Staff Profile:Dr Shovonlal Roy

Dr Shovonlal Roy
Job Title:
Lecturer in Remote Sensing in Ecosystem Sciences
  • Teaching: GV3ESM - Ecosystems Modelling, GV2LCC-Loddon Catchment Consultancy (2018); GV3MME - Modelling of Marine Ecosystems (2015); GV1TGE - Techniques in Geography and Environmental Science (2014)
  • Organiser of GES-ESRD research seminar series
  • Academic tutor: Part-1, 2, 3 and MSc students, year tutor for 3rd year
  • Supervisor: B.Sc.,MSc projects and PhD students
Areas of Interest:
  • Dynamical systems theory and ecological modelling
  • Satellite remote sensing and bio-optical algorithms
  • Data assimilation in ecosystem models
  • Modelling and remote sensing of marine plankton carbon and bio-diversity
  • Trait-based models, fish dynamics, fisheries applications
Research groups / Centres:

PhD student supervision:

Shovon currently supervises or co-supervises the following postgraduate students:

  • Prima Anugerahanti: Marine biogeochemical model with explicit representation of phytoplankton functional types. Bakrie Centre Foundation studentship 2015. Lead supervisor.
  • Robin Boyd: Individual-based model of North Sea fish using satellite remote sensing. • NERC-SCENARIO DTP with CASE from CEFAS studentship 2015. Lead supervisor. 
  • Donal Harkin: Parameter estimation and inverse problem for reactive transport modes in bioirrigated sediments. NERC-SCENARIO DTP studentship 2015. Co-supervisor.
  • Heather Plumpton: Amazonia and the 6k Drought. University of Reading PhD Studentship 2014. Co-supervisor.
  • Richard Smith: Amazonia under mid-holocene drought. NERC-SCENARIO DTP - PhD studentship 2014. Co-supervisor.
  • Ahmed Abdul Wahab Abdul Ruda Al-Arazah: Monitoring and Management of Drought in Iraq. International PhD studentship 2014-2017. Co-supervisor. (Completed.) 

Research Projects

  • NERC and Innovate UK - Research Project 2015 – 2018: "Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant between The University of Reading & Armajaro Asset Management LLP" (Co-Investigator)
  • Royal Society of London- Research Project 2017-2019: “Marine autotrophic biodiversity combining ocean colour and molecular genetics” (Principal Investigator)
  • European Space Agency – Research project 2015-2017: "Pools of Carbon in the Ocean" (Co-Investigator, completed)
  • HEFCE project 2016: "Data Driven Free-School Fishing", demonstration project jointly with the Institute for Environmental Analytics UoR and Sainsbury's (completed).

Other Activities:

  • Member of GEO-BON working group on Ecosystem Function
  • Associate Editor of Remote Sensing in Earth Systems Sciences (Springer, 2016 - )
  • Review Editor of Frontiers in Marine Science (2014 - )
  • Associate Editor of Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation (Wiley, 2014-2017)
  • Associate Researcher at Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (2016)

Key facts:

Shovon did his MSc in Applied Mathematics and BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, and a PhD in ecological modelling using non-linear dynamics. Prior to joining the University of Reading, he worked on various research projects at different institutes including the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria, the University of Manchester, U.K., the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Canada, the University of Oxford and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, U.K. His research was funded by fellowships from the Partnership of Observation of Global Oceans, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Royal Society of London. The research projects that he worked on include:

  • The ocean-colour climate change initiative.
  • Bio-optical modelling using in-situ and remote sensing data for estimating phytoplankton size classes and functional types.
  • Ecosystem model to estimate phytoplankton size spectrum from remotely-sensed ocean colour data.
  • Space-time model of marine primary production using remote-sensing based ocean colour data. • Modelling evolutionary food-webs using body size and habitat preference of a species as adaptive traits.
  • Mathematical modeling of marine ecosystems based on field data and remote sensing.
  • Regional-scale primary production and applications to ecosystem dynamics.
  • Mathematical modelling of plankton ecology, population ecology and eco-epidemiology.
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This list was generated on Wed Jun 19 15:43:14 2019 UTC.

Earlier Publications:

Complete list of peer-reviewed publication of Shovonlal Roy can be found here.
Dr Shovonlal Roy

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