School of Marine Sciences

Department of Marine Science


The department of Marine Science devours its virtuous starting from the year 2005 with prodigious exposure on different oceanographical research. The aim of the Department consists of providing inclusive knowledge to the students and researchers in the aspects of innumerable field of Oceanic Science with the contemporary progresses in worldwide. It has five experienced staff members and one Emeritus Professor with various specialization including Physical, Chemical, Biological, Geological Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences along with well estabilished laboratory. Research ongoing at this department in various fields includes Land-Ocean inetraction, Seawater desalination, Microbial diversity and pollution, Heavy metal pollution, Marine Biology, Marine Planktonology, Aquaculture Technology, Fisheries Science, DNA Barcoding of marine resources, Marine pollution, Marine bioactive compounds for Pharmaceutical appications, Global warming and Climate change, Paleo Oceanography etc. National and International collaboration through authorized MoU with CSIR-NIO (National Institute of Oceanography) Goa and ZMT (Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research) Bremen, Germany could sort the department to conserve research as advanced level. New coastal campus foundation at Arukattuthurai Village near Vedharanyam, Nagapattinam Dist., made dynamic nature for the department. Students with various cruise programme in association with Indian scientific vessels made more appropriate with advanced filed experience. The department students cleared various competetive exams like UGC-CSIR JRFs and CSIR-NET. They used to get their placement through various campus interviews in every year. National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO), Goa and Kochi campus; Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA-Govt. of India) Sirkazhi; National Centre for Coastal Research (MoES-NCCR) Chennai were recognized as Research Centres in Marine Science by Bharathidasan University.

The department organised 10 conference/workshops among 07 Hands on Training workshops with various inter-disciplinary field in marine science. It received INR 435 lakhs with various funding agencies on 20 research projects with an output of nearly 170 peer reviewed publications from Nature, PLoSone, Elsevier, Springer and Taylor&Francis group of journals. So far our department achieved a distinctive research breakthrough on development of intensive culture technology for marine copepods; Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS) as well as established novel Twin Layer Microalgae Immobilized Photobioreactor, which is first time in India. In addition, more than 100 BOLD submissions on Indian reef fishes were made and identified a new puffer fish (Arothron sp.) and yet to be named.