Prarthana Ghosh


Prarthana (Ghosh) Dharampal

545 Russell Labs

1630 Linden Drive

Madison, WI, 53706

(608) 890 1281   (Work)


Ph.D. Microbial Ecology. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Dissertation Title: Compound Specific Isotope Analysis of Amino Acids in Freshwater Ecosystems: Insights and Applications. December 2014. Advisor: Dr. Robert Findlay

M.S. Environmental Science. University of Calcutta. Thesis Title: Molecular and Temporal characterization of phytoplankton biodiversity in freshwater ponds in Calcutta using Advanced Single Cell RT-PCR. July 2007. Advisor: Dr. Arunava Goswami

B.S. Zoology (Honors). University of Calcutta. Thesis Title: Assessing biodiversity and conservation efforts in Sunderbans: A UNESCO World Heritage Site. July 2005.

 Research Interests: My research interest lies in understanding the interactions between trophic organizations scaling from microbes to ‘higher’ organisms using molecular biomarkers (PLFA) and stable isotopes. I am particularly interested in using amino acid nitrogen isotopic analysis to characterize the significance of microbially-mediated detritivory (often categorized as the ‘black-box’) in food web ecology.


  • Dharampal, P. S., & Findlay, R. H. (2017). Mercury levels in largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) from regulated and unregulated rivers. Chemosphere170, 134-140.
  • Ghosh, P., J. R. Mays, R. H. Findlay, T. J. DeWitt, and C. Fred Andrus. Movement patterns of bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) in an unregulated floodplain river ecosystem. (Manuscript in preparation)

Awards and Honors

  • Graduate Council Fellowship for Dissertation Research, University of Alabama (2012 -2013)
  • Inge and Ilouise Hill Research Fellowship, University of Alabama for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant and summer research (2011)
  • Graduate Travel and Research Award (2011, 2012)
  • Lalchand Mookherjee Foreign Scholarship, University of Calcutta for pursuing Graduate Studies in USA. (2008)

 Personal interests: Crafts, cooking, travelling, DIY projects