Dr. Pavanasam Natarajan
Fellow, Elected 1997

Born in Parakkai, India on 26 September 1943. Educated at S.M.S.M. High School, Suchindrum, 1957-60; S.T. Hindu College, Nagercoil, 1960-65; Annamalai University, 1966-68; University of Kerala, Trivandrum, 1968-73. B.Sc. 1966; M.Sc. 1968; Ph.D. 1975; D.Sc. 2000.

Professor of Environmental Science and Director, Centre for Aquaculture Training, Education, Extension and Research (CATER), Ambo University, Ethiopia, 2008 to date.

Instructor and Assistant Professor (Fisheries), College of Fisheries, UAS, Mangalore, 1972-79; Associate Professor and Head, College of Fisheries and Research Institute, TNAU, Tuticorin, 1979-85; Professor and Head, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, 1985-2003; Dean Faculty of Science, University of Kerala, 1988-2000; Director, ICBM, MCC, Kaliakkavilai, 2003-2006; Honorary Professor, University of Kerala, 2003-2005; Professor, Rajiv Gandhi Chair in Contemporary Studies (UGC-MHRD- Institution), Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, 2006-2008.

Awards/Honours: Commonwealth Foundation Award, 1980; British Council Visitorship Award, 1988; Indo-US Fulbright Award, 1988; Senior Scientists Awards (Indian Society of Environmental Sciences, 1987, Zoological Society of India, 1988, Indian Society of Life sciences, 1988); British Council Scholarship, 1994; All India Congress of Zoology Gold Medal, 1999; Bale Rao Gold Medal, 2000; Dutta Munshi Gold Medal, 2002; INSA-NAST Visiting Professor to Philippines, 2002; TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Award 2003 & 2006; Ethiopian President's Gold Medal for Life-time Achievement Award, 2011. Member Senate, Kerala University (1986-88); Served as Member, State Committee on Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Kerala; Member, Biodiversity Board, Government of Kerala; Executive Council Member, State Committee on Science, Technology and Environment; Task Force Member on Natural Resources and High Power Committee on Wetland Management and Fisheries Policy for the State of Kerala; Member, Fisheries Advisory Board, Department of Fisheries, Government of Kerala; Member Research Advisory Committee (RAC) (Fisheries), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Govt. of India; Senior Consultant, NTPC, WAPCOS, New Delhi and Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), Trivandrum; International Aquaculture Consultant, Saudi Fisheries, Saudi Arabia; Serving as Scientific Advisor, International Foundation for Science, Sweden; Member, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore.

Fellow: Zoological Society of India; National Academy of Environmental Sciences, India; Society of Biosciences, India.

Research Areas: Fisheries and Aquaculture, Fish Pathology, Biodiversity Conservation and Management, Land Degradation and Watershed Management, Environmental Impact Assessment

Address: Professor and Director, Department of Biology, Ambo University, P.O Box 19, West Shoa, Ethiopia; 20/40, Sivasakthi, Edaitheru, Kuzhithurai, District: Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu; [Tel: Cell: 00251-0912440799 (Ethiopia); Res. (04651) 262862 (India); Fax: 00251-011-2-36-20-37; Email: drpnatarajan123@gmail.com]