Highest Academic degree, year




General Non-Chordata Section, Zoological Survey of India.

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Area of Expertise

Taxonomy: Octocorallia; Ecological Restoration of Coral Reefs

Experience after Ph. D.

10 years

Significant Achievements

- Restoration degraded coral reef habitats of Gulf of Kachchh, Gujarat.

- Contribution to the biodiversity studies of soft coral species.

- Research on marine biodiversity, coral reefs resilience studies



Research Focus

- Taxonomy and biodiversity studies on octocorals

- Coral reef restoration/coral transplantation/translocation

- Reef resilience assessment & resilience based coral reef management





- "Satyanarayana, Ch., R.Chandran, K.Ramkumaran, R.D.Kamboj, T.Shyamal, R. Rajkumar, B. Tripathy, Kailash Chandra, K. Venkataraman, J.S. Yogesh kumar and R.Senthil Kumaran,  2018. Ecological Restoration of Marginal Reefs " Published by Zoological Survey of India & Marine National Park, Jamnagar. Pp.93 (Book).

- “Satyanarayana, Ch., T.S. Christopher Roy, R.  Chandran, C. Sivaperuman, C.Raghunathan and Kailash Chandra, 2018. Status of coral resources of India and strategies for their protection and management. Published by Director. Zool. Sur.India, Kolkata, pp. 137” (Book)

- “Satyanarayana, Ch. R. Chandran, K. Ramkumaran, R. Rajkumar, B. Tripathy, K.Chandra, K. Venkataraman, Shyamal Tikadar, R.D. Kamboj and J.C. Nisha, 2017. Transplantation/ restoration of extirpated and threatened corals at Gulf of Kachchh - A marginalized reef region of India, with lessons for climate change mitigation, Published by Director. Zool. Sur. India, Kolkata, pp. 146.” (Book)

- “Chandran, R., R. Senthil Kumaran, D.T. Vasavada, N.N. Joshi and Osman G.Husen,2021.New distribution record of a true coralspecies, Psammocora contigua (Esper, 1794) from Gulf of Kachchh Marine National Park & Sanctuary, India, Journal of Threatended Taxa, 13(14): 20266-20271. (Journal Article)”

- “Lazarus, S., and R. Chandran, 2016. Occurrence of azooxanthellate  scleractinian corals off Goa, mid-west coast of India, Marine Biodiversity Records,9:78 (Journal Article)

Padmakumar, K., R. Chandran, 2012. Biodiversity of Octocorals. In: Coral reefs in India–status, threats and conservation measures. (Eds.J.D.Bhatt et al.) Ministry of Environment and Forests, Pp. 48-65. (Book Chapter)

Padmakumar,K.,R.Chandran, J.S.Yogesh Kumar and R. Sornaraj 2011.Carijoa rissei (Cnidaria: Octocorallia: Clavulariidae), a newly observed threat to Gulf of Mannar coral biodiversity? Current Science, 100: 35-37. (Journal Article)


- 12 research papers in SCI journals


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