Research Areas

We are interested in interdisciplinary research that focuses on generating information and developing methods to support conservation decision making in aquatic ecosystems. Our work cuts across multiple disciplines from taxonomy to evolutionary biogeography, fisheries management and conservation policies, and range from local to global scales. Much of our work over the last 15 years have focused on freshwater ecosystems, but recent and on-going research spans the entire aquatic spectrum from freshwater to estuarine, and coastal to coral reef ecosystems.                                                                

Current research is focused on five major themes:

Taxonomy, systematics and evolutionary biogeography of aquatic fauna

• Biology and population dynamics of endemic and threatened freshwater fish species

Biodiversity, livelihood impacts and sustainable management of inland fisheries

Protected areas and its effectiveness in conserving freshwater biodiversity 

Conservation assessments, extinction risk and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species


Research Opportunities 

We welcome enquires from enthusiastic young scholars looking for opportunities to further their research career in aquatic biodiversity conservation. Currently, there is no vacant PhD position and new openings are expected only in 2020/2021. Potential postdoctoral applicants (with at least 2 papers in SCI Journals) can contact Rajeev Raghavan to discuss opportunities for funding through the DST-SERB, KSCSTE or other similar national/international fellowship programs. Undergraduate and graduate students of biology are welcome to apply for summer training/internship opportunities for 1-2 months. There are also potential volunteering opportunities with existing PhD student projects, for which enquiries may be addressed directly to the candidate whose work is of interest.