Dr. Rajeev Raghavan (Lab PI) (see more)

Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries Resource Management 

South Asia Chair, IUCN SSC Freshwater Fish Specialist Group & IUCN Freshwater Fish Red List Authority Coordinator for Asia/Oceania,

Google Scholar; Research Gate; IUCN SSC; Mahseer Trust

Dr. Arya Sidharthan (Research Associate/Affiliate Scientist)

Google Scholar

Anoop VK (PhD candidate)

Thesis title: Taxonomy and systematics of the Western Ghats hillstream loach genus, Mesonoemacheilus

Google Scholar

Akshaya A (PhD candidate)

Thesis title: Systematic conservation planning and identification of freshwater protected areas in the Southern Western Ghats

Shalu Kannan (Co-supervised PhD candidate)

Thesis title: Taxonomy and conservation of syngnathid fishes of India.

Abisha C (PhD candidate) 

Thesis title: Shark conservation on the south-west coast of India

Lekiningroy Dann (PhD candidate)

Thesis title: Taxonomy of freshwater fishes of Eastern Himalaya

Krishnaprasad P.H (Research Fellow)

Project: Conservation of mahseer fishes of Kerala 

Remya L Sundar (Lab Manager)


Previous Members

Dr. Unmesh Katwate (PhD Student 2016 – 2023) – currently at the Srushti Conservation Foundation, India

Rayees Mohammed (Master of Fisheries Science/MFSc, 2021-2023)

Anju Joseph (Junior Research Fellow 2021-2022)

Ravi Kiran (Master of Fisheries Science/MFSc, 2020-2022) – currently with CP Aquaculture Pvt. Ltd, Bhimavaram, India

Ryan Babu (Master of Fisheries Science/MFSc, 2020-2022; Senior Research Fellow, 2022-2023)

Mohammed Naeem (Master of Fisheries Science/MFSc, 2019-2021) – currently Researcher at the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Kochi, India

Smrithy Ramadasan (2019-2020) – currently PhD candidate at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, India

Ashley Shaji (2019-2020) – currently Master of Science in Research (MRes) candidate at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Ashna Shanmughan (Master of Fisheries Science/MFSc, 2018-2019) – currently PhD candidate at the ICAR – Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, India

Sruthymol, UM (Master of Fisheries Science/MFSc, 2018-2019) – currently Fisheries Officer with the Kerala State Fisheries Department 

Rahul Rajan (Master of Fisheries Science/MFSc, 2018-2019) – currently Research Fellow at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi, India

Seethalakshmi Sanil (Master of Fisheries Science/MFSc, 2018-2019) – currently Executive Assistant at the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad, India

Dr. Mubarak M (Master of Fisheries Science/MFSc, 2017-2018) – currently Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), Keelung, Taiwan

Shubra Singh (Visiting MFSc Student 2018 – Master of Fisheries Science in Fish Genetics, Central Institute of Fisheries Education/CIFE, Mumbai, October 2018)

Sanniya Sekhar (Intern – August/September 2018 – Master of Science in Biodiversity & Ecosystem Management, University of Camerino, Italy)

Anju CV (Master of Science in Marine Biology, 2016-2018)

Eldho PS (Master of Fisheries Science/MFSc, 2016-2017) – currently PhD candidate at the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Kochi, India

Dr. Sangeetha Nair (Visiting PhD Student, Central Institute of Fisheries Education/CIFE, Mumbai, February/March 2017) – currently Scientist at the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrackpore, India 

Parul Gurjar (Visiting PhD Student, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, December 2016) 

Rufus T (Master of Fisheries Science/MFSc, 2015-2016) – currently Fisheries Assistant at the Department of Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh

Richu A (Master of Science in Biological Oceanography and Biodiversity, 2015-2016)


We believe that success in science comes through collaboration and therefore much of our research is born and progress through joint effort. Here is a list of collaborators and research buddies with whom we work on collaborative projects and jointly publish scientific papers. 

Neelesh Dahanukar, School of Life Sciences, Shiv Nadar Insitute of Eminence, Delhi NCR

Siby Philip, Department of Zoology, Nirmalagiri College, Kannur, India

Anvar Ali, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Kochi, India

Sanjay Molur, Zoo Outreach Organization (ZOO), Coimbatore, India

Bijukumar A, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India

Rameshori Yumnam, Department of Life Sciences, Manipur University, India 

Ralf Britz, Senckenberg Natural History Museum, Dresden, Germany

Steven J. Cooke, Institute of Environmental Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Jörg Freyhof, Natural History Museum, Berlin, Germany

Kazunori Yamahira, Nishihara Station, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

Ranjeet K, Department of Aquatic Environment Management, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Kochi, India

Adrian C. Pinder, University of Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom

Binoy V.V, National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, India

Josin Tharian, Department of Zoology, St. John’s College, Anchal, India

Suresh Kumar, School of Ocean Science and Technology, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Kochi, India

Benno Pereira, Department of Zoology, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, India

Nadeem Qadri, The Nature University, Srinagar, India

Nikhil Sood, India Gills, Bangalore, India

C.P. Arjun, Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Thiruvananthapuram, India 

D.B. Gurung, College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan, Lobesa, Bhutan

Derek D’souza, International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) and Mahseer Trust