Sankar Manalilkada Sasidharan (Sankar)
Professional Staff

Office: HPC 328

Geosystems Research Institute
Mississippi State
MS 39762-9652

Sankar Manalilkada Sasidharan (Sankar) is a postdoctoral associate at Geosystems Research Institute, Mississippi State University. Sankar received his PhD (2019) in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from Mississippi State University. He obtained multiple Masters of Science degrees from Texas Tech University, TX (2016), Kansas State University, KS (2013) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-ISM), Dhanbad, India (2002). He was a field geologist in Geological Survey of India (2005-2011) before pursuing his higher studies in the USA.His expertise is in understanding the influence of land use-land cover, hydrology and climate on water quality via dissolved organic matter (DOM), nutrient and trace element loading into the surface and subsurface water bodies. His current research focuses on understanding the natural and anthropogenic processes affecting the water quality, phytoplankton dynamics, dissolved organic matter, and acidification in various aquatic environments using an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) with a plethora of chemical and biological sensors. He is proficient in aqueous geochemistry, fieldwork, sample processing, statistical data analysis, computer programming (R&MATLAB) and GIS.
Research Interest:
Water quality, Watershed biogeochemistry, Dissolved Organic Matter Dynamics, PARAFAC Modeling, Statistical Data Mining, Computer programming

Selected PublicationsTotal Publications by Sankar Manalilkada Sasidharan (Sankar):  24 
Sankar, M. S., Dash, P., Lu, Y., Mercer, A., Turnage, G., Shoemaker, C. M., & Chen, S. (2019). Influence of Land Use and Land Cover on Dissolved Organic Matter Composition across 41 Lakes in Mississippi. Mississippi Academy of Sciences 2019 Summer Student Science Symposium. Starkville, MS: Mississippi Academy of Sciences. [Document Site]

Singh, S., Dash, P., Sankar, M. S., Silwal, S., Lu, Y., Shang, P., & Moorhead, R. J. (2019). Hydrological and Biogeochemical Controls of Seasonality in Dissolved Organic Matter Delivery to a Blackwater Estuary. Estuaries and Coasts. 42(2), 439454. DOI:10.1007/s12237-018-0473-9. [Document Site]

Sankar, M. S., Dash, P., Singh, S., Lu, Y., & Chen, S. (2019). Effect of Photo-biodegradation and Biodegradation on the Biogeochemical Cycling of Dissolved Organic Matter across Diverse Surface Water Bodies. Journal of Environmental Sciences. 77, 130-147. DOI:10.1016/j.jes.2018.06.021. [Document Site]

Sankar, M. S., Dash, P., & Lu, Y. (2019). Dissolved Organic Matter Biogeochemistry and Its Effect on Ocean Acidification over an Oyster Bed in the Western Mississippi Sound, MS, USA. Mississippi Academy of Sciences 83rd Annual Meeting. Hattiesburg, MS: Mississippi Academy of Sciences 83rd Annual Meeting.

Sankar, M. S., Dash, P., Lu, Y., Paul, V., Mercer, A., & Arslan, Z. (2018). Application of Multivariate Statistics to Geochemical and Precipitation Data to Evaluate Dissolved Organic Matter-trace Element Variability in a Coastal Bay. SAO/NASA ADS Physics Abstract Service. Washington, D.C.: American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2018, abstract #V23I-0169. [Document Site]

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