Dr. K. Arulananthan assumed the position of director general at NARA on 07 May.

He has been an integral part of NARA's journey since 1992, serving as a permanent employee.

Holding the position of principal scientist and head of the division at the National Institute of Oceanography & Marine Sciences (NIOMS), Dr. Arulananthan has demonstrated exemplary leadership and expertise in his field.

Dr. Arulananthan's academic journey is a testament to his dedication and passion for oceanography.

He embarked on his educational pursuits by earning his first degree with distinction in Geology from the University of Mysore, India in 1988.

Building upon this foundation, he pursued his first Master of Science in Marine Geology from the University of Mangalore, India, graduating in 1990.

Continuing his quest for knowledge, Dr. Arulananthan pursued a second Master of Science in Physical Oceanography from the University of Göteborg, Sweden in 1994.

Undeterred by the challenges, he then went on to attain his PhD in Physical Oceanography from the same institution in 2003.

Throughout his academic and professional journey, Dr. Arulananthan has delved into various research fields, contributing significantly to the understanding of coastal oceanographic processes, water exchange in tropical lagoons and estuaries, ocean-atmospheric interaction, heat budget of the ocean, and the impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems.

His work stands as a beacon of excellence in the realm of oceanography, inspiring future generations of scientists to explore and protect our marine environments.



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