Sacon

Landscape Ecology

The work of this division includes both basic and applied aspects of the agenda on sustainable use of natural resources. The major interests are:

  1. Remote sensing and ecosystem structure and function. Typically the projects would address questions such as change detection, long-term monitoring of processes of ecosystem; integration of such system models with GIS tools is of particular interest
  2. Restoration ecology of degraded terrestrial habitats emphasizing on autecology of promising indigenous species and study on bird-plant interactions
  3. Sustainable natural resource use
  4. Development of remote sensing and GIS applications in forest and wildlife ecology

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Dr.P. Balasubramanian

Senior Principal Scientist & Head

Research Interests:Major area of research includes bird-plant interactions with reference to the role of birds in pollination and seed dispersal in the forest ecosystem. The other areas of interest are Ethnobotany and vegetation ecology.

Contact:balusacon@yahoo.com


Karunakaran

Dr. P.V.Karunakaran

Principal Scientist

Research Interests:My research interests include landscape level management of natural resources, angiosperm taxonomy, biodiversity conservation, community conservation, and protected area management. I am a life member of Society for Environemntal Education in Kerala and Malabar Natural History Society and in the editorial board of Malabar Trogon and Malabarica.


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Dr. Chellam Muthumperumal

SERB – Young Scientist

Research interest: Biodiversity studies includes plant diversity inventory, plant functional traits, ecosystem services, restoration ecology and conservation.


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Manikandan. P

Ph.D Scholar

Topic:Study on nest tree preferences by cavity nesting birds in the riparian forests of Athikadavu Valley, Western Ghats


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L. Prakash

Ph.D Scholar

Topic:A study on the Flora of Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve

Ongoing

  • Assessment of conflict between peafowls and farmers in Coimbatore. Funding: Tamil Nadu Forest Department.

Completed

  1. Role of birds in seed dispersal and natural regeneration of forest plants in Tamil Nadu. Funding: Tamil Nadu Forest Department. PI
  2. Documentation of ethnobiological knowledge of tribals in Sathyamangalam Forest Division. Funding: Tamil Nadu Forest Department
  3. Ethnoecology and phytochemistry of medicinal plants in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Funding: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India. CI
  4. Impact of human interference on plant and bird communities in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Funding: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India
  5. Environmental impact assessment of TACID growth centre, Perunthurai, Periyar District, Tamil Nadu Rapid floral and faunal survey), Industrial & Technical Consultancy Organization of Tamil Nadu Limited, Salem, Tamil Nadu
  6. Hornbill-tree interactions with special reference to identification and conservation of keystone mutualists in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Funding: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India
  7. Habitat utilization by Malabar Pied Hornbill in Athikadavu Valley, Western Ghats. Funding: Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History. PI
  8. Status and distribution of the hornbills in the Western Ghats, Funding: Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History
  9. Survey of Great Hornbill nests and determination of breeding season diet in the Nilgiris. Funding: Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History
  10. Environmental Impact Assessment study on the proposed developmental project in Pathiramanal Island, Kerala
  11. Monitoring the ecology of the tropical dry evergreen forest of Point Calimere. Funding: Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History. PI
  12. Environmental assessment of the Kundha Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. Funding: Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, Chennai
  13. Rapid environmental assessment of the India-based Neutrino Observatory Project, Singara, Nlgiris, Tamil Nadu. Funding: Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
  14. Status and distribution of the hornbills in the Eastern Ghats, Funding: Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History
  15. Environmental assessment of the Asakadupatti weir site, Kolli hills, Tamil Nadu. Funding: Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, Chennai
  16. Resource inventory of medicinal plants in Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary. Funding: Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Wildlife Wing, Nagapattinam
  17. A rapid status survey of Manilkara hexandra Dubard in Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary. Funding: Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Wildlife Wing, Nagapattinam
  18. Plant-bird interactions with special reference to identification of bird-attracting plants for afforestation of Attappady hills, Kerala. Funding: Attappady Hills Area Development Society, Kerala
  19. Ecology of Indian Grey Hornbill Ocyceros birostris with special reference to its role in seed dispersal in southern Eastern Ghats. Funding: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India
  20. Pollination and seed dispersal by animals in the dry deciduous forests of southern Eastern Ghats, Funding: Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Chennai
  21. Study on pollinators and seed dispersers in scrub, dry evergreen and shola forest ecosystems of Tamil Nadu. Funding: Tamil Nadu Forest Department
  22. Monitoring post-tsunami coastal ecosystem recovery and developing site-specific restoration measures in Nicobar Islands, Funding: Department of Environment and Forest, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  23. Avian frugivory and seed dispersal of endemic trees in select shola forests in Nilgiri hills, Western Ghats. Funding: Tamil Nadu Forest Department
  24. Avian frugivory and seed dispersal of endemic trees in Thia shola forest in the Nilgiri hills, Western Ghats. Funding: Tamil Nadu Forest Department.
  25. Status and Distribution surveys of Threatened plant taxa in Tamil Nadu (Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary, Mukurthi National Park, Gudalur Forest Division and Point Calimere wildlife and Bird Sanctuary). Funding: Tamil Nadu Forest Department
  26. A study on  Ecosystem requirements of hornbills in Munnar landscape area. Funding : UNDP
  27. Ecological investigation of woody vegetation and nest tree use by birds in the riverine forests in Athikadavu Valley, Western Ghats. Funding : Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India.

  1. Prakash, L. and Balasubramanian, P. 2016. A note on Luisia abrahami Vatsala (Orchidaceae ) rare, endemic species from Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve, Eastern Ghats, Indian Journal of Forestry 39(3):299-302
  2. Manikandan P and  P. Balasubramanian 2016 Bird Diversity of a Riparian Forest in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India, Indian forester, 142(10):979-988
  3. Gunasekaran M and P. Balasubramanian, 2016. Sthalavirkshas (Temple trees): The indicator species for remnant flora of Tamil Nadu, India, Geophytology, 46(1): 25-32.
  4. Aruna, R and P. Balasubramanian. 2015. Fruting phenology of a scrub forest in Thiruporur, Eastern Ghats, India, International Letters of Natural Sciences, 44: 25-30
  5. Nehru, P. and Balasubramanian, P. 2015. Littoral forest composition and influence of soil characteristics on vegetation succession in the tsunami impacted coastal habitats of Nicobar Islands, India. Journal of Island Ecology, 1(1):1-17.
  6. Anbarasu, C and Balasubramanian, P. 2015. Tree diversity in the Tropical Montane Evergreen Forest (Shola) in the Nilgiri Mountains, Western Ghats. Indian Forester, 141(5): 490-495.
  7. Santhoshkumar, E. and Balasubramanian, P. 2014. Food Habits of Indian Grey Hornbill Ocyceros birostris in Sathyamangalam Forest Division, Eastern Ghats, India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 111(2): 90-97.
  8. Greeshma, P. Nair, P.Balasubramanian, R. Jaishanker, V. Sarojkumar and N. P. Sooraj. 2014. Taxonomy and Ethnobotany of Sthalavrikshas (Temple trees) in Palakad, Kerala, India. Science and Culture, 80(3-4):103-105.
  9. Nehru, P and Balasubramanian, P. 2014. Recovery rate of vegetation in the tsunami impacted littoral forest of Nicobar Islands, India. Forest Ecology and Management,313:243-253.
  10. Aruna, R. and Balasubramanian, P. 2014. Fruiting phenology and avian frugivory of Streblus asperLour. in a mixed dry deciduous forest, Western Ghats, India. International Letters of Natural Sciences, 17:16-21.
  11. Anbarasu, C and Balasubramanian, P. 2013. Fruiting phenology of trees in the Tropical Montane Evergreen Forest (Shola) of Nilgiri hills, Western Ghats. Indian Journal of biological Technology, 4(3):1-8.
  12. Rajeshkumar, N. and Balasubramanian, P. 2012. Habitat use and food habits in Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus in Anaikatty hills, Western Ghats. Indian Birds, 7(5): 125-127.
  13. Balasubramanian, P., Nehru, P., and Sebastian, M.K. 2012. Forest genetic resources conservation in SACON, Anaikatty, Coimbatore, in: Forest Genetic Resources Management in India (Eds.) pages 314-319, K. Palanisamy, and N. Krishnakumar, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore.
  14. Nehru. P and Balasubramanian. P. 2012. Sonneratia ovata Backer (Lythraceae): Status and distribution of a Near Threatened mangrove species in tsunami impacted mangrove habitats of Nicobar Islands, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 4(15): 3395-3400.
  15. Balasubramanian, P. and Azeez, P. A. 2012. Floral diversity and vegetation ecology of the Pathiramanal Island in Vembanad Lake, Kerala. Indian Forester, 138 (9):804-811.
  16. Gunasekaran, M. and Balasubramanian, P. 2012. Ethnomedicinal uses of Sthalavrikshas (Temple trees) in Tamil Nadu, southern India, Ethnobotany Research and Applications,10:253-267.
  17. Nishadh, K.A., Balasubramanian. P and Azeez, P.A. 2012.Envirocloud: Lending Voice for Conservation and Management of Urban Trees. Proceedings of National seminar on Geospatial Solutions for Resource Conservation and Management. Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. 308-312.

 

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