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Dr. E. V. Ramasamy




Dr. E.V. Ramasamy

Professor  (Rtd.)

School of Environmental Sciences

+91 481 2732120 (O)

+91 9447095935 (M)



MSc. Madras University

MTech Indian Institute of Technology [I.I.T], Kharagpur

PhDPondicherry University

Major Area

  • Environmental Biotechnology

Specific Areas

  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Vermitechnology
  • Bioremediation
  • Water Pollution Monitoring and Control
  • Bioenergy
  • Microplastic
  • Microbial Fuel Cells
  • Biodiversity

Research Guidance



  MSc / MPhil







Research Collaborations

  • Brown University, USA
  • IIRS, Dehradun
  • AICTE, New Delhi

Reviewer of International Refereed Journals

  • Journal of Environmental Management
  • Bioresource Technology
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews,
  • Fuel
  • Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • International Journal of Environment and Waste Management
  • Journal of Forestry Research

Former Administrative / Academic Positions

  • Director, School of Environmental Sciences
  • Member, Academic Council, M.G.University
  • Coordinator, DST – FIST Programme, School of Environmental Sciences
  • Regional Coordinator, Vegetation Carbon Pool Assessment, IIRS, Dehradun

Research Papers -Selected

  1. Anaga PL., Viji NV., Devika D., Ramasamy EV. 2023. Distribution and abundance of microplastics in the water column of Vembanad Lake–A Ramsar site in Kerala, India, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 194 (Part B) 115433,

  2. Arunbabu, V., & Ramasamy, E. V. Microplastic Research in India: Current Status and Future Perspectives. Plastic Pollution, 161-175
  3. Sruthi, S. N., Ramasamy, E. V., & Shyleshchandran, M. N. (2023). Bioaccumulation of pesticide residue in earthworms collected from the agricultural soils of Kuttanad—a unique agroecosystem in India. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-10.

  4. Sajithkumar, K. J., & Ramasamy, E. V. (2022). Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) as proton exchange membrane (PEM) in single chambered microbial fuel cells (MFCs). In Scaling Up of Microbial Electrochemical Systems (pp. 117-137). Elsevier

  5. E.V. Ramasamy, Sruthy Shini, Ajay Kumar Harit, Mahesh Mohan, and Mechirackal    Balan Binish (2021). Microplastic pollution in the surface sediment of Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, Arctic . Marine Pollution Bulletin 173 (2021) 112986

  6. Harit, A. K., Ramasamy, E. V., Babu, N., Rajasree, M. J., Monsy, P., Bottinelli, N., Cheik, S & Jouquet, P. (2021). Are wood-feeding and fungus-growing termites so different? Comparison of the organization and properties of Microcerotermes pakistanicus and Odontotermes obesus soil constructions in the Western Ghats, India. Insectes Sociaux68(2), 207-216.
  7. Padmakumar, B., Sreekanth, N. P., Shanthiprabha, V., Paul, J., Sreedharan, K., Augustine, T., Jayasooryan,K.K ., Rameshan.M ., Arunbabu,V., Mahesh Mohan ., Sylas ,V .P., Ramasamy E . V.,& Thomas, A. P. (2021). Unveiling tree diversity and carbon density of homegarden in the Thodupuzha urban region of Kerala, India: a contribution towards urban sustainability. Tropical Ecology, 1-17.
  8. Mohan, M., Chandran, M. S., & Ramasamy, E. V. (2021). Mercury contamination at Vembanad Lake and near-shore regions in the southwest coast of India. Regional Studies in Marine Science44, 101754.
  9. Jayasooryan, K. K., Ramasamy, E. V., Chandini, P. K., & Mohan, M. (2021). Fractionation and accumulation of selected metals in a tropical estuary, south-west coast of India. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment193(4), 1-14.
  10. Markose V.J And Ramasamy E.V (2021) Marine litter monitoring studies in India – gaps and challenges. Current Science vol.121(12) p.1530
  11. Mahalaxmi, N., & Ramasamy, E. V. (2020). Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using a Terrestrial Weed Mucuna bracteata DC and Their Adsorption Study on Reactive Red 120. Advanced Science, Engineering and Medicine, 12(2), 207-214.
  12. ShyleshChandran, M. S., Ramasamy, E. V., Mohan, M., Jayasooryan, K. K., Augustine, T., & Mohan, K. (2019). Distribution and risk assessment of trace metals in multifarious matrices of Vembanad Lake system, Peninsular India. Marine pollution bulletin, 145, 490-498.
  13. ShyleshChandran, M. S., Mohan, M., Ramasamy, E. V., Sreelakshmi, U., Pandit, G. G., Tiwari, M., … & Kannan, V. M. (2019). The historical trend in trace metal enrichment in core sediments from Cochin Estuary, Southwest coast of India. Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management, 11, 100203.
  14. EV. Ramasamy, Sruthi S N, A. K. Harit, N. Babu (2019). Microplastics in Human Consumption: Table Salt Contaminated with Microplastics. In: S.Babel, A.Haarstrick, M.S.Babel, A.Sharp (Eds.) Microplastics in the Water Environment , Cuvillier Verlag, Gottingen,  Germany, 74-80 pp.
  15. Arunbabu V, Ignatius Antony, Ramasamy EV, (2015). Cadmium removal from aqueous solutions using Macaranga peltata: a potential plant for Phytoremediation. South Indian Journal of Biological Sciences 2016; 2(1); 84-87 , ONLINE ISSN: 2454-4787.
  16. V.Ramasamy (2016). Decontamination of wastewater with Phytoremediation.South Indian Journal of Biological Sciences 2016; 2(1); 103-109 ONLINE ISSN: 2454-4787.
  17. Sruthy S Nair, M S Shyleshchandran, Sunil Paul Mathew and Ramasamy E V.Persistence, distribution and human health impacts of Organochlorine Pesticides (OCPs) in the agriculture soils of Kuttanad Agro-ecosystem- First report from a Tropical Wetland of Peninsular India. Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Springer). DOI: 1.1007/S11356-016-7834-3
  18. Padma, E.V Ramasamy, Muralivallabhan T. V and A.P Thomas. Changing scenario of household consumption pattern in Kerala – An emerging consumer state of India. Social Indicators of Research (Springer). – In Press
  19. Ignatius,A., Arunbabu, V., Neethu, J. and V. Ramsamy (2015). Rhizofiltration of lead using an aromatic medicinal plant Plectranthus amboinicus cultured in a hydroponic nutrient film technique (NFT) system. Environ Sci Pollut Res. (Springer Online first July 05, 2014)DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-3204-1.
  20. Sruthi S Nair and Sibin Antony and V. Ramsamy (2015). Vermicomposting of Mucuna bracteata – a Fast Spreading Troublesome Weed in Kerala, India. Scientific Journal “Environmental Research, Engineering and Management”. Environmental Research, Engineering and Management 4(70): 5-13. ISSN 1392-1649 (print) Aplinkos tyrimai, inžinerija ir vadyba 4(70): 5-13DOI: 10.5755/j01.erem.70.4.8552
  21. Arunbabu, S. Sruthy, and Ignatius Antony and E.V. Ramsamy (2015). Sustainable greywater management with Axonopus compressus(broadleaf carpet grass) planted in sub surface flow constructed wetlands , withJournal of Water Process Engineering 7 : 153–160. 2214-7144/© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
  22. R. Rameshan and Ramasamy E. V. (2014) Identification of potential elephant corridor between Anamalai landscape and Periyar Tiger Reserve, Southern Western Ghats: A geospatial approach. Intr. J. Geoinformatics, 10(2): 41, ISSN 1686-6576
  23. S. Smitha and Ramasamy E. V (2014) Utilization of Limnocharis flava, an invasive aquatic weed from kuttanad wet land ecosystem, Kerala, India as a potential feedstock for livestock, Online Journal of Animal Feed Research, 5(1): 22, ISSN 2228-7701
  24. Mahesh Mohan, MS Shylesh Chandran, KK Jayasooryan, EV Ramasamy. (2014). Mercury in the sediments of Vembanad Lake, Western Coast of India. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 186:3321–3336 Springer. DOI 10.1007/s10661-014-3620-1
  25. Mahesh M , Shylesh ChandranM.S, Jayasooryan K. K. and V.Ramasamy, Mercury in the sediments of Vembanad Lake, western coast of India,Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (Springer) ,(DOI) 10.1007/s10661-014-3620-1 (2014).
  26. S. Shylesh Chandran, Sujatha S., Mahesh Mohan, J.M. Julka and E.V. Ramasamy (2012)Earthworm diversity at Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Western Ghats, India. Biodiversity and Conservation-Springer, 21: 3343-3353.
  27. Mahesh,M , Toms Augustine,K. K. Jayasooryan, Shylesh Chandran, M.S., and V. Ramasamy. (2012). Fractionation of selected metals in the sediments of Cochin estuary and Periyar river , southwest coastof India ,Environmentalist (Springer),DOI 0.1007/s10669-012-9399-0.ISSN: 2194-5403.
  28. Shylesh Chandran M.S., Sudheesh S., V. Ramasamy, Mahesh Mohan. 2012. Sulphur fractionation in the sediments of Cochin estuary. Journal of Environment,Vol. 01, Issue 01, pp. 10-15, Scientific Journals, UK
  29. EV Ramasamy, Toms A, Shylesh CMS, Jayasooryan KK, Mahesh M., 2012. Mercury Fractionation in the Sediments of Vembanad Wetland, West Coast of India, Environmental Geochemistry and Health-Springer, DOI 10.1007/s10653-012-9457-z.
  30. Mahesh Mohan , M. Deepa, V. Ramasamyand A. P. Thomas(2011). Accumulation of mercury and other heavy metals in edible fishes of Cochin backwaters, Southwest India, withMahesh Mohan , M. Deepaand A. P. Thomas. Environ Monit Assess. (Springer), DOI 0.1007/s10661-011-2258-5, IF – 1.400, ISSN: 0167-6369
  31. Mahesh, M., Shylesh Chandran, M.S., and V. Ramasamy. (2011). Vulnerable Earthworm species identified from Nilgiri Biosphere reserve ,International Journal of Zoological Research ,2011 . ISSN 1811-9778/ DOI: 10.3923/ijzr.IF 0.948(JCC) ISSN(Print):2278–8816.
  32. Mahesh Mohan, M.S. Shylesh Chandran, V.Ramasamy. (2011) Vulnerable earthworm species identified from Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve,. International Journal of Zoological Research.
  33. Mahesh Mohan, Deepa, M., V. Ramasamy and A.P. Thomas. (2011) Accumulation of mercury and other heavy metals in edible fishes of Cochin backwaters, Southwest India, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.DOI 10.1007/s1066/-011-2258-5, Springer
  34. Tree species diversity and community composition in a human-dominated tropical forest of Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, India, with Anitha, K., Shijo Joseph,Chandran R.J., N. Prasad. Ecological Complexity(Elsevier), DOI : 10. 1016 / j.ecocom.2010.02.005, 2010 (In press).
  35. S. Shylesh Chandran, Sujatha S., Mahesh Mohan, J.M. Julka and E.V. Ramasamy. (2012) Earthworm diversity at Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Western Ghats, India. Biodiversity and Conservation -21:3343–3353, DOI 10.1007/s10531-012-0365-4. Springer.
  36. Shylesh Chandran M.S., Jayasooryan K.K., Subin K. Jose, Mahesh Mohan and V.Ramasamy Anthropogenic Mercury Contamination of Vembanad Backwater, Western Coast, India – Evidence from Sediments. Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering-NEERI
  37. Shylesh Chandran M.S., Sudheesh S., V. Ramasamy, Mahesh Mohan. (2012) Sulphur fractionation in the sediments of Cochin estuary.. Journal of Environment, Vol. 01, Issue 01, pp. 10-15, Scientific Journals, UK.
  38. EV Ramasamy, Toms A, Shylesh CMS, Jayasooryan KK, Mahesh M. (2012) Mercury Fractionation in the Sediments of Vembanad Wetland, West Coast of India, Environmental Geochemistry and Health. -Springer, 34:575–586, DOI 10.1007/s10653-012-9457-z
  39. Mahesh Mohan, Toms Augustine, Jayasooryan K.K., Shylesh Chandran M.S. and Ramasamy E.V. (2012) Fractionation of selected metals in the sediments of Cochin estuary and Periyar River, Southwest coast of India, The Environmentalist-Springer, DOI 10.1007/s10669-012-9399-0.
  40. High-solids anaerobic digestion for the recovery of energy and manure fromTaro (Colocasia esculenta), with Bindu,T., Journal ofSolid Waste Technology and Management (USA), Vol. 31 (2), pp 69 – 77 , May2005.
  41. Vermicomposting of Taro, (Colacosia esculenta) with two epigeic earthworm species, with Kurien, J., Bioresource Technology (Elsevier) , 97, 1324-1328(2005).
  42. Extraction of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) from water hyacinth using inexpensive contraptions, and the use of VFAs as feed supplement in conventional biogas digesters with concomitant final disposal of water hyacinth as vermicompost , withSankar Ganesh , P., Gajalakshmi,S., and Abbasi, S.A., Biochemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier,UK),27, 17 – 23 , ( 2005 ).
  43. Composting and Vermicomposting of leaf litter ensuing from the trees of Mango (Mangifera indica), with Gajalakshmi,S., and Abbasi, S.A., BioresourceTechnology (Elsevier), 96, 1057-1061(2005).
  44. Recovery of energy from Taro ( Colocasia esculenta ) with solid-feed anaerobic digesters (SOFADs), with Bindu.T.,Waste Management (Elsevier), 28, 396 – 405, (2008)
  45. Recovery of methane-rich gas from solid-feed anaerobic digestion of Ipomoea (Ipomoea carnea) with P. Sankar Ganesh , R. Sanjeevi , S. Gajalakshmi , andS.A. Abbasi, BioresourceTechnology (Elsevier), 99, 812 – 818, (2008).
  46. Pollutant removal from domestic wastewater with Taro (Colocasia esculenta) planted in a subsurface flow system, with Bindu,T., Sylas, V.P., Mahesh, M., Rakesh, P.S. Ecological Engineering (Elsevier), 33, 68 – 92, (2008).
  47. Changes in structural attributes of plant communities along disturbance gradients in a dry deciduous forest of Western Ghats, India, with Anitha, K., Shijo Joseph, N. Prasad . Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (Springer), 155: 393-405 (2009).
  48. Decontamination of water polluted by heavy metals with Taro (Colocasia esculenta) cultured in a hydroponic NFT system, with Bindu,T., Sumi,M.M.Environmentalist (Springer),30, 35 – 44 , (2010).


  1. Biotechnological Methods of Pollution Control, with S. A. Abbasi,1999. Orient Longman (Universities PressIndia Ltd.) Hyderabad, 168 pages
  2. Solid Waste Management with Earthworms, with S. A. Abbasi,2001. Discovery Publishing House, New Delhi, 178 pages.


Research Projects undertaken

Name of the Project

Funding Agency



Earthworm species diversity studies at Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve




Assessment of Vegetation Carbon Pool at 8 districts of Kerala




Municipal Solid Waste Management with high-solid anaerobic digestion and vermitechnology




A comparative assessment, mapping, and modeling of Soil erosion in the upland sub-water sheds of Meenachil and Manimala Rivers




Chemical transformation and bioaccumulation of mercury in Vembanad wetland and Cochin near shore areas’





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