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. Chemosphere, 170, 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