Rajeev Raghavan

Rajeev Raghavan


As an Assistant Professor at the Department of Fisheries Resource Management, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Fish Taxonomy, Aquatic Biodiversity and Inland Fisheries, besides supervising Masters and PhD students. I have an undergraduate and graduate degree in Aquaculture from India, and a PhD in Fish Ecology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Subsequently I was trained at leading universities and research organizations in the United Kingdom (University of Kent), Belgium (University of Hasselt), Czech Republic (University of South Bohemia) and China (Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences), and was also an Erasmus-Mundus Visiting Scholar at Central European University (Hungary) and Christian Albrecht’s University of Kiel (Germany). At KUFOS, my research group studies tropical aquatic biodiversity, answering both fundamental and applied questions on species, ecosystems and human dimensions. I am also actively involved with the work of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and currently serves as the South Asia Coordinator of the IUCN Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (FFSG), and the IUCN Freshwater Fish Red List Authority Coordinator for the continents of Asia and Oceania, besides being an invited member on several Specialist Groups and Interdisciplinary Task Forces. I have also worked as a biodiversity consultant for international development organizations including the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Together with colleagues, I have discovered and described 12 new species, 3 new genera and 1 family of freshwater fish and shrimp to science. I have to my credit more than 140 papers (with >1300 citations) in the peer reviewed literature, and serves on the editorial board of many leading journals including ‘Nature Scientific Reports’.


Fish Taxonomy (BFSc and MFSc), Aquatic Biodiversity (MFSc and PhD), Molecular Taxonomy (MSc Marine Biology), Research Methodology and Scientific Writing (PhD)



  • Selected Publications (for a full list of 140 publications see https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?hl=en&user=59OFWwcAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate) 1. SJ Cooke; ZS Hogan; PA Butcher; MJW Stokesbury; R Raghavan; AJ Gallagher; N Hammerschlag & AJ Danylchuk (2016) Angling for endangered fish: Conservation problem or conservation action? Fish and Fisheries 17: 249–265. 2. R Raghavan; N Dahanukar; MF Tlusty; AL Rhyne; K Krishnakumar; S Molur & AM Rosser (2013) Uncovering an obscure trade: threatened freshwater fishes and the aquarium pet trade. Biological Conservation 164: 158–169. 3. VK Anoop; N Dahanukar; S Philip; L Thomas & R Raghavan (2018) Phylogeny of the hillstream loach genus Mesonoemacheilus reveals widespread diversification through ancient drainage connections in the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 129: 77–84. 4. E Turak; I Harrison; D Dudgeon; R Abell; A Bush; W Darwall; CM Finlayson; S Ferrier; J Freyhof; V Hermoso; D Juffe-Bignoli; S Linke; J Nel; HC Patricio; J Pittock; R Raghavan; C Ravenga; JP Simaika & AD Wever (2017) Essential biodiversity variables for measuring change in global freshwater biodiversity. Biological Conservation 213: 272–279. 5. R Raghavan; A Ali; N Dahanukar & A Rosser (2011) Is the fishery for the Deccan Mahseer
  • Tor khudree (Sykes
  • 1839) in the Western Ghats Hotspot sustainable? A participatory approach to stock assessment. Fisheries Research 110: 29–38.


  • 1345 (May 2019) (Google Scholar - https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?hl=en&user=59OFWwcAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate


  • 1. Impact of Kerala floods on the habitat and population of single-location endemic and threatened fish species of Kerala part of Western Ghats. Funded by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (2018-2019)



  • 1. NUFFIC-Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) (2005); 2. Miriam Rotschild-University of Cambridge Internship Award (2008) 3. Chinese Academy of Sciences International Fellowship (2006-2010) 4. BoF Fellowship
  • Government of Belgium (2012) 5. Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar Award (2012 and 2015) 6. Third World Academy of Sciences Fellowship (2015) (declined)