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Dr. Abdullah Harun Chowdhury, professor of Environmental Science Discipline, Khulna University was born in 1970. He obtained B.Sc. (Hons) and MSc. Degrees in Botany from Rajshahi University. Some of his important research works include studies on the environmental threats on the Angiospermic plant resources of the South and South-West coastal areas of Bangladesh; Ecology of flora and fauna of St. Martin’s Island; Impact of Environmental hazards on the plant diversity of the Surndarbans.
Dr. Chowdhury has published about 35 research papers on national and international journals. He has supervised three Ph.D, 12 MS and 26 B.Sc. students.
Nine marine and 23 fresh water algae have been recorded by him from Bangladesh. He successfully completed UGC, MOSICT and KU research Cell funded 11 research projects; attended 45 international and national conferences/workshops at home and abroad and presented research papers in the conferences. He obtained six times Best Speaker/Presentation Award of conferences at home and abroad.
Dr. Chowdhury joined environmental Science Discipline of Khulna University as a lecturer and now he is a professor. He has also worked as a program officer of IUCN Bangladesh Research Technician of Survey of Flora, operated by the Bangladesh National Herbarium.
Dr. Chowdhury is a Technical member of the Committee of Wetlands and Aquatic Resources Management and Species Conservation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, Ministry o Environment and Forestry, Bangladesh.
Dr. Chowdhury worked as (1) Environmental Specialist of the ‘Emergency 2007 Cyclone Recovery and Restoration project’; (2) National Consultant on the ‘Identification and sustainable uses of Marine Algae and Aquatic Pollution of St. Martin’s Island’; (3) Environmental Consultant on the ‘Second Phase and Twenty Five Years Master Plan of KDA’; and several other projects. Professor Chowdhury is a member of several scientific societies on Flora and Environmental Sciences.
In Recognition of his valuable contributions in the field of Botany and Environmental Sciences, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences is honoring Dr. Abdullah Harun Chowdhry with the award of ‘BAS Gold Medal for Junior Scientists in Biological Sciences for the Year 2009.