Biological Oceanography Lab
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Gauri A. Mahadik


Postdoctoral Fellow


My primary research interest is plankton ecology. I have focused my research around zooplankton mainly copepods, their taxonomy, small-scale behavior, adaptations, grazing in relation to abiotic and biotic variables of the pelagic system. Recently I have also extended my research area to study behavior of marine insects and effects of microplastics on corals and fish.

Research Interests

Marine ecology, zooplankton, behavior, copepods

Selected Publications

Mahadik, G. A., Castellani, C. & Mazzocchi, M. G. Effect of diatom morphology on the small-scale behavior of the copepod Temora stylifera (Dana, 1849) J. Exp. Mar. Bio. Ecol. 493, 41–48 (2017).


​Ph.D., Life and biomolecular sciences, Open University of London, 2014

M.Sc., Zoology, University of Mumbai, 2007

Professional Profile

​2015 - present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

2014 - 2015: Postdoctoral fellow, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli, Italy  


​Doctoral Fellowship by Institute per L’Ambiente Marino Costiereo (IAMC) of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) (February 2011- February 2014).


KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)