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Zoology

Fatima Mata National College (Autonomous), Kollam

Research

The Department of Zoology became research centre under
Kerala university in the year 1987. During the 32 years of its journey,
produced 36 doctoral degrees, undertaken 19 major and 4 minor research projects
from various funding agencies like University Grants Commission (UGC), MoEF,
Asian Fishery Society, Philippines, Norway, IFS (International Foundation for
Science), Sweden, CDS, KSCSTE, DBT, Western Ghat cell, Govt of Kerala.

Thrust
areas of research

Pollution, Fish Biology, Gene Manipulation and Transgenesis,
Fish Breeding and Aquaculture.

Water pollution studies of various wetland ecosystem-
Sasthamkotta freshwater system, Ashtamudi Lake (The Ramsar sites) and
Vattakkayal (The notified wetland) got wide media attention. The center have
developed   disease resistant transgenic
fish, artificial breeding technology for endemic fish, live feed Daphnia
culture etc.

Name of
the Project/ Endowments, Chairs
Name of the
Principal Investigator/ Co Investigator (if applicable)
Name of the
Funding agency 
Type
(Government/Non-Government)
Department of
Principal Investigator/ Co Investigator
Year of AwardFunds provided
(INR in lakhs)
Duration of the
project
Impact of anthropogenic stressors on the dynamics of the
macrobenthic invertebrate assemblages of Kerala coast, South west coast of
India 
Dr
Mary Tresa P Miranda
UGCGovernmentZoology2014(2016 letter)9949002011-14
Effect of
Municipal Solid waste  on shell fishes
and fin fishes of Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam
Dr
Sherly Williams E
KSCSTEGovernmentZoology201211100002012-15
Nanoparticulate
phytonurients embedded aqua feed formulation-assessment into delivery
efficiency and effect in Oreochromis mossambicus
Dr.
A Akhila Thomas
UGCGovernmentZoology2012
(wef 01/07/2012 to 31/12/2015)
8220672012-15
Conservation
of certain indigenous fishes of Western Ghats and use of Low cost Larval
rearing technology for development as candidate aquacultutre species
Dr
Sherly Williams E
Western Ghat Cell-WGCPlanning and Economic
Affairs Department,Government of Kerala
Zoology20127634002012-15
Zoopalnkton as
candidate bio-indicatorsin the biomonitoring 
of trace metals along the coast of Kerala, India
Dr Mary Teresa P
Miranda
UGCGovernmentZoology20162500002016-18
Plankton
Community structure and dynamics along the coast of Arthungal in Kerala,
South west coast of India
Dr. Sarlin P JKSCSTEGovernmentZoology201618716002016-18
Studies on
the effect of pollutants on Plankton diversity of Vattakayal , Kollam
Dr Sherly Williams EKSCSTEGovernmentZoology201714660802017-19
A Study and
DNA Barcoding of few Metazoan parasites of Mackeral Rastrelliger Kanagurta
(Cuvier), a commercially important marine fish of Kerala
Dr. Sarlin P JKSCSTEGovernmentZoology2017100002017-18
Assessment of microplastics in table salt from KeralaDr. 
Sarlin P.J.
KSCSTEGovernmentZoology07-01-2019100002018-19

DETAILS OF RESEARCH SCHOLARS

  • Ms Jeniffer Ann Thomas (Full Time)
  • Ms Gayathri (Full Time)
  • Ms Megha (Full Time)
  • Ms Dhanya (Full Time)
  • Ms Naziya (Full Time)
  • Ms Lekshmi Priya (Full Time)
  • Ms Fiona Paulose (Full Time)
  • Ms Suja S (Full Time)
  • Ms Mary Rinchu (Full Time)
  • Ms Nisha Thomas (Part time)

RESEARCH GUIDES WITH DURATION

  1. Dr.P J Thomas ( 1989 – 1995)
  2. Dr.V.R Prakasam ( 1989 – 2001)
  3. Dr.George D’Cruz (2006 – 2008)
  4. Dr. J Ignatius ( 1991 – 2016)
  5. Dr. Johnson Pius ( 2000 – 2015)
  6. Dr.M T P Miranda (2004 – 2017)
  7. Dr. M. C Subash Peter ( 1991 – 2000)
  8. Dr. Sr Soosamma Kavumpurath ( 1994 -2015)
  9. Dr. Valsa Jacob (1995 – 2016)
  10. Dr. Akhila Thomas ( 2005 – 2019 )
  11. Dr. Sherly Williams ( 2006 – 2020 )
  • The department has handled numerous research projects funded by various state ,National and International agencies. A total of 20 projects were completed and three projects are presently on going in the department.
  • PhD degrees produced – A total of 25 PhD were produced since inception of the research centre and 14 PhD scholars are doing their PhD programmes in the research centre of the department.
    RESEARCH DIVISIONS
    Following research divisions exists in the center.
  1. Biotechnology
  2. Microbiology
  3. Environmental Sciences
  4. Fish Biology and Aquaculture

Details of Research Scholars under the Guideship of Dr. Sherly Williams E. Department of Zoology

SI NOName of ScholarTopicOrder no.StatusName of Fellowship
1Razeena Karim.LEcobiological aspect of an estuarine fish Mugil parsia.Ac.E.1.B.1/24629/09 dated 27/05/2010completedMaulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Community
2Vishnu Nair.M.SCaptive breeding and larval rearing of Hypselobarbus kurali Kulathupuzha region of Kallada river, Kollam district.Ac.E1.B1/35641/2012 dated 8/04/2013completedKSCSTE  Fellowship
3Seethal Lal. SStudies on pollution status, fish diversity and conservation of threatened fishes in Vattakayal, a part of Ashtamudi lake, South India.Ac.E1.B1/40569/2012 dated 17/12/2012completedKSCSTE  Fellowship
4Rani.S.DharanA comparative study on the fish fauna in the lower reaches of Pampa river, in relation to water, physico- chemical charecteristics.Ac.E1.B1/12443/2012 dated 9/11/2012completedNIL
5Remya MohanReproductive biology and population dynamics of Oxyurichthys tendacularis (Valenciennes) Gobidae of Ashtamudi lake.Ac.E1.B/113/Zoo/14435 dated 14/06/2013On goingRGNF
6Suja.SEffects of carbomate pesticides and cadmium, lead heavy metals on fresh water murrel, Channa straita (Bloch, 1793).AcE1.B3/11801/Zoo/2014 dated 25/10/2014On goingRGNF
7Mary Rinju.RStudies on the pearl oyster pinctada fucata (Gould 1850) with special emphasis on image pearl production.AcE1.B3/11677/Zoo/2014 dated 19/01/2015On goingUniversity Fellowship
8Fiona PauloseStudies on seasonal variation in, food and feeding of Oxyurichthys tendacularis (Valenciennes, 1837).AcE1V1/715/Zoo/13124 dated 28/11/2015On goingUniversity Fellowship
9Lekshmi Priya.VSelected heavy metal pollution load on commercially important shell fishes – Scylla serrata, Paphia malabarica and Penaeus monodon of Ashtamudi lake.AcEVI/116/Zoo/13995 dated 14/12/2016On goingUniversity Fellowship
10Nisha Thomas.PSalinity tolerance of a fresh water fish Etroplus suratensis to pesticides and heavy metals, with special reference to osmoregulation and haematology. On goingNIL

Details of Research Scholars under the Guideship of Dr. Akhila Thomas Department of Zoology

SI NOName of ScholarStatusName of Fellowship
1Jasmine AnandcompletedUniversity Felowship
2Salini M PcompletedE Grants
3Jayasree ScompletedNIL
4Shine FOngoingNIL
5Dhanya Raj DOngoingKerala University Fellowship

Details of Research Scholars under the Guideship of Dr. Mary Teresa P Miranda Department of Zoology

SI NOName of ScholarStatusName of Fellowship
1Sunitha ScompletedKerala University Felowship
2Mary Nirmala BorgiacompletedNIL
3Sreelekshmi ScompletedKerala University Felowship
4Mumthas YOngoingKerala University Felowship
5Lekshmi SOngoingKerala University Fellowship
6AmbiliOngoingRGNF
7ReenamolOngoingRGNF
8Naziya RasheedOngoingUGC – JRF
9Sinu J  VargheseOngoingNIL

Details of Research Scholars under the Guideship of Dr. P J Sarlin,  Department of Zoology

SI NOName of ScholarStatusName of Fellowship
1Jenniffer Ann Thomas Ongoing CSIR – AcEVI/119/ZOO/19385/2019
2Gayathry S OngoingE Grant – AcVI/119/ZOO/18723/2019
3Megha M Ongoing UGC – AcEVI/119/ZOO/19410/2019

Ph.D  DEGREE AWARDED IN THE DEPARTMENT

S.NoCandidate nameGuides NamesTitle of the thesisYear
1Joseph MDr. V. R. Prakasam “Ecobiology of Sasthamcottah lake.1995
2Johnson Pius  Dr. V. R. Prakasam Studies on the Scales of Fishes (Teleostei Perciformes.).1998
3George D’CruzProf.P. J. Thomas Effect of KMML Titanium Dioxide Industrial Effluents on the Biota of Chavara – Ponmana Area of Kollam1999
4Saya BDr. M. C. Subash PeteStress and Ionic Regulation in the Perch, Anabas Testudineus Bloch : Role of Thyroid Hormones2000
5Usha SDr. V. R. Prakasam Studies on the Fins of Carp Fishes (Cyprinus carpio, Labeo rohita, Catla Catla) used in Polycultur2001
6Sheela . SDr. Sr. Soosamma KavumpurathGene transfer Studies in Fishes”   2004
7Mukundan .T .KDr. Ignatius .J“Biology of Ambassis gymnocephalus2013
8Sunitha .SDr. Mary Teresa P Miranda“”The Biology and Ecology of Termites of Kerala, India, with special reference to Odontotermes obesus2013
9Mano Mohan AntonyDr. Ignatius .JEcophysiology of Etroplus Suratensis at Various regions of Astamudi lake.”2013
10Jasmine AnandDr. A . Akhila ThomasStudies on the Immunomodulatory Potentials of Certain Phytonutrients on Macrobrachium Rossenbergii2015
11Anupriya SamuelDr. Valsa JacobROLE OF SEROTONIN AND HYDROGEN SULFIDE IN NEURONAL ION TRANSPORT DURING STRESS ACCLIMATION OF CLIMBING PERCH (Anabas testudineus Bloch)2015
12Razeena Karim .LDr. sherly William .EECOBIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF AN ESTUARINE FISH – Liza parsia2015
13Sreelekshmy S.GDr. Mary Teresa P MirandaImpact of Titanium dioxide Industrial effluent on the marine fish Arius nenga (Hamilton 1822) along the coast of Chavara, Kollam, Kerala2016
14Vishnu Nair. M.S;Dr.Sherly Williams.ECAPTIVE BREEDING AND LARVAL REARING OF HYPSELOBARBUS KURALI OF KALLADA RIVER KULATHUPUZHA REGION, KOLLAM DISTRICT2016
15Jayasree.S;Dr. A. Akhila ThomasStudies on the effect of certain Phytonutrients on Oreochromis Mossambicus2016
16Salini.M.PDr. A. Akhila ThomasStudies on the effect of certain Phytonutrients on Macrobrachium rosenbergii2016
17Usha. N. SDr. F. George D’ CruzFish diversity of Ashtamudi lake, a Ramsar site at the South West Coast of India with reference to ecological factors2016
18Seethal Lal.SDr. Sherly WilliamsSTUDIES ON POLLUTION STATUS, FISH DIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION OF THREATENED FISHES IN VATTAKKAYAL, A PART OF ASHTAMUDI LAKE, SOUTH INDIA2016
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