Ananya Ashok

PhD Students

PhD student



Building 2, Level 2, 2247-WS05


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 Interest

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 Membership

​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)

Research Interests Keywords

Marine ecology Environmental pollution