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Dr. SWA Naqvi, Director, CSIR-NIO receives Dr. HN Siddiquie Memorial Lecture Award
Dr. SWA Naqvi, Director, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), was conferred with Dr. HN Siddique Memorial Lecture Award at the 50th Annual Convention of Indian Geophysical Union (IGU) held at National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad from 8-11 January 2014. The award includes a gold medal and citation. On this occasion, Dr. Naqvi delivered a lecture on “Ocean Iron Fertilization: An update based on LOHAFEX”. This award is instituted by (IGU) to honour scientists who have made outstanding contributions in the field of Earth System Science. The IGU is dedicated to serve the society, in general and geoscientific community in particular, and is attended by the leading earth system scientists from India and abroad.
Dr. Naqvi joined NIO in 1976 and has carried out research in various topics such as biogeochemistry of the oceans, nutrient cycling as well as human induced stresses on oceans including deoxygenation, eutrophication and acidification. Dr. Naqvi has carried out pioneering research on biogeochemical processes in aquatic low-oxygen environments, especially microbially-mediated redox transformations of nitrogen such as denitrification in the seas around India and terrestrial freshwater ecosystems. He demarcated the zone of denitrification 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 nepheloid layers, and mechanisms of nitrous oxide production. He demonstrated that human activities are causing an increase of nitrous oxide emission from the oceans. He also successfully led LOHAFEX, the last Ocean Iron Fertilization Experiment, conclusively demonstrating that the potential of this technique for atmospheric CO2 sequestration is not very large. As per Google Scholar to date Dr. Naqvi’s work has been cited 4090 times. He has an h-Index of 35 and an i10-index of 69.
Dr. Naqvi is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as Young Scientist Awards by CSIR (1987) and MAAS (1992); Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize in Earth Sciences (1996); Vigyan Ratna by UP Government (2004); National Award for Ocean Science & Technology (2013) and PSN National Award for Excellence in Science and Technology (2013). He is a fellow of all three national science academies as well as of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Dr. Naqvi has edited/co-authored 4 books/monographs/special volumes and has 153 other publications to his credit (117 in international and 36 in national literature). He has also been invited to deliver lectures at several national and international conferences including keynote addresses and a presentation before the UN General Assembly. He has supervised Ph.D. work of 6 students and is presently guiding 4 students for Ph.D. Dr. Naqvi is an associate editor of Marine Biology and Aquatic Biology and an editor-in-chief of Biogeosciences.
For detailed CV: http://www.nio.org/index/option/com_researcherdisplay/task/show/tid/2/sid/69/rid/431
Congratulations to Dr. Naqvi.
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