Environmental Science

Dr. Bhagyalakshmi Kalidass is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences, SRM University-AP, Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, India. She holds a B.Tech in Biotechnology from National Institute of Technology – Durgapur,

West Bengal (2010), M.Tech in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur, West Bengal (2012) followed by a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, USA (2016).

Dr. Kalidass’s research interests include metal induced gene expression studies in methane consuming bacteria (methanotrophs). Methane, a greenhouse gas whose concentration has drastically increased by more than 170 % ever since 1750s, has 86 times more global warming potential than CO2 itself. At this juncture, methanotrophs are the only biological sink for methane that can potentially reduce the atmospheric methane concentrations. While copper is known to impact the methane consumption by methanotrophs, Dr. Kalidass’s work has identified gold to have a positive role in methane oxidation.

Dr. Kalidass presently teaches Environmental Science at the undergraduate level at SRM University-AP.

Dr. Kalidass is a lifetime member of Indian Science Congress.

Website Link https://srmap.edu.in/faculty/bhagyalakshmi-kalidass/

Research Interests:

  1. Bioremediation
  2. Methanotrophy
  3. Wastewater treatment

Dr. Shoji D. Thottathil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, School of LIberal Arts and Basic Science. SRM University-AP, Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was awarded his Doctorate in Biological Science from Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada in June 2019 and Masters degree (s) in Biological Science from Kyoto University, Japan (September 2012) and Annamalai University, India (May 2007).

Dr. Shoji D. Thottathil was awarded following international scholarships

  1. Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students , Fonds de Research du Québec (Québec - India) - Nature and Technologies, Government of Quebec, Canada (2014 - 2018).
  2. Scholarship of Excellence in Faculty Science, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada (2013-2014)
  3. Monbukagakusho Mext Scholarship, Japanese Government (2010-2013)

Dr. Shoji D. Thottathil is a Limnologist and Aquatic Biogeochemist. His research primarily focuses on understanding the patterns and drivers of carbon cycling in inland waters (streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries). His research interests include organic matter (OM) cycling and emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) in response to changing hydrology, nutrients, and OM matter loading due to the ongoing climate change and anthropogenic activities. Methane being a highly potent Greenhouse gas, his research attempts to delineate the regulation of rates and pathways of CH4 production, oxidation, and different modes through which CH4 is transported from inland waters to the atmosphere (bubble and aquatic plants-mediated, and diffusive pathways) at local to regional scales. Dr. Thottathil is currently focusing on the landscape-level regulation of CH4 emissions in tropical aquatic networks.

Research Projects:

Project Title: Methane Emission from Tropical Aquatic Networks: Elucidating the underpinning mechanisms and landscape-level drivers

Funding agency: Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

Amount: 30 Lakhs

Duration : 2019 - 2021

Research Interests: Aquatic Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Greenhouse gas emissions from aquatic systems
Dissolved organic matter dynamics across aquatic continuum

Dr. Karthik Rajendran received his PhD from University of Boras, Sweden (2015). He has postdoctoral experiences from University of Hawaii and Oregon State University, USA (2016-17). Before his tenure at SRM University-AP, he worked as a senior researcher at University College Cork, Ireland (2017-19).

His research interests include techno-economic analysis, sustainability indicators and bioenergy systems. Previously, he had developed technical-textile based biogas systems, which is now commercially sold as a product across India. About 50 such digesters are in operation now. A question he would like to answer through his research his: How to translate a bioenergy technology out of the laboratory into a commercial product? What are the factors that affect commercialization of a technology? How to interact, assess and modify those factors for a possible commercial solution?

Research Interests:Techno-economic analysis; Life cycle assessments; Sustainable waste management; Biofuels and Bioenergy; Integrated sustainability indicators

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