Biological Oceanography Lab
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Ananya Ashok

PhD Students


My research studies the impacts of pollution with particular emphasis on persistent pollutants from oil on coastal-marine environments and their biota. By combining field studies and experiments, I decipher past trends in oil contamination, develop new analytical methods to trace oil pollution and study the effects of pollutants on key phytoplankton species. Further aims of my research are to characterize adaptation of phytoplankton to oil contamination in their environments, and experimentally determine how complex interactions between different environmental stressors such as warming and pollution could impact this.

Research Interests

Marine Ecology, Environmental pollution, Global Change, Oceanography

Selected Publications

Ashok, A., M. Cusack, V. Saderne, P. K. Krishnakumar, L. Rabaoui, M. A. Qurban, C. M. Duarte, and S. Agustí. Accelerated burial of petroleum hydrocarbons in Arabian Gulf blue carbon repositories. Science of the Total Environment 669: 205-212. 2019


Ph.D. Student, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2016 - present

M.Sc., Aquatic Environment Management, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education, India, 2015

Professional Profile

Senior Research Fellow, National Surveillance Program on Aquatic Animal Diseases, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education, India

Project Assistant II, DST Project on ‘Setting up of fingerprinting laboratory for oil spills’, Physical Oceanography Division, National Institute of Oceanography, India

Scientific and Professional Memberships

Professional Fisheries Graduates Forum of India


Indian Council of Agricultural Research – Junior Research Fellowship in Aquatic Environmental Management, 2013

Best Fisheries Graduate of India and H.P.C Shetty Award by Professional Fisheries Graduates Forum, 2013

Gold medalist in Bachelor of Fisheries Sciences, 2013 

Puratchi Thalaivi Dr. J Jayalalithaa Award for Best Outgoing Girl Student, 2013

British Council’ International Climate Champion, 2011

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)