Dr. Wajih Naqvi has been designated an "Outstanding Scientist" at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa, India, is is currently the Acting Director of NIO. Naqvi has served at NIO since 1974, but has also been associated with several other institutions during this time. He is an Adjunct Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He carried out his post-doctoral research at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, and worked later at the Institute for Hydrospheric-Atmospheric Sciences, Nagoya University (Japan), and Center for Tropical Marine Ecology and Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen (Germany). Naqvi has made important contributions in aquatic biogeochemistry covering cycles of carbon and nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and iron) in the ocean. He specializes in anaerobic remineralization in water column and sediments, including denitrification and nitrous oxide production. He has received several awards, including the CSIR Young Scientist Award, MAAS Young Scientist Award, SS Bhatnagar Prize and Vigyan Ratna. His is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Sciences, the Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, and the TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World).
Dr. Naqvi has been actively involved in SCOR-supported activities, on both national and international levels. He chaired the Indian National Committee for SCOR during 2003-2006. He was a member of the panel that evaluated JGOFS for ICSU and also served on the JGOFS Indian Ocean Synthesis Group. Naqvi has also been a member of the following SCOR-related groups: JGOFS/IGAC Task Team for Biogeochemical Ocean-Atmosphere Transfers (1993-1995), Transition Team for IMBER (2002-2004), Implementation Group for Focus 3 (Air-Sea Gas Exchange) of SOLAS; IMBER Scientific Steering Committee (2004-2009); and SCOR Nominating Committee (2007). Naqvi was chairman of the IMBER Working Group on Capacity Building (2005-2007) and a member of SCOR Working Groups 128 (Natural and Human-Induced Hypoxia and Consequences for Coastal Areas) and 129 (Deep Ocean Exchanges with the Shelf).
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