Faculty Profile

Name and Position (Contact details):
Dr. Mahesh Mohan
Assistant Professor
School of Environmental Sciences,
Mahatma Gandhi University,
Priyadarsini Hills P.O.
Kottayam-686 560
E-mail - mahises@gmail.com

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


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:

Environmental pollution –Mercury and other metal pollution in various ecosystems, Polar environmental research, EIA, Perchlorate contamination, Ecotoxicology, Applications of Stable isotopes in Environmental science, Chemical transformations of metals in wetlands, Forest Management- biodiversity, ecohydrology, ethno botany, Litter degradation.

Selected Recent Publications (Max 10):
Total Number of papers : 43

1) 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

2) 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

3) Krishna M.P and Mahesh Mohan. Litter decomposition under forest ecosystems - a review, Energy Ecology and Environment , Energ. Ecol. Environ. (2017) 2(4):236–249, DOI 10.1007/s40974-017-0064-9Springer

4) Ramasamy EV, Jayasooryan KK, Shylesh Chandran MS, Mahesh Mohan . (2017) Total and Methyl Mercury in the Water, Sediment and Fishes of Vembanad, a Tropical Backwater System, India, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 189:130

5) Sijimol MR, Mahesh Mohan, Dineep D (2016) Perchlorate contamination in Bottled and Other Drinking Water Sources of Kerala, Southwest coast of India. Energy Ecology and Environment, Energ. Ecol. Environ. (2016) 1(3):148–156, Springer

6) C. Navya, V.G. Gopikrishna, V. Arunbabu & Mahesh Mohan. (2015). Distribution and fractionation of mercury in the soils of a unique tropical agricultural wetland ecosystem, southwest coast of India. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2015) 187:749. DOI 10.1007/s10661-015-4972-x

7) M. R. Sijimol, S. Jyothi, A.P. Pradeepkumar, M.S. Shylesh Chandran, and Mahesh Mohan. (2015). A Review on Fate, Toxicity and Remediation of Perchlorate, Environmental Forensics, 16:2, 125-134, Taylor & Francis

8) Bhagyalekshmi S., Mahesh Mohan, Sreedharan K., Ajaykumar B. (2015), Evaluation of the factors controlling the spatial distribution of soil piping: a case study from the Southern Western Ghats, India. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Springer DOI 10.1007/s12517-015-1793-8

9) Joshy George, Ebhin Masto, Lal Chand Ram, T. B. Das, Tofan Rout; Mahesh Mohan. (2014). Assessment of human exposure risk from soil heavy metals near a coal fired power plant, Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 68:3, pp 451-461,Springer DOI 10.1007/s00244-014-0111-x

10) Sijimol MR and Mahesh Mohan. (2014). Environmental Impacts of Perchlorate with Special Reference to Fireworks - A Review, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 186:7203–7210 Springer. DOI 10.1007/s10661-014-3921-4

11) Mahesh Mohan, MS Shylesh Chandran, KK Jayasooryan, EV Ramasamy. (2014). Mercury in the sediments of Vembanad Lake, Western Coast of India. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 186:3321–3336 Springer. DOI 10.1007/s10661-014-3620-1

12) M.S. Shylesh Chandran, Sujatha S., Mahesh Mohan, J.M. Julka and E.V. Ramasamy. Earthworm diversity at Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Western Ghats, India. Biodiversity and Conservation-Springer (2012)

13) Mahesh Mohan, Deepa, M., E.V. Ramasamy and A.P. Thomas. 2011 Accumulation of mercury and other heavy metals in edible fishes of Cochin backwaters, Southwest India. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.DOI 10.1007/s1066/-011-2258-5, Springer

Research Group:

Research collaborations:

• Arctic Environmental Research with ESSO NCAOR, MoES

• Participant of Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Programme, UGC, Government of India with Brown University, USA

• Participant of major National programme on Survey and exploration of Hydrothermal sulphide vents/ deposits in parts of Central and South-West Indian ridges, by ESSO-NCAOR, MoES

• 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 projects (Ongoing and Completed):

1) DST-SERB Fast Track Project : Mercury geochemistry in agricultural wetland ecosystem (Completed on March 2015)

2) KSCSTE Project: Accumulation of mercury and cadmium in benthic food web of Cochin estuary- a stable isotope approach (Completed on March 2015)

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

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

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

6) KSCSTE- BTL Project (as scientist mentor) Evolution of Karamana river basin and its implications on hydrogeology: A geomatics approach using morphometric analysis (Completed December 2016)

7) UGC Major Project: Mercury pollution in the sediments of Vembanad Wetland: a chronological approach (Completed January 2016)

8) University-Industry collaborative program: Design and Develop of Rapid Cooling Deep Freezers” (ongoing)

9) 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:

Other Research Experiences (Within or abroad India):
Participated in Indian Arctic Expedition 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17
Team Leader of Indian Arctic Expedition, July Batch, 2015

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