Ex. Head of Botany Department & Ex. Director, Blatter Herbarium Dr. (Mrs.) Saramma Almeida served as a Director of BLAT from 1983 to 2000. She was also Head of Botany Department. She is a recognized Post graduate guide for M. Sc., M. Phil. and Ph. D. degrees in Botany at University of Mumbai.
Many students have been awarded their degrees under her guidance. She has authored 2 volumes of `Flora of Savantwadi’ and has published about 35 research papers. She has discovered 12 new species/varieties. She has recorded 75 new plant species from Maharashtra and brought out a number of corrections on plant nomenclature in the text which are accepted and followed by the Scientists at the national and international levels.
Dr. Saramma had undertaken and successfully completed 8 research projects. She has written foreword for six books and reviewed about 5 scientific books. She was awarded UGC emeritus Professorship in yr. 2000. She received `Dr. H. Santapau Medal for 1999 from Association of Plant Taxonomy (APT) & Institution of Ethnobiology, India. She was felicitated by South Ratnagiri District Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, Savantwadi, on the occasion of `62nd Anniversary of late Bapusaheb Maharaj’ on 4th July 1999.