Deepa R. Pillai,
Research Scholar

Interest in taxonomy is generated in me because of my great teacher Dr. A. Bijukumar. His passion and dedication to research motivated me in my field of echinoderm taxonomy. I am just a beginner in this amazing field and love to work on sea cucumbers and brittle stars. One of my greatest dreams is to become a renowned taxonomist in these two groups. As taxonomists are now a rarer group, I am trying to make students get interested in systematic studies of various groups of organisms.

Educational qualifications
Ph.D (Zoology), University of Kerala 2016
M.Sc. Zoology, University of Kerala 2006

Research Interest
Biodiversity documentation, Taxonomy (Echinoderms, Fish, Insects)

Environment management, Microbiology, Bioinformatics

Fellowship of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) in Taxonomy 2006

Recent publications
1. Biju Kumar, A. & Deepa, R (2015) DNA barcoding of sea cucumbers (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) of the southwest coast of India. Genome, 58: 2015, p.240

2. R.P. Deepa & A. Biju Kumar (2011) New records of sea cucumbers Phyllophorus (Phyllothuria) cebuensis (Semper) and Trachasina crucifera (Semper)from the south-west coast of India ., Indian J. Fish., 58(4) : 101-104.

3. R.P. Deepa & A. Biju Kumar (2010) New records of seacucumbers Holothuria(Semperothuria) imitans Ludwig and Stichopus hermanni Semper (Echinodermata: holothuroidea) from southwestern coast of India. Journal of threatened taxa, 2(2): 712-715.

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