Dr. Amit Kumar


Dr. Amit Kumar, Ph.D.
Email: amit [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

I was intrigued about plants since a very early age amid an urge of knowing their names, how and where they grow and how one was different from the other. With time, this fascination grew into an urge to deepen my understanding of plants which eventually motivated me to undertake bachelor degree in Forestry from Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Himachal Pradesh, India (2004-2008) and M.Sc. (2008-2010) and Ph.D. (2017) degrees in Forestry from Forest Research Institute (Deemed to be) University, Dehradun, India.

I studied ‘floristic diversity and plant functional types across various landforms in a Trans-Himalayan zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (NDBR), Western Himalaya’ for my doctoral thesis (2012-2017), which was a part of a MOEFCC funded research project on understanding structural and functional attributes of plant communities in cold arid region of NDBR, Western Himalaya. Delineation of a new biogeographic province in the Trans-Himalaya (Kumar et al. 2017), declaration and conservation of Caragana versicolor as a keystone species (Kumar et al. 2016a), floral inventory (Kumar et al. 2013a; Kumar et al. 2016b) and four new species distributional records (Kumar et al. 2016c; Rai et al. 2017) from one of the least explored regions of the Western Himalaya are some of the major outcomes of these studies.

I joined Wildlife Institute of India (WII) as a faculty in May, 2018. Prior to joining this Institute, I was privileged to work as a faculty of Forestry at Forest Research Institute (Deemed to be) University, Dehradun and visiting faculty at Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun. I am a life member of the Association for Plant Taxonomy and The Indian Science Congress Association.

My current research interests include understanding vegetation patterns, plant associations, floristic diversity assessment and floral inventory, ethno-botany and socio-economics. My hobbies include photography, mounting herbarium sheets, trekking, motorcycling and playing Table Tennis.

Key Publications:

Kumar, A., Adhikari B.S. and Rawat G.S. (2017). Biogeographic delineation of the Indian Trans-Himalaya: Need for revision. Current Science 113(6): 1032-33.

Kumar, A., Adhikari B.S. and Rawat G.S. (2016a). Caragana versicolor Benth.(Fabaceae), a keystone species of high conservation concern in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Current Science 111(6): 985–987.

Kumar, A., Mitra M., Adhikari B.S. and Rawat G.S. (2016b). Flora of Niti Valley: a cold arid region of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Western Himalaya, India. Check List: The Journal of Biodiversity Data 12(1): 1824. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15560/12.1.1824

Kumar, A., Adhikari B.S. and Rawat G.S. (2016c). New phytogeographically noteworthy plant records from Uttarakhand, Western Himalaya, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 8(6): 8943–8947.

Sharma S., Kumar A., Kholia B.S. and Bargali S.S (2018). New pteridophytic records from Mizoram, northeastern India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 10(6): 11822-11826.

Rai I.D., Kumar A., Singh G., Adhikari B.S. and Rawat G.S. (2017). Three noteworthy additions to the flora of Western Himalaya, India and update on their phytogeography. Journal of Threatened Taxa 9(7): 10421-10425.

Sorokowski P., Groyecka A., Karwowski M., Manral U., Kumar A. et al. (2017). Free mate choice does not influence reproductive success in humans. Scientific Reports 7: 10127. (www.nature.com).

Kumar, A., Mitra, M., Adhikari, B.S. and Rawat, G.S. (2015). Depleting indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants in cold-arid region of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Western Himalaya. Medicinal & Aromatic Plants 4(3): 195. doi:10.4172/2167-0412.1000195

Kumar, A., Adhikari B.S. and Rawat G.S. (2015). Rangeland vegetation of the Indian Trans-Himalaya: An ecological review; pp. 28–41, In G.S. Rawat and B.S. Adhikari (Eds.) Ecology and Management of Grassland Habitats in India, ENVIS Bulletin: Wildlife & Protected Areas. Dehradun: Wildlife Institute of India. Vol. 17: 240 p.

Kumar, A., Mitra, M., Adhikari, B.S. and Rawat, G.S. (2013a). Additions to the plant wealth of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Western Himalaya. The Indian Forester 139(10): 959-961. (Article appeared in special issue on Wildlife).

Mitra, M., Kumar, A.,Adhikari, B.S. and Rawat, G.S. (2013). A note on transhumant pastoralism in Niti Valley, Western Himalaya, India. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice, Springer 3: 29.

Kumar, A., Mitra, M., Singh, G. and Rawat, G.S. (2012). An inventory of the flora of Binog Wildlife Sanctuary, Mussoorie, Garhwal Himalaya. Indian Journal of Fundamental and Applied Life Sciences 2(1): 281-299.

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