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Dr. Ram Kumar

I believe in activity oriented teaching of integrative organismal biology in which students are allowed to experimentally test their theoretical knowledge gained the class room. This enables them to appreciate the observational and experimental methods of study. I believe in active and interactive learning by ensuring frequent contacts with students. I have implemented a group project component in my classes to allow students to collaborate with one another. For example, during last session (2008-2009), a group of students conducted project on “Impact of invasive alien fish Gambusia on native community composition in freshwater ecosystem”. The report has been submitted to the MOEF, Government of India. As a teacher, I seek to help students learn more effectively by challenging them with problems and equipping them with critical thinking skills. My specific goals as a teacher are:

  1. To teach students how to gather, analyze and appreciate scientific facts and the relevant theories, arguments, evidence and counter-evidence;

  2. To equip students with the ability to analyze and think critically so that they can resolve problems they will face later in life.To fulfill my teaching goals, I employ the following teaching strategies:

Teach and learn” approach and “Inquiry- and evidence-based learning”

I often list a few key questions for students to work on and then briefly discuss the possible answers during the following class. These questions require students to unearth patterns, discover new facts and data and generate new concepts. Students, through working with these questions, become familiar with key concepts and learn the elemental tools of inquiry. Their answers have been collated, corrected and presented as project reports to the Principal, A. N. D. College, University of Delhi. Many students under my guidance (Swati Gupta in 2006; Lipsa Panda, 2009) have got first prize in the Inter College competition on ecological projects organized by the DOE, Government of NCT of Delhi.

As the study of ecological concepts is evidence-based, students must be able to justify why they accept or reject a particular concept or theory based only on existing evidence. I often present the existing evidence and possible justification when I explain complex and critical ecological facts and concepts. When students find evidence to support the theories learnt, these theories become more relevant and students remember them better.

 

 FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

 

Evolutionary and population ecology of marine and freshwater zooplankton, Ecological impact assessment and restoration of degraded wetlands, Bio -control and Bioremediation.

Our Mission “Save the Environment”

 

Firmly grounded in modern ecological science, I wish to examine and discuss conservation strategies at the species, population, community, ecosystem, and landscape level. My research interest is to assess various impacts of anthropogenic activities on aquatic communities to understand the causal factors of degradation of aquatic resources, and finally to investigate appropriate methods of conservation of aquatic biodiversity.

  • Related imageTo understand the mechanisms and processes important for the structure, biodiversity, and function of zooplankton community with reference to abiotic and biotic factors.
  • Related imageLife history traits in zooplankton with reference to food, competition and predation.

    Related imageUnderlying mechanisms responsible for induction and termination of dormancy in zooplankton.

    Related imageVector control by introducing bio-control agents and using biomanipulation approach;

    Related imageTo elucidate the diversity of the ground water invertebrates.

    Related imageTo assess the impact of anthropogenic activities on aquatic resources and conservation of aquatic biodiversity

 
 
 
 

 RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

 Image result for bullet textForaging behaviour of marine and fresh water copepods.

  • Image result for bullet textLife history traits in zooplankton with reference to food, competition  and predation.
  • Image result for bullet textEffect of hydrodynamic forcing on aquatic organisms.
  • Image result for bullet textTo understand the mechanisms and processes important for the structure, biodiversity, and function of zooplankton community with reference to abiotic and biotic factors.
  • Image result for bullet textEcological Impact assessment of discharge from Industries and outfalls in Freshwater and Marine ecosystem.
  • Image result for bullet textVector control by introducing bio-control agents and using biomanipulation approach.
  • Image result for bullet textUnderlying mechanisms responsible for induction and termination of dormancy in zooplankton.
  • Image result for bullet textTo assess the impact of anthropogenic activities on aquatic resources and conservation of aquatic biodiversity.
 
 

 
 
 

Firmly grounded in modern ecological science, I wish to examine and discuss conservation strategies at the species, population, community, ecosystem, and landscape level. My research interest is to assess various impacts of anthropogenic activities on aquatic communities to understand the causal factors of degradation of aquatic resources, and finally to investigate appropriate methods of conservation of aquatic biodiversity.

I wish to understand how the myriad of interactions among organisms have been shaping up biological communities and how the enormous diversity of life on the Earth evolved from the first microbe.

I endeavor to understand the mechanisms and processes important for the structure, biodiversity, and function of zooplankton with reference to abiotic and biotic factors. Until recently the role of ecology in environmental management has been more to warn of the damages of pollution than to propose the sustainable solution of different global and local problems. I wish to apply ecological theories to human welfare. I have been evaluating potential of copepods as biocontrol agents of disease vectors. I wish to explore the most suitable method of restoration of degraded aquatic ecosystems, and the application of ecological investigations for sustainable development. As part of preliminary studies students of B.Sc. Zoology Honors-II in the College have done summer projects on emergence of zooplankton and diversity of resting eggs in sediment egg bank in Bhalaswa Jheel, and in NTPC Jheel, Badarpur, Delhi.  Considering the Resting eggs as evolutionary and ecological archives of aquatic biodiversity in degraded wetlands we have studied the egg bank diversity in sediments of completely degraded Badhkal Lake, Haryana. The results have been produced as Student’s project report and submitted to the Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi. Our results indicate that a long-term comparative study of dormant egg bank in the bottom sediment and zooplankton in the water column will provide proper knowledge of previous and current biodiversity of zooplankton.