NCAOR Staff - Dr. Ravidas K Naik

Dr. Ravidas K Naik

Project Scientist III
Department Name : Ocean Observations and Modelling
Desk No : +91-832-2525693

Field Of Specilization : (i) Phytoplankton Taxonomy and Phenology; (ii) Harmful algal Blooms (iii) Microplastic and mitigation measures
Current Research Activities : (i)Phytoplankton community structure and its response to climatic variability, at Indian Sector of Southern Ocean, (ii) Working on simple technique to mitigate microplastic from global oceans

Academic Record

  • 2004-2010: PhD "Studies on phytoplankton with reference to dinoflagellates”, Marine Science department, Goa University.
  • 2001-2003: M.Sc – Marine Biology, Karnatak University.



  • 2016- Awarded with second best oral presentation in Hindi scientific presentation at NCAOR. 
  • 2015- Awarded with second best poster presentation in national Hindi scientific presentation at INCOIS, Hyderabad.
  • 2011- Exemplary annual service award by NIO Goa. 
  • 2008 - Awarded with gold medal for best poster at international conference on Biofouling and Bioinvasion, NIO, Goa.
  • 2008 - Awarded with CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship 
  • 2007 – POGO-SCOR fellow
  • 2005 – NF-POGO  fellowship

Research Area

Tiny microscopic algae, present in all aquatic bodies, are responsible for almost 50% of photosynthetic activities on the planet Earth, are called Phytoplankton. These tiny players fuel the entire marine food chain, hence any changes in their community structure will reflect/interlinked to higher level in the ecosystem.   So, to understand the biological response of any marine ecosystem, the study of phytoplankton community structure would be the fundamental step. Currently, I am trying to understand the community variations in the Indian sector of Southern Ocean.

Professional Record


  • 2022- Project Scientist III, NCPOR, Goa
  • 2018-2022: Project Scientist C, NCPOR, Goa
  • 2011-2018: Project Scientist B, NCPOR, Goa