Gauri A. Mahadik


Postdoctoral Fellow



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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 Interest

​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)