Srinath Krishnan, a doctoral student at Yale University and a native of Kochi, India, recently received the $28,000 Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship.
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership offers the "merit-based award for outstanding graduate students through its U.S. Science Support Program associated with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program," the group said in a statement.
Krishnan is one of five students awarded the annual fellowship, which facilitates awardees’ research toward the goal of enhancing knowledge about Earth and its oceans, the statement said.
Krishnan, now in his second year of pursuing a doctorate in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale, has an interest in Earth’s chemical processes, specifically changes in the global hydrological cycle during periods of intense warming in the distant past.
Prior to studying at Yale, he attended North Carolina State University, where he received an master’s of science in Atmospheric Sciences.
The fellowship is for 2008-09) and then Krishnan he will present initial results of his research at Ocean Leadership headquarters in Washington, D.C. "The fellowship will allow me to continue to focus on other important effects of global warming, such as perturbations of the water cycle," Krishnan said, in the statement.
"The Schlanger Fellowship is an important educational component of our program. Providing opportunities for promising geoscience graduate students to develop and execute their own ocean research projects is a vital part of our work at Ocean Leadership," said Cathy O’Riordan, Director of the U.S. Science Support Program.
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents 95 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy, the statement said. The organization also manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships, it said.