Dr. Mahesh Mohan 

Assistant Professor 
School of Environmental Sciences,
Mahatma Gandhi University,
Priyadarsini Hills P.O.
Kottayam - 686 560

Mob:     +91 9447871596
E-mail: maheshmohan@mgu.ac.in

Web: www.mgu.ac.in; www.sesmgu.in

Research Guidance

PhD                : 4

MSc / MPhil : 38/10


Journal paper         - 49

Conference paper   - 56

Books / Chapter     - 7


Ph.D. : Studies on mercury pollution in Vembanadu Lake (2010) School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi
University, Kottayam

M.Sc. : Environment Management, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

B.Sc. : Chemistry, Mahatma GandhiUniversity


Area of Specialization: Environmental Pollution

Research Interests:

  • Polar Environmental Research
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Pollution
    • Mercury and other metal pollution in various ecosystems
    • Chemical transformations of metals in wetlands
    • Perchlorate contamination
    • Air Pollution
  • Applications of Stable isotopes in Environmental science
  • Forest Management - Ecohydrology, Ethnobotany, Litter degradation.


Recent Publications :

1. Mahesh Mohan, U. Sreelakshmi, M.K. Vishnu Sagar, V.G. Gopikrishna, G.G. Pandit, S.K. Sahu, M.Tiwari, P.Y Ajmal,  V.M. Kannan, M. Abdul Shukur, KP Krishnan (2018).  Metal Contamination Profile and Sediment Accumulation Rate of Arctic Fjords: Implications from a Sediment Core, Kongsfjorden, Svalbard. Marine Pollution Bulletin.131(453-459)

2. S.N. Sruthi, Shyleshchandran M S., Mahesh Mohan, Ramasamy, E.V. (2018). Distribution of priority pollutants in the sediment of Vembanad Estuary, Peninsular India. Marine Pollution Bulletin.133:4294-303.

3. Binish Mechirackal Balan, Sruthy Shini, Kottekkattu P. Krishnan, Mahesh Mohan (2018). Mercury tolerance and biosorption in bacteria isolated from Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Arctic. Journal of Basic Microbiology, DOI: 10.1002/jobm.201700496 , January

4. Aswathy Jayakumar, Arathy Krishna, Mahesh Mohan, Indu C. Nair, E. K. Radhakrishnan (2018). Plant Growth Enhancement, Disease Resistance, and Elemental Modulatory Effects of Plant Probiotic Endophytic Bacillussp. Fcl1. Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12602-018-9417-8

5. M Tiwari, RC Bhangare, PY Ajmal, SK Sahu, GG Pandit, M Mohan (2017). Chronology assessment of sediment core from Kongsfjorden, Arctic using 210 Po/210 Pb dating techniques. Proceedings of the thirteenth DAE-BRNS nuclear and radiochemistry symposium, 2017

6. M.N. Shyleshchandran, Mahesh Mohan, E.V. Ramasamy (2017) Risk assessment of heavy metals in Vembanad Lake sediments (south-west coast of India), based on acid-volatile sulfide (AVS)-simultaneously extracted metal (SEM) approach. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-017-0997-8

7. K.K. Nejumal, Mahesh Mohan, K.P. Krishnan, D. Dineep, U.K. Aravind, C.T. Aravindakumar (2017) Presence of bisphenol S and surfactants in the sedimentsof Kongsfjorden: a negative impact of human activities in Arctic? Environ Monit Assess. 190:22.

8. M.P. Krishna and M. Mohan. (2017) Evalution of Phytoconstituents of Syzygium arnottianum Leaves. International Journal of  Pharmacognosy and Phytochemical Research 2017; 9(10); 1380-1385

9. Mahesh Mohan, Chandini P.K., K.P. Krishnan, Gopikrishna V.G., Sajin Kumar K. S. and Kannan V.M. (2017) Mercury fractionation in the sediments of Kongsfjorden, an Arctic Fjord, Svalbard, International Journal of Marine Sciences, Biopublishers, Canada, Vol.7, No.26, 260-271

10. Sijimol M. R., Mahesh Mohan, Gopikrishna V. G. and Dineep D. (2017). Perchlorate in drinking water around rocket manufacturing and testing facilities and firework manufacturing sites in Kerala, India. Energy Ecology and Environment ,DOI 10.1007/s40974-017-0055-x Springer



Research collaborations :

  • Arctic Environmental Research with ESSO NCAOR, MoES
  • National programme on Survey and exploration of Hydrothermal sulphide vents/ deposits in parts of Central and South-West Indian ridges, by ESSO-NCAOR, MoES
  • Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Programme, UGC, Government of India with Brown University, USA
  • Indian participant of the working group WP 1: Contaminant flow and deposition in the Kongsforden/Krossfjorden system of the Kongsjorden flagship programme, Svalbard, Norway.

Research Group :

Sl. No. Name Area Status
1. Joshy George Metal Pollution Awarded
2. Rogimon Molecular Taxonomy Awarded
3. Navya Cheriyan Mercury Geochemistry Awarded
4. Siji Mol M R Perchlorate Contamination Awarded
5. Krishna M B Forest Ecology Submitted
6. Binish M B Metal – Microbe Interaction On going
7. Abdul Shukkur M Air Pollution On going
8. Arun Sasi S Ethnobiology On going
9. Phebe Joseph Climate Change On going
10. Neethu Joy Phytochemistry On going
11. Kannan V M Ecotoxicology, Arctic On going
12. Gopikrishna V G Mercury Geochemistry, Arctic On going
13. Balu Balachandran Ecohydrology On going

Research projects (Completed):

1) DST-SERB Fast Track Project : Mercury geochemistry in agricultural wetland ecosystem

2) KSCSTE Project: Accumulation of mercury and cadmium in benthic food web of Cochin estuary- a stable isotope approach

3) Arctic Expedition: Mercury Geochemistry in the sediments of Kongsfjorden, Ny-Alesund, Arctic

4) DoECC, Govt. of Kerala – Student Project : Impact of Climate Change on the Mercury Geochemistry in a Tropical Wetland Ecosystem

5) DoECC, Govt. of Kerala – Student Project : Geochemistry of selected heavy metals in Kuttanad agricultural wetland ecosystem

6) KSCSTE- BTL Project (as scientist mentor) Evolution of Karamana river basin and its implications on hydrogeology: A geomatics approach using morphometric analysis

7) UGC Major Project: Mercury pollution in the sediments of Vembanad Wetland: a chronological approach

8) OSI 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Programme : An Interdisciplinary and Community Oriented Innovative Approach Towards Sustainable Development


1) Arctic Expedition : Long - Term Environmental Monitoring of Arctic Fjords

2) DoECC, Govt. Kerala : Perchlorate contamination of drinking water resources in Kerala

Visiting Positions:

1) Participated in Indian Arctic Expedition 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17
2) Team Leader of Indian Arctic Expedition, July Batch, 2015

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