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Dr.Raghavendra S. Kulkarni did his M.Sc. in Zoology from Karnatak University, Dharwad and Ph.D. in Zoology from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi during 1980. He has teaching and research experience of 33 years and served as Professor and Chairman, Dept., of studies in Zoology, Gulbarga University, Kalaburgi. He has been selected under Emeritus fellowship from University Grants Commission, New Delhi standing second in the order of merit at National level and He is presently working as distinguished UGC Emeritus Professor of Zoology (from Feb.2015 to Feb.,2017) at the Department of studies in Zoology, Gulbarga University, Kalaburgi-585106, INDIA. He has published 150 research publications in reputed journals and successfully guided 12 students for Ph.D. degree and 20 students for M. Phil degree on various aspects of comparative & with special reference to fish endocrinology. He has handled Research Projects from ICAR, UGC and has visited Japan, Belgium, Germany, France, Singapore Nepal and Ethiopia for attending International conferences and academic activities. He is recipient of D.APJKalam life time acheivement award from Krist Foundation, Bangalore, and Eminent Scientist (2005) and Best Scientist award (2007) from National Environmental Science Academy, New Delhi along with fellowships with title from Zoological Society of India (FZSI), Academy of Environmental Biology (FAEB) and society for Science and Environment (FSSE).
A marine biologist interests in the study of invertebrate’s fauna. His main researches include studying biodiversity and biology of Sponges & cnidarians (sea anemones, hydroids, jellyfish & soft corals) at the environment of Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Suez Canal, Egypt. Also, his research included the study of coral reefs invertebrates, echinoderms (sea cucumbers, sea urchins), crustaceans (sea spiders, isopods, amphipods, barnacles) and edible mollusks (bivalves, gastropods).