Dr. Fredolin Tangang
Chairman & Professor
Centre for Earth Sciences and Environment
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Speech Title: Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Response Options
Professor Fredolin Tangang is a professor of climatology at the Centre of Earth Sciences and Environment, Faculty of Science and Technology, the National University of Malaysia. He is an Expert on climate change and climate variability. Prof Tangang obtained his PhD in 1997 from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where he researched and developed a model to forecast the El Nino –Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon. Prof Tangang was the Vice-Chair of the Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Fifth Assessment Cycle (AR5; 2008 – 2015). Prof. Fredolin has a H-index of 22.
Currently he is also a fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia and also a Visiting Professor at the Ramkhamhaeng University Center for Regional Climate Change and Renewable Energy (RU-CORE), Bangkok, Thailand. Prof Tangang also serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Team (SAT) of the CORDEX, a programme under the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). At the university level, he is currently the Chairman of the Centre of Earth Sciences and Environment. Prof Tangang current research focuses include climate change and climate variability over the Southeast Asia region. He is he leader of CORDEX Southeast Asia. Prof Tangang has published more than 70 publications in high impact international journals.
Prof. Bijoy Nandan
Ecosystem Ecologist and Fulbright Scholar
Speech Title: Carbon sequestration and climate change in the coastal wetlands of India
Dr. S. Bijoy Nandan is Professor and Head at the Dept. of Marine Biology, Microbiology & Biochemistry, School of Marine Sciences, Cochin University of Science & Technology. Before moving to CUSAT, he was Officer in Charge at Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI: ICAR), Kerala Unit and Senior Officer at Central Institute of Fisheries, Nautical & Engineering Training (CIFNET), Govt. of India. He has 26 years of research, development and teaching experience at these institutions.
Dr. Bijoy is a marine ecologist, who studies trophic structure of pelagic and benthic communities in oceans to shallow waters and coastal wetlands. Together with his students he has worked with a broad range from plankton, invertebrates to fishes. His recent research has emphasized on the major themes 1. Wetland structure, function and production potential 2. Community analysis and taxonomy of fauna from ocean systems 3. Fishery ecology and biology of species 4. Biology of invertebrates in Arctic 5. Carbon sequestration and climate change 6. Pollution and ecotoxicology of contaminants. He has been conducting research for over the past 2 decades on the margins of the Indian ocean, Arctic ocean- fjords, the backwaters, estuaries, rivers and mangroves using ships, vessels and boats to sample and conduct experiments.
Dr Bijoy is implementing research and consultancy projects as principal investigator funded by the national and state and international agencies. He has worked in United Nations Compensation project in Arabian Gulf coast. Dr Bijoy is an active member of the Indian Arctic research programme from 2011 to present. He is the author or co-author of more than 250 scientific publications; has edited 10 special volumes on aspects in marine biodiversity.
Dr. Bijoy is Technical Member of the Kerala State Pollution Control Board from 2011-14; fellow of National Institute of Ecology, India and Coordinator of UGC-SAP programme of the Dept. of Marine Biology, CUSAT. He has won the Jawaharlal Nehru Award in 1993 instituted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for high quality doctoral (PhD) thesis in research priority/ frontier areas of agriculture of allied areas from Indian Universities; the Best paper Award in the Indian Environment Congress 2006; the Recognition Award of Zoological Society of India in 2008. Dr Bijoy is US Fulbright Visiting Scholar from 2013-14; recipient of the United Nations University Fellowship (2002) and the UNESCO Fellowship, 2008.
Twenty three students have been awarded PhD under his mentorship in CUSAT and Mahatma Gandhi and M.S. Universities of India.