Dr C.S.Gopinatha Pillai, MSc,PhD
Principal Scientist and Head of Fishery Environment
Management Di vision retired on superannuation on 30 June,1996
Dr Pillai joined CMFRI as Research Assistant and served for about 32 years
in various positions ..
Dr Pillai who is internationally recognized for his work
on the taxonomy and ecology of Indo Pacific corals has worked on reef corals
from almost all parts from the west coast of Africa to Hawai in Islands. H e
has elucidated the reef coral fauna of India including Gulf of Kutch; Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands. Dr Pillai has published about 80 papers and has co-edited the proceedings o f the Firs t International
Symposium on Corals and recent publication b y CMFRI en titled Marine Biodiversity Conserva tion .
Dr Pillai was twise awarded the Fellowship of the pres tigious Alexander
Von Humbold Founda tion, West Germany and is also one time Bursary recipient of the Royal Society and Nuffield Foundation, England which
enabled him to do post doc toral research in Germany, England, USA and
France . H e has served in a number of national and international committees.