As a part of the proposal to establish collaboration with internationally reputed institutes under University Grants Commission’s (UGC) innovative programme, M.Sc. Conservation of Marine Environment, Dr. Matiss Zagars and Mr. Kalvis Grinvalds, Lead Researchers from Institute of Environmental Solutions in Latvia were on a 14 days visit of to V.O. Chidambaram College, Thoothukudi from 10.06.2014 to 23.06.2014. They are experts working on ecosystem functioning studies pertaining to Lakes and mangroves in many counties including Latvia under collaborative initiatives. They are on a mission to V.O. Chidambaram College to explore the possibility of establishing long-term research collaboration with Post-graduate and Research Department of Zoology and to have student exchange programmes.
The collaborative research programme has already been initiated with the survey to assess the coastal fish community composition and feeding dynamics in Punnaikayal mangroves led by Dr. A. Murugan, Assistant Professor, PG and Research Dept. of Zoology and assisted by Dr. M. Xavier Ramesh, Project Associate. The work to ascertain the fish community composition and studies pertaining to their feeding dynamics in the Punnaikayal mangroves are in progress.
Dr. Matiss Zagars gave a lecture to post-graduate students of Conservation of Marine Environment, Zoology and Botany and interacted with them.
Dr. A. Murugan, coordinated their visit and research activities with the active support and guidance of Dr. C. Veerabahu, Principal, Dr. J. Edwin, Head of PG and Research Dept. of Zoology and Dr. G. Manimaran, Head of PG and Research Dept. of Geology of V.O. Chidambaram College.