Dr. Shilly Elizabeth David

Dr. Shilly Elizabeth David
M. Sc., Ph. D.
(+91) 479 – 2416875, 7558921939
Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology
  • Doctor in Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.; Ecological Biogeochemistry), Faculty of Geosciences, Universität Bremen, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Oct 2009 – Nov 2013
    • Thesis Topic: Catchment scale human interventions in the Pamba Basin (Kerala, India) and their impact on estuarine ecosystem in the southern Vembanad estuary.
    • Area of Research: Ecological Biogeochemistry
  •  Master of Science in Fisheries Biology and Aquaculture, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, August 2002- April- 2005.
    • Specialization: Fisheries and Aquaculture
Fellowship, Grant and Award
  • Doctoral Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), October 2009–June 2013.
  • Travel grant for 6 weeks training in biogeochemical analysis at Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany, October-November, 2007.
  • Melpadom Attumalil Georgekutty “Young Scientist Award -2014” of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church.
  • Title:  Catchment scale human interventions in the Pamba Basin (Kerala, India) and their impact on estuarine ecosystem in the southern Vembanad  estuary.
  • Supervisor :  PD. Dr. Tim Jennerjahn,  Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology  (ZMT),   Bremen, Germany
    • The PhD thesis was a study to assess the manifold human interventions in the Pamba catchment in combination with seasonal variations in hydrology in order to assess the biogeochemical variations in water quality and nutrient concentrations as well as to understand the source and fate of organic matter transport in the Pamba River and the receiving Vembanad estuary.


  • Title:  Analysis of Phytoplankton Succession in a temple pond at Haripad, Kerala, India.
  • Supervisor :  Dr. Anila kumari ,K.S,  School of Applied Life Sciences, Pattanamthitta,    Kerala, India.
    • The study was to investigate the pattern of natural changes in plankton community in a temple pond in relation to the physicochemical and nutrient variations.
Work Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla, Kerala, India , January 2016-present
  • Project fellow, Resources Analysis Division (RAD), National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS), Government of India, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, June 2006-February 2009.
Research Interests
  • Water Quality
  • Riverine and estuarine nutrient cycle
  • Ecological Biogeochemistry
  • Land use and Hydrology

David, S.E., et al.: ‘Impact of human interventions on nutrient biogeochemistry in the Pamba river, Kerala, India’, Science of the Total Environment (2015), 541:1420 -1430:

DOI : http://10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.09.092

Professional Skills
Field experiences in collection of water, suspended matter, phytoplankton, sediments, plants and soil samples
Water quality, nutrient and biogeochemical analysis and interpretation
Phytoplankton identification
Interpretation of topographic map and satellite imageries
Experience in handling WTW Multi350i water quality analyzer, planimeter, GPS
Socio-economic survey