Research Activities of Marine Science Department.
Multidisciplinary researches in various fields of oceanography;
namely, physical, chemical, geological and biological oceanography are carried out mainly
in the estuarine and coastal areas, remote sensing and mathematical modelling techniques
are also used.
Environmental quality of water, and natural resources is monitored.
Several case studies of marine environmental assessment and impacts have been carried out
both in the field and in the laboratory. The epartment takes an active role in the
ASEAN-Canada Marine Pollution Monitoring and Marine Environment Quality Criteria Working
Researches on cultivation of aquatic animals with emphasis on
economically important species such as banana prawns, tiger prawns, oysters, green mussels
and others are going on. Environmental quality and its impacts on aquaculture, predators,
parasites, diseases of cultured species are frequently monitored.
Various aspects of mangrove ecosystem such as tide and current,
nutrient dynamics, marine flora and fauna community, water quality, soil chemistry,
sediment transport and biogeochemical processes are being studied. Several staff members
participate in the UNESCO Mangrove Research Programme. These researches provide some
guidelines for the mangrove ecosystem management plan.
Reef and Seagass Ecology
Two themes of coral and seagrass researches are being emphasized:
Species compositions and the inter- and intra-specific relationship in the coral reef and
sea-grass communities; and the distribution and environmental factors affecting the
distribution of coral reefs and seagrass beds. Impacts of sediments on these ecosystems
are also studied.
A phytoplankton laboratory emphasizing on this aspect is in
operation. Department staff work in coordination with other specialists from the
Department of Fisheries and the Veterinary Science Faculty, as well as several scientists
of thiamine Organisms
Various aspects on genetics of marine species with special emphasis
on molluscs such as oyster (Saccostrea spp., Crassostrea spp.,) and abalone (Haliotis
spp.) are explored. Both basic and applied genetics are of major concerns. An
understanding on relationships between genetics, physiology and biochemistry of marine
organism are longterm objectives. Conservations of biodiversity (genetic diversity) of
marine organisms are also emphasized.
Inputs to the Sea and Mussel Watch Proiects
The marine chemistry group plays an active role in these two projects
of the IOC/VVESTPAC Marine Pollution Research and Monitoring Programme since 1980. Several
major rivers of Thailand have been studied on their geochemical behaviours and watershed
influences, etc. The monitoring of economically important bivalve quality has been done