Dr. G Ravikanth
Dr. Ravikanth’s is the acting Director at ATREE and his research interests over the last 20 years have focused on applying molecular tools in the context of tropical forest conservation and species recovery. He has led multiple research projects focusing on forest genetic resources that provide critical societal value. His empirical work has largely focused on Conservation genetics and molecular ecology, examining local patterns of spatial genetic structure across a range of economically important species. A core research focus has been on enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of Forest Genetic Resources to deliver sustainable development. He has also focused on developing tools and research outputs to manage forest genetic resources of Western Ghats for forest landscape restoration and livelihoods.
Ravikant’s recent research has been on developing DNA barcodes for number medicinal plants. He has used DNA barcoding to assess the extent of adulteration in herbal trade. He is also assessing the impacts of harvesting on the genetic structure of plant populations. Ravikanth’s research interests can be broadly divided into:
- Understanding the genetic consequences of harvesting/ habitat degradation/fragmentation
- Evolution and Molecular systematics
- Biogeography and Phylogeography
- Chemical Ecology and Bioprospecting
His research integrates molecular, ecological, phylogenetics and niche modelling tools to address some fundamental research questions. His research group works across various taxa, including plants, amphibians and molluscs.