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School of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Erstwhile Departments of (i) Earth Sciences, and (ii) Marine Sciences


Chandrashekher U. Rivonker
Professor of Marine Sciences

Vice-Dean (Academic)

Anthony Arthur A. Viegas
Associate Professor of Earth Science

Vice-Dean (Research)

Vishnu Murty Matta
Professor of Marine Sciences

Year of Establishment : 2019

Office Phone : +91-8669609198

Email : [email protected]


The School of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is established by the amalgamation of two departments that are related to planetary studies, viz., Earth Science (established in 1986) and Marine Sciences (1985) to deliver better together. Both these departments have a glorious past that would be carried forward to this school.
The significant coupling between lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and cryosphere necessitated a holistic approach to study earth system science rather than addressing each component of the earth system separately. The earth system is highly dynamic. The daunting task of Oceanographers, Earth Scientists, and Atmospheric Scientists are to understand the complex dynamics and wade through the present crisis of climate change and thus to create a sustainable environment for the human to survive.
The focus of the school is to provide quality education and research in earth system science steered through an integrated approach with a view to the deciphering process for sustainable development.
Since we have framed our syllabi in tandem with the NET syllabus, our pedagogy makes the courses offered by the school as the most favored in post graduating earth system science. The courses offered are strongly inter-disciplinary.
The research funding from external agencies are not only a measure of research quality but also a good judgment of the acclaim our faculty members held in academic and research arena. By this metric, we are doing well, as our school has the largest external cash flow amongst the science faculty in GU.
Funding is mainly from Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOEs), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Naval Research Board (NRB), University Grants Commission (UGC) along with Department of Science and Technology (DST). From the Academic year 2020 – 2021, the school plans to introduce a PG programme in Atmospheric Science. Outstanding faculty members will be recruited to carry out teaching and research for this programme. This will enable the school to have a strong inter-disciplinary faculty by the end of 2021. In addition to PG programmes, the school will provide the need-based certificate and PG diploma courses. Students registering for the Ph.D. degree will have the option to get a degree in any branch of the earth system science viz; Marine Science (Physical Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Marine Biology, Marine Geology), Atmospheric Science, Hydrography, Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System, Polar Science and Environmental Science.

Thrust areas:

• Aerosol and Radiative Forcing
• Air-sea Interactions
• Application of GIS & Remote Sensing
• Aquatic Chemistry
• Coastal Water Optics
• Environmental Studies
• Estuarine Chemistry and Geochemistry
• Fisheries and Aquaculture
• Igneous Petrology and Volcanology
• Indian Summer Monsoon
• Marine Biodiversity and Ecology
• Marine Chemistry
• Marine Geology
• Modern Sedimentology
• Ocean Circulation
• Petroleum Geology
• Phytoplankton Ecology
• Seaweed Chemistry
• Sediment Geochemistry
• Sedimentology & Petroleum Geology of Mesozoic Basins
• Statistical Geology

Academic programmes leading to a Degree / Diploma / Certificate :

Programme Programme Director Intake
M.A. Environmental ScienceTime Table | Syllabus B.P. Sarath Chandran16
M.Sc. Applied GeologyTime Table | Syllabus | Revised Syllabus Anthony Arthur A. Viegas25
M.Sc. Environmental ScienceTime Table | Syllabus Sheryl Oliveira Fernandes16
M.Sc. Marine MicrobiologyTime Table | Syllabus | Revised Syllabus Priya Mallika D'Costa-
M.Sc. Marine SciencesTime Table | Syllabus Aftab A.S. Can25
M.Phil. Earth Science--
M.Phil. Marine SciencesSyllabus -5
Ph.D. Earth Science--
Ph.D. Marine Sciences--


Name Designation Areas of Interest
Arjun AdhikariResearch AssociateCoastal Oceanography, Measuring and investigating turbulence in estuarine and coastal waters, Remote Sensing and Laboratory Analyses
Aftab A.S. CanAssistant ProfessorAir-sea interactions, Indian Summer monsoon, ocean circulation.
Priya Mallika D'CostaAssistant ProfessorMarine Microbiology, Interactions Between Bacteria and Phytoplankton, Diatom Diversity, Biofilms
Varada Samir DamareAssistant ProfessorMarine Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Marine Protists, Microbial Bioprospecting, Bioremediation, Trophic Interactions
Sheryl Oliveira FernandesAssistant ProfessorMarine microbial ecology; Marine biogeochemistry
Sohini GangulySERB Research ScientistIgneous Petrology, Volcanology and Geochemistry
Pooja P. GhadiAssistant ProfessorPolar Micropaleontology, Paleoclimate, Structural Geology
Niyati KalangutkarAssistant ProfessorIgneous Petrology and Volcanology
Mahender KothaProfessorSedimentology & Petroleum Geology of Mesozoic Basins; Application of GIS & Remote Sensing in Earth Sciences
Nikita Pradip LotlikarAssistant ProfessorMicrobial biochemistry, Molecular biology and Marine Mycology
Vishnu Murty MattaProfessorMarine Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Seaweed Chemistry
Mahesh M. MayekarAssistant ProfessorGroundwater Geology, Igneous Petrology
Harilal B. MenonSenior ProfessorPhysical Oceanography, Coastal water optics, aerosol and radiative forcing, Radiative transfer modelling of visible spectrum of EMR, Optical remote sensing of coastal and estuarine waters
Sangeeta Mahableshwar NaikAssistant ProfessorMarine Biogeochemistry and Marine Ecology
Maheshwar R. NasnodkarAssistant ProfessorMarine Chemistry, Estuarine Geochemistry
G.N. NayakCSIR Emeritus ScientistMarine Geology, Modern Sedimentology, Sediment Geochemistry, Environmental Studies
Chanda Vikrant Parulekar BerdeAssistant ProfessorMicrobial bioremediation, Marine microbiology, microbial secondary metabolites, archaea, endophytic microorganisms
Chandrashekher U. RivonkerProfessorMarine Biodiversity and Ecology, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Phytoplankton Ecology
Poornima Rohan SawantAssistant ProfessorMineralogy, Geochemistry and Igneous Petrology
Avirup SenResearch AssociateStudy on the characterization and dynamics of atmospheric aerosols, Radiative Forcing, Aerosol chemistry
Nicole Ann Fae SequeiraAssistant ProfessorStructural Geology, Metamorphic Petrology and Precambrian Tectonics
Anthony Arthur A. ViegasAssociate ProfessorIgneous Petrology


The School is equipped with a rich infrastructure, mostly acquired under sponsored projects making a State-of-the-Art laboratory. Following list of the equipment would provide the glimpse of the infrastructure in the school.

  • Satlantic Radiometer
  • Absorption and attenuation instrurment (Ac-9)
  • WetSTAR CDOM flourometer
  • Three angle back-scattering meter
  • Automatic Weather station
  • Multiwavelength Radiometer for in-situ generation of aerosol
  • Aethalometer
  • Sunphotometer
  • UV-Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Meteorological tower with sensors
  • Flourometer
  • Quratz Crystal Microbalance (QCM)
  • Conductivity Temperture Depth measuring instrument (CTD)
  • Water sample analyzer
  • Cyclops-7F CDOM flouresence submersible logger

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  • Faculty and Infrastructure of Marine Science Programme
  • Geology Museum