Gopal S Rawat, D.Sc., FNAS


Gopal S Rawat, D.Sc., FNAS
Gopal S Rawat, D.Sc., FNAS
Scientist – G

Mobile No: 09412053542
Email: rawatg [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

I joined WII in 1986 in the erstwhile Faculty of Wildlife Biology. Since then I have had the privilege and fortune to work closely with some of the finest field biologists and wildlife managers in the country, which has given me exposure to contemporary issues in ecology and conservation.

I have M.Sc. (1980), Ph.D. (1984) and D.Sc. (2007) degrees in botany from Kumaun University, Nainital and am a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (Allahabad, 2004). I am a member of the IUCN/SSC Orchid and Medicinal Plant specialist groups and a life member of the Association for Plant Taxonomy. Prior to joining WII, I served in the Botanical Survey of India, Dehradun and in the departments of botany of Kumaun and Garhwal universities in various capacities.

In 1988, I was awarded an FAO fellowship to undergo six months’ on-the-job training in habitat evaluation procedures at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Later (in 1993), I also underwent training in alpine plant ecology at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder, U.S.A. My current research interests include long term ecological monitoring of high altitude ecosystems; ecology and management of alpine rangeland/alpine meadows; and orchid systematics and ecology. Besides performing my routine duties at WII, I work as the Secretary, Uttarakhand Chapter of the National Academy of Sciences, India and Associate Editor, Tropical Ecology in honorary capacities.


Angiosperm taxonomy; wildlife habitat ecology; mountain ecosystems ecology.

Current Projects

  Habitat ecology and conservation status of wild ungulates in northern parts of Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, Ladakh.
  Global experiments on savanna tree seedlings in Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan.
  Taxonomy, distribution and conservation management of Orchids.


  Rawat G.S.1997. Conservation status of forests and wildlife in the Eastern Ghats, India.Environmental Conservation24 (4):307-315.
Rawat G.S.& B.S. Adhikari (2005). Floristics and Distribution of Plant Communities across Moisture and Topographic Gradients in Tso Kar Basin, Changthang Plateau, Eastern Ladakh.Arctic, Antarctic & Alpine Research37 (4): 539-544.
Rawat G.S. (2005).Vegetation dynamics and management of Rhinoceros habitat in Duars of West Bengal: An Ecological Review.National Academy  Science  Letters  28 (5 & 6): 179-186.
Rawat G.S. (2007).Pastoral Practices, Wild Mammals and Conservation Status of Alpine Meadows in Western Himalaya.Journal of  Bombay Natural History Society104 (1): 5-11.
Tambe S. &G.S. Rawat(2009). Ecology, Economics and Equity of the Pastoral Systems in the Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim Himalaya, India.Ambio38 (2): 95 – 100.
  Pecteilis rawatii(Orchidaceae), a New Species from India - P. Kumar &  J.F. Veldkamp (577 KB)(PDF)
  On the occurrence ofPecteilis triflora(D. Don) T.Tang & F.T.Wang (Orchidaceae) in India - Pankaj Kumar, Jeewan Singh Jalal & Gopal Singh Rawat (2.88 MB) (PDF)
Comparative study of fuelwood consumption by villagers and seasonal ‘‘Dhaba owners’’ in the tourist affected regions of Garhwal Himalaya, India-Gajendra Singh,G.S. Rawat,Deepti Verma (250 KB) (PDF)
Protected Area Network in the Himalayan Region and its efficacy in Biodiversity Conservation - G.S. Rawat & B.S. Adhikari  (9.21 MB) (PDF)
Plant diversity in sacred forest fragments of Western Ghats: a comparative study of four life forms - Navendu V. Page Æ Qamar Qureshi,Gopal S. Rawat, Cheppudira G. Kushalappa (382 KB) (PDF)
Proposal to broaden the scope of Art. 37.5 allowing an illustration as a type when it is “impossible” to preserve a specimen - Pankaj Kumar,Gopal Singh Rawat & J.F. Veldkamp (126 KB)  (PDF)
Unveiling a wildlife haven: status and distribution of four Trans-Himalayan ungulates in Sikkim, India, Pranav Chanchani, Gopal S . Rawat and Surendra P. Goyal (419 KB) (PDF)
Biomass and diversity of dry alpine plant communities along altitudinal gradients in the Himalayas, Tsewang Namgail, Gopal S. Rawat, Charudutt Mishra, Sipke E. van Wieren, Herbert H. T. Prins (PDF)
Floristics and Distribution of Plant Communities across Moisture and Topographic Gradients in Tso Kar Basin, Changthang Plateau, Eastern Ladakh, Gopal S. Rawat and Bhupendra S. Adhikari  (332 KB) (PDF)
Temperate and alpine grasslands of the Himalayan: ecology and conservation, Gopal S. Rawat (10.8 MB) (PDF)
Assessing vegetation changes in timberline ecotone of Nanda Devi National Park, Uttarakhand, Rupesh R. Bharti, Bhupendra S. Adhikari, Gopal S. Rawat (.98 MB) (PDF)
List of Publications (94 KB) (PDF)

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