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Dr. SWA Naqvi takes charge as Director CSIR-NIO
Dr. Syed Wajih Ahmad Naqvi
, Outstanding Scientist and Acting Director of the CSIR - National Institute of Oceanography has taken over the position of the Director on 8 April 2013.
Dr. Naqvi has been working on the biogeochemistry of the oceans. His current research largely focuses on the effects of human-induced changes on marine biogeochemistry and ecosystems. He specializes on processes in aquatic low-oxygen zones, especially microbially-mediated redox transformations of nitrogen such as denitrification and nitrous oxide production. He demarcated the zone of denitrification, the dominant process of reactive nitrogen loss, in the Arabian Sea, studied its variability in space and time, and determined its rate using several diverse physico-chemical, isotopic and enzymatic techniques. His work provided new insights into processes associated with suboxic ecosystems, including high respiration rates and associated bacteria-produced turbid layers, and mechanisms of nitrous oxide production. He demonstrated that human activities are causing an increase of nitrous oxide emission from the oceans.
Dr Naqvi has been conferred with several prestigious awards including Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Earth Sciences (1996). He is Fellow of all three science academies of India - the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (1994), the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, (2001) and National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad (2002). He has also been elected as the Fellow of Third World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, Italy (2008).
Dr. Naqvi has been working in the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in various capacities since 1974, and guided many students for their doctoral studies. He has authored over 147 research papers. He is also serving as the Chief Editor of an international journal, Biogeosciences, and as associate editor of Marine Biology and Aquatic Biology.
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