Dr. Mohammad Mahmudul Islam
Dr. Mohammad Mahmudul Islam
Assistant Professor
B Sc (Hon's) in Marine Science, MSc in Oceanography, PhD (University of Bremen, Germany)

With a background in marine science, oceanography and fisheries development studies, I am an interdisciplinary marine social scientist with interests in coastal social-ecological systems. I have more than ten years of experience in conducting research on coastal communities, small-scale fisheries and marine conservation in Bangladesh. Some of my works focused on policy and marine management, thus I have gathered experiences in working at the science-policy-interface. While qualitative research is my strongest area of contribution, I have also published based on quantitative analyses.

Peer Reviewed Selected Articles:
  • Islam, M.M., Nahiduzzaman, M. and Wahab, M.A., 2020. Fisheries co-management in hilsa shad sanctuaries of Bangladesh: Early experiences and implementation challenges. Marine Policy, 117:103955.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.103955
  • Begum, A., Sarker, S., Uzzaman, M.S., Shamsuzzaman, M.M. and Islam, M.M. 2020. Marine megafauna in the northern Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh: Status, threats and conservation needs. Ocean & Coastal Management, 192:105228.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2020.105228
  • Sarker, S., Rahman, M.M. , Yadav, A.K. and Islam, M.M. 2019. Zoning of Marine Protected Areas for biodiversity conservation in Bangladesh through socio-spatial data. Ocean & Coastal Management, 173:114-122https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejar.2019.01.003
  • Mozumder, M.M.H.; Pyhälä, A.; Wahab, M.A.; Sarkki, S.; Schneider, P. and Islam, M.M. 2019. Understanding Social-Ecological Challenges of a Small-Scale Hilsa (Tenualosailisha) Fishery in Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16:4814. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234814
  • Sunny, A.R., Islam, M.M., Rahman, M., Miah, M.Y., Mostafiz, M., Islam, N., Hossain, M.Z., Chowdhury, M.A., Islam, M.A. and Keus, H.J., 2019. Cost effective aquaponics for food security and income of farming households in coastal Bangladesh. The Egyptian Journal of Aquatic Research, 45:89-97https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejar.2019.01.003
  • Mozumder, M., Uddin, M., Schneider, P., Islam, M. M. and Shamsuzzaman, M., 2018. Fisheries-Based Ecotourism in Bangladesh: Potentials and Challenges. Resources, 7(4):61.https://doi.org/10.3390/resources7040061
  • Sarker, S., Bhuyan, M.A.H., Rahman, M.M., Islam, M.A., Hossain, M.S., Basak, S.C. and Islam, M.M., 2018. From science to action: Exploring the potentials of Blue Economy for enhancing economic sustainability in Bangladesh. Ocean & Coastal Management, 157: 180-192.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.03.001
  • Islam, M.M. and Shamsuddoha, M., 2018. Coastal and marine conservation strategy for Bangladesh in the context of achieving blue growth and sustainable development goals (SDGs). Environmental Science & Policy, 87:45-54.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2018.05.014
  • Islam, M.M., Aktar, R., Nahiduzzaman, M., Barman, B.K. and Wahab, M.A., 2018. Social Considerations of Large River Sanctuaries: A Case Study from the Hilsa Shad Fishery in Bangladesh. Sustainability, 10(4):1254.https://doi.org/10.3390/su10041254
  • Mozumder, M., Wahab, M., Sarkki, S., Schneider, P. and Islam, M.M. 2018. Enhancing social resilience of the coastal fishing communities: A case study of hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha H.) fishery in Bangladesh. Sustainability, 10(10):3501.https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103501
  • Song, A., Bower, S., Onyango, P., Cooke, S., Akintola, S., Baer, J., Gurung, T., Hettiarachchi, M., Islam, M.M., Mhlanga, W. and Nunan, F., 2018. Intersectorality in the governance of inland fisheries. Ecology and Society, 23(2):27. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10076-230217
  • Shamsuzzaman, M.M. and Islam, M.M. 2018. Analysing the legal framework of marine living resources management in Bangladesh: Towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14.Marine Policy 87:255-262.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2017.10.026
  • Islam, M.M., Islam, N., Mostafiz, M., Sunny, A.R., Keus, H.J., Karim, M., Hossain, M.Z. andSarker, S. 2018. Balancing between livelihood and biodiversity conservation: A model study on gear selectivity for harvesting small indigenous fishes in southern Bangladesh. Zoology and Ecology, 28(2):86-93https://doi.org/10.1080/21658005.2018.1429895
  • Islam, M.M., Sunny, A.R., Hossain, M.M. and Friess, D.A., 2018. Drivers of mangrove ecosystem service change in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 39(2):244-265.https://doi.org/10.1111/sjtg.12241
  • Shamsuzzaman, M.M., Islam, M.M., Tania, N.J., Al-Mamun, M.A., Barman, P.P. and Xu, X., 2017. Fisheries resources of Bangladesh: Present status and future direction. Aquaculture and Fisheries, 2(4):145-156.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aaf.2017.03.006
  • Islam, M.M., Shamsuzzaman, M.M., Mozumder, M.M.H., Xiangmin, X., Ming, Y. and Jewel, M.A.S., 2017. Exploitation and conservation of coastal and marine fisheries in Bangladesh: Do the fishery laws matter? Marine Policy, 76:143-151.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2016.11.026
  • Islam, M.M., Islam, N., Sunny, A.R., Jentoft, S., Ullah, M.H. and Sharifuzzaman, S.M. 2016.Fishers’ perceptions of the performance of hilsa shad (Tenualosa ilisha) sanctuaries in Bangladesh. Ocean & Coastal Management, 130:309-316.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.07.003
  • Karim, M., Ullah, H., Castine, S., Islam, M.M., Keus, H.J., Kunda, M., Thilsted, S.H. and Phillips, M., 2016. Carp–mola productivity and fish consumption in small-scale homestead aquaculture in Bangladesh. Aquaculture International: 1-13.https://doi.org/10.1007/s10499-016-0078-x
  • Islam, M. M. and Chuenpagdee, R. 2013. Negotiating Risk and Poverty in Mangrove Fishing Communities of the Bangladesh Sundarbans. Maritime Studies,12(7):1-20https://doi.org/10.1186/2212-9790-12-7
  • Islam, M.M. and Herbeck, J. 2012. Migration and Translocal Livelihoods of Small-scale Fishers in Bangladesh. Journal of Development Studies, 49(6):832-84. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2013.766719
  • Jentoft, S., Onyango, P.O. and Islam, M. M. 2010. Freedom and Poverty in the Fishery Commons. International Journal of the Commons, 4(1):345–366.http://doi.org/10.18352/ijc.157
Proceeding Papers:
  • Shamsuddoha, M. andIslam, M. M. 2016. Bangladesh National Conservation Strategy: Coastal and Marine Resources. Department of Environment, The Bangladesh Government and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). p 50. https://bforest.portal.gov.bd/sites/default/files/files/bforest.portal.gov.bd/notices/c3379d22_ee62_4dec_9e29_75171074d885/Executive%20Summary(NCS).pdf
  • Shamsuddoha, M., Islam, M. M,Haque, M.A., Rahman, M. F. and Sarker, T. 2014. Impact of Climate Change on Major Economic, Social and Livelihoods Sectors in the Coastal and Haors Areas of Bangladesh. Technical Report, Participatory Research and Development Initiative-PRDI, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund (BCCTF). p 56
  • Shamsuddoha, M.,Islam, M., Haque, M.A., Rahman, M. F., Roberts, E., Hasemann, A., Roddick, S. 2013. Local Perspective on Loss and Damage in the Context of Extreme Events: Insights from Cyclone-affected Communities in Coastal Bangladesh. Germanwatch, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative, United Nations University – Institute for Human and Environment Security International Centre for Climate Change and Development. p 28. https://cprdbd.org/local-perspective-on-loss-and-damage-in-the-context-of-extreme-events/
  • Islam, M.M. and Jentoft, S. 2019. Creating an enabling environment to support disaster risk reduction in the context of the SSF Guidelines: a case study from Bangladesh. In: Securing sustainable small-scale fisheries: sharing good practices from around the world. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 644. URL: http://www.fao.org/3/CA3041EN/ca3041en.pdf
  • Islam, M.M. 2018. Boat, Waters and Livelihoods: A Study on Nomadic Fishers in the Meghna River Estuary of Bangladesh. In: Bushra Nishat,B., Mandal, S and Pangare, G.(Editors). Conserving Ilish, Securing Livelihoods: Bangladesh-India Perspectives, International Water Association
  • Islam, M.M. and Jentoft, S. 2017.Addressing disaster risks and climate change in coastal Bangladesh: Using the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines. In: Implementing the small-scale fisheries Guidelines: Global efforts, Jentoft, S. Franz,N., Paladines, M. J. B. and Chuenpagdee, R. (eds) (pp 521-539). MARE publication series, Springer, The Netherlands.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55074-9_24
  • Islam, M.M. and Hossain, M.M. 2017. Community dependency on the ecosystem services from the Sundarbans mangrove wetland in Bangladesh. In: Wetland Science: Perspectives from South Asia, B. A. K. Prusty,R. Chandra & P. A. Azeez (eds) (pp 301-316). Springer, India. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-81-322-3715-0_16
  • Islam, M. M. andChuenpagdee, R. 2017. Threats of extreme events to the Bangladesh Sundarbans: Vulnerabilities, responses and appraisal. In: Societal and governing responses to global change in marine systems. P. Guillotreau, A. Bundy, R. I. Perry (eds.), Routledgehttps://doi.org/10.4324/9781315163765
  • Islam. M.M., Shamsuzzaman, M.M., Sunny, A.R. and Islam, N. 2016. Understanding fishery conflicts in the hilsa sanctuaries of Bangladesh. In: Inter-sectoral governance of inland fisheries.Song, A.M., Bower, S.D., Onyango, P., Cooke, S.J., &Chunepagdee, R. (eds.) (pp18-31), TBTI Publication Series, St John's, NL, Canada. http://toobigtoignore.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ch-2_Islam-et-al_2017_TBTI_Inland-Fisheries-e-book.pdf
  • Islam, M. M.and Chuenpagdee, R. 2017.Nomadic fishers in the hilsa sanctuary of Bangladesh: The importance of social and cultural values for wellbeing and sustainability. In: Social wellbeing and the values of small-scale fisheries. Johnson, D., Acott, T.M., Stacey, N.,and Urquhart, J. (eds) (pp195-216). Springer, The Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60750-4_9
  • Sharifuzzaman, S. M., Rahman, H., Ashekuzzaman, S. M., Islam, M. M., Chowdhury, S. R. andHossain, M. S. 2016. Heavy Metals Accumulation in Coastal Sediments. In:Environmental remediation technologies for metal-contaminated soils.H. Hasegawa et al. (eds.) (pp. 21-42). Springer, Japan.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-55759-3_2
  • Islam, M. M. 2011. Living on the Margin: The Poverty-Vulnerability Nexus in Small-scale Fisheries in Bangladesh. In: Poverty mosaics: Realities and Prospects in Small-scale Fisheries, S. Jentoft&A. Eide (eds)( pp71-95). Springer, The Netherlands.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-1582-0_5
  • Hossain, M.M. andIslam, M. M. 2006. Ship Breaking Activity and It’s Impacts on the Coastal Zone of Chittagong, Bangadesh:Towards Sustainable Management.Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), Chittagong, Bangladesh. p ix+54. http://ypsa.org/publications/Impact.pdf
Research Support:
  • Co-applicant: Vulnerability to Viability (V2V): Global Partnership for Building Strong Small-Scale Fisheries Communities;SSHRC Canada and University of Waterloo;Jun 2020 –May 2027
  • Co-grantee: Blue Justice Alert: An Interactive Platform for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries; New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration, Canada;Jun 2020 –May 2027
  • Collaborator: Appraising Rsk, Past and Present: Interrogating Historical Data to Enhance Understanding of Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World ;Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), McGill University/SSHRC Canada; Jun 2018-May 2025
  • Co-Principal Co-Investigator:Potentials of Modernization in Fisheries Sector of Bangladesh: Study on the People’s Profile, Technologies and Policies;May 2017-Sep 2018
  • Lead Investigator:The FAO Umbrella Programme for the Promotion and Application of the SSF Guidelines in Bangladesh context; FAO; July 2017-Jun 2018
  • Collaborator: Unraveling the Vicious Circle: Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Livelihoods in Small-scale Fisheries; Norwegian Research Council; Mar 2008-Dec 2010
Undergraduate Courses:
  • CMF-113, Principles of Mangrove Management
  • CMF-221 , Oceanography
  • CMF-411, Fishing Laws and Responsible Fisheries
Masters Courses:
  • CMF-507,Mangrove Ecosystem Management
  • CMF-511, Community Based Fisheries Management (CBFM)
  • CMF-503, Marine Botany
Academic Degrees and Qualification:
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Ocean Frontier Institute, Memorial University,Canada, Jan 2020-Jan 2021
  • PhD, University of Bremen, Germany
  • M Sc, International Fisheries Management, The Arctic University of Norway
  • M Sc, Oceanography, First Class with First Position
  • B Sc, Marine Science, First Class with First Position
Positions and Affiliations:
  • Associated Director, Sylhet Agricultural University Research System (SAURES) April 2019-Jan 2020
Awards and Scholarships:
  • Travel Award to attend 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans, Washington D.C., USA by FAO
  • Travel award to attend 3rd World Small-scale Fisheries Congress, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Too Big To Ignore Project
  • Travel award to attend Water Security and Climate Change conference, Nairobi, Kenya by DAAD
  • Travel award to attend Resilience 2017 conference, Stockholm, Sweden, by Swedish Institute
  • Travel award to attend Water Security and Climate Change Conference, Cologne, Germany, by TH Cologne
  • Travel award for Mangrove &Macrobenthos Meeting (MMM4) by Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography
  • Travel award from to attend 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum, Bangkok, Thailand, byToo Big To Ignore
  • Travel award to attendWater Security and Climate Change Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, by DAAD
  • Travel award for The Third International Symposium onthe Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans, by IMBER
  • Travel award for South Asia FAO-BOBLME Regional Consultation workshop, by FAO
  • Travel Award for MAIRS Open Science Conference, by Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research
  • Travel award for the Second World Small-scale Fisheries Congress in Merida, Mexico, by Too Big To Ignore
  • Travel Award forEnvironmental Change and Migration: From Vulnerabilities to Capabilities by European Research Foundation
  • Travel award for International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management, by Norwegian College of Fishery Science
  • Doctoral Reseach Fellowship by German Research Foundation
  • NORAD Fellowship for MSc in International Fisheries Management
Role as Reviewer:
  • Marine Policy
  • Ocean and Coastal Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Natural Resources Forum
  • Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law
  • Environment, Development and Sustainability
  • International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Regional Studies in Marine Science
  • Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
  • Marine Pollution Bulletin
  • Journal of Environmental Management
  • Fisheries Management and Ecology
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Journal of Food Processing and Preservation
  • Ecological Process
  • Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences
  • Book Referee: International Food Policy Research Institute(IFPRI), Washington D.C. USA
Conference contributions (Invited Speech):
  • 3rd World Small-scale Fisheries Congress, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans,Washington, D.C.
Attended Conferences and Workshops:
  • 2018. Water Security and Climate Change conference, Nairobi, Kenya. Contribution: Oral Presentation
  • 2017. Workshop:Platform for Consultation on Hilsa Conservation and Livelihoods. International Water Association, Kathmandu, Nepal (Invited)
  • Resilience 2017 conference, Stockholm, Sweden.Contribution: Oral presentation
  • 2017. Water Security and Climate Change Conference, Cologne, Germany. Contribution: poster presentation
  • 2016. The Mangrove & Macrobenthos Meeting (MMM4), St. Augustine, FL. USA. Contribution:Oral presentation
  • 2016. 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum, Bangkok, Thailand. Contribution: Oral Presentation
  • 2016. TBTI symposium on Inland Fisheries in Asia Pacific Region,Kanchanaburi, Thailand (Invited)
  • 2016. FishAdapt: The Global Conference on the Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture, Bangkok, Thailand. Contribution: Oral presentation
  • 2016. Water Security and Cliamte Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Asia, AIT, Thailand. Contribution: Oral presentation
  • 2015. The Third International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’sOceans, Santos , Brazil.Contribution: Oral presentation
  • 2015. PECS conference on Social-Ecological Dynamics in the Anthropocene, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Contribution: Oral presentation
  • 2015. South Asia FAO-BOBLME Regional Consultation on the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security, Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Invited)
  • 2014. MAIRS Open Science Conference, Beijing, China. Contribution: Oral presentation
  • 2014. The Second World Small-scale Fisheries Congress, Merida, Mexico. Contribution: Oral presentation
  • 2011. Mini-Symposium on Coastal Connections: Fisheries, Tourism and Sustainability. International Coastal Network, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Contribution: Oral presentation
  • 2010. The World Small-scale Fisheries Congress, Bangkok, Thailand. Contribution: Oral presentation
  • 2010. Environmental Change and Migration: From Vulnerabilities to Capabilities, Bad Salzuflen, Germany. Contribution: Poster presentation
  • 2010. The First Ph D Student Conference on “Integrated Climate and Earth System Sciences in Northern Germany, Hamburg, Germany. Contribution: Poster presentation
  • 2009. POVFISH Workshop on Unravelling the Vicious Circle: Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Livelihoods in Small-scale Fisheries, Mwanza, Tanzania. Contribution: Oral presentation
  • 2009. METIER Final Conference on Climate – Water – Biodiversity – Land Use: Young Scientists Tackling Complex Environmental Challenges, European Commissions Joint Research Centre. Brussels, Belgium. Contribution: Poster presentation
  • 2008. Coastal Zone Asia Pacific Conference, Qingdao, China.Contribution: Oral presentation
  • 2007. International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Arendal, Norway.Contribution: Oral presentation
  • ZMT/IOI Winter School :Ocean Goverance for Sustainable Marine Ecosystems, February 16- 21, 2020, Bremen, Germany
  • Training Workshop: Transdisciplinarity in Fisheries & Ocean Sustainability, Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh August 24-29, 2019 (Trainer)
  • IMBER Summer School: ClimEco 4 - Delineating the Issues of Climate Change and Impacts to Marine Ecosystems: Bridging the Gap Between Research, Assessment, Policy and Management, August 04-August 09, 2014, Shanghai, China
  • The Bergen Summer Research School: Climate, Environment and Energy, June 22-July 03, 2009, Bergen, Norway