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Dr Mangesh Gauns bags CSIR Young Scientist Award 2005
Dr Mangesh Gauns
has been awarded CSIR Young Scientist Award for the year 2005 in Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences.
Dr Gauns is researching in NIO since 1994 in various temporary positions and joined on a permanent post of Scientist B in June 2002. During this period, he participated in international programme such as JGOFS (Joint Global Ocean Flux Studies) and the extention of JGOFS nationally known as BOBPS (Bay of Bengal Process Studies). These programmes provided Dr Gauns a new area for research. He showed that microzooplankton form a major pool of living carbon biomass especially in tropics, which at times even exceed that of mesozooplankton - indicating the importance of the former in the food web. He pointed out the existence of the 'microbial loop' in the stratified, low-chlorophyll waters of the Arabian Sea during the spring inter-monsoon period, and its role in maintaining the time-invariant mesozooplankton biomass popularly known as the "Arabian Sea mesozooplankton Paradox". His observations have important implications for the functioning of biological pump during spring intermonsoon, which is principally responsible for the sizable flux of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
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