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Sreejith Kottuparambil

Postdoctoral Fellows


My research interests are in the areas of ecotoxicology and algal ecophysiology. A central theme of my current research is the investigation on toxic effects of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in phytoplankton in the Red Sea. Atmospheric input of PAHs into marine environments is significantly high and there is a growing concern on their impacts on ecosystem structure and function. The research emphasizes on the PAH toxicity responses in phytoplankton, their ecological fates and analytical method development for effective monitoring

Research Interests

Ecotoxicology, Phycology, Algal ecophysiology, Chlorophyll fluorescence

Selected Publications

      PAHs sensitivity of picophytoplankton populations in the Red Sea. Kottuparambil, S., Agusti, S. Environmental Pollution 239, 607-616 (2018)

      Comparative assessment of single and joint effects of diuron and Irgarol 1051 on Arctic and temperate microalgae using chlorophyll a fluorescence imaging. Kottuparambil, S., Brown, M.T., Park, J., Choi, S., Lee, H., Choi, H.-G., Depuydt, S., Han, T. Ecological Indicators 76, 304-316 (2017).

     Ultraviolet radiation and cyanobacteria. Rastogi, R.P., Sinha, R.P., Moh, S.H., Lee, T.K., Kottuparambil, S., Kim, Y.-J., Rhee, J.-S., Choi, E.-M., Brown, M.T., Häder, D.P., Han, T. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 141, 154-169 (2014).

    Potential applications of nuisance microalgae blooms. Kim, J.K., Kottuparambil, S., Moh, S.H., Lee, T.K., Kim, Y.-J, Rhee, J.-S., Choi, E.-M., Kim, B.H., Yu, Y.J., Yarish, C., Han, T. Journal of Applied Phycology, 27, 1223-1234 (2014).

      A rapid phenol toxicity test based on photosynthesis and movement of the freshwater flagellate, Euglena agilis Carter. Kottuparambil, S., Brown, M.T., Han, T. Aquatic Toxicology, 155, 9-14 (2014).

     Single and interactive effects of the antifouling booster herbicides Diuron and Irgarol 1051 on photosynthesis in the marine cyanobacterium, Arthrospira maxima. Kottuparambil, S., Lee, S., Han, T. Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences, volume 5, 71-81, (2013)

     Effects of UV-B on photosynthesis, motility and reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels of the freshwater flagellate, Euglena agilis Carter. Kottuparambil, S., Brown, M.T., Han, T. Aquatic Toxicology, issue 122-123, 206-213, (2012)     

     Comparative water quality assessment of two river basins of Kerala employing plankton and benthic analysis. Kottuparambil, S., Rajeesh Kumar, M. P., Harikumar, P.S. Indian journal of environmental science and ecoplanning, October, (2008)


​B.Sc., Zoology, Calicut University, Kerala, India, 2003
M.Sc., Environmental Science, Calicut University, Kerala, India, 2005
Ph.D., Life Sciences, Incheon National University, Incheon, South Korea, 2012

Professional Profile

​2006-2008: Junior Research Fellow, Center for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM), Calicut, Kerala, India
2012-2014: Postdoctoral fellow, Incheon national University, Incheon, South Korea
2015-2016: Research Consultant, WDRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
2016-present: Postdoctoral fellow, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Memberships

Korean Society of Phycology


M.Sc. Environmental Science first rank at Calicut University, India (2005)

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)