recent trends in Marine and estuarine Science during 21-22 June, 2013;
  •  National Seminar on Perspective in Environmental and Marine Research : Retrospect and Prospect on 22nd January, 2016.

Department produces a good number of students who have got placement in several places in India such as NIO- Goa; Vizag; CMSRI – Bhabnagar; NIOT- Madras;  Anna University etc and abroad such as USA, Czechoslovakia, Japan, German; Australia etc.,

Contact

Campus : Taraknath Palit Sikshaprangan (Ballygunge Science College)

Address for communication : Department of Marine Science, Calcutta University, 7th Floor, Ballygunge Science College; 35, B.C. Road, Kolkata-700019