Nithyanandan M

I completed a BSc degree in Zoology (with Industrial Fisheries as specialization) from the Madras Christian College (Chennai, India) and an MSc in Oceanography and Coastal Area Studies from Alagappa University (Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India). I was subsequently Research Fellow at the Marine Biological Station of the Zoological Survey of India, Chennai, in the All India co-ordinated project on Marine Biodiversity of East Coast of India and later a technical assistant with the National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India.

I am currently based at the Al-Khiran Pearl City Project at Kuwait as an Environmentalist, studying the re-colonization of marine biota in man made beaches and islands of Kuwait. My research interests are in diversity and ecology of coral reef associated echinoderms with special reference to sea cucumbers (Holothurians); coral diversity, distribution and ecology; ecology of seaweed associated epifauna and seagrass monitoring & restoration methods. I am also a PADI certified open water diver.

Selected Publications

1. Nithyanandan, M. 2003. Sea cucumbers - a resource in Peril, SAMUDRA, 36: 24 – 26.

2. Kannapiran,E. & M.Nithyanandan. 2002. Antibacterial activity of different fractions of extracts from Palk Bay seaweeds. Seaweed Research and Utilization, 24(1): 177-181.

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