Dr. Sangeeta M. Sonak

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Program Fellow
Field of Specialization: Environmental Policy, Regulations and Law
Name: Dr. Sangeeta M. Sonak
Official Address and Designation: Director
Centre for Natural Resource Management (CNRM) Srujan
A-G/26, Kamat Arcade
Caranzalem, Goa, 403002
Telephone (O): 91-832-2431446  
E-mail: sangeeta.sonak@gmail.com
Duration of Grant: Three Months
Project Title: Control of Invasive Species transported by Fouling on Ship Hulls
Abstract of Project :
Invasive alien species (IAS) are argued to be the second-most important cause of biodiversity loss worldwide. I propose to develop a plan to control the introduction of IAS through ship fouling in the marine environment. During my Fulbright grant, I will develop a plan for the quantification of the degree of bio-fouling on a ship, which will act as a self regulation – policing strategy for the ship owners. I also plan to review international policies and create awareness regards IAS issues in the U.S. and thereafter, in India, upon my return. I plan to develop long term collaboration between Srujan and College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech. through joint venture programs and research projects.

Academic Background :
Ph.D Microbiology National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa 1999
M.Sc. Microbiology Bombay University, Mumbai 1987
B.Sc. Zoology Bombay University, Mumbai 1985
Professional Background :
Director CNRM, Srujan, Goa 2008–till date
Fellow The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Goa 2002–2008
Research Associate The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Goa 1999–2002
Fellow and Area Convener (In-Charge) Western Regional Centre The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Goa 2004-2007
Dr. Sangeeta M. Sonak