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 (FlowCAM &FlowCytobot-IFCB), dissolved organic matter, and acidification in various aquatic environments using an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) with a suite 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):  28 
Paul, V., Sankar, M. S., Vattikuti, S., Dash, P., & Arslan, Z. (2020). Pollution Assessment and Land Use Land Cover Influence on Trace Metal Distribution in Sediments from Five Aquatic Systems in Southern USA. Chemosphere. 263, 1-11. DOI:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128243. [Document Site]

Sankar, M. S., Dash, P., Lu, Y., Mercer, A., Turnage, G., Shoemaker, C. M., Chen, S., & Moorhead, R. J. (2020). Land Use and Land Cover Control on the Spatial Variation of Dissolved Organic Matter across 41 Lakes in Mississippi, USA. Hydrobiologia. Springer. NA(NA), 118. DOI:10.1007/s10750-019-04174-0. [Abstract] [Document Site]

Sankar, M. S., Dash, P., Lu, Y., Mercer, A., Arslan, Z., Sanders, S. L., Wickramarathna, S., Ragland, R., Chen, S., & Moorhead, R. J. (2019). Variation in Dissolved Organic Matter, Trace Metals, and Acidification Parameters in the Western Mississippi Sound. CERF-2019. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF)-2019, Mobile, Alabama. [Abstract]

Sankar, M. S., Dash, P., Lu, Y., Paul, V., Mercer, A., Arslan, Z., Varco, J. J., & Rodgers, J. C. (2019). Dissolved Organic Matter and Trace Element Variability in a Blackwater-fed Bay Following Precipitation. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Elsevier. 106452, 1-38. [Abstract] [Document Site]

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]

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