Dr. G Ravikanth

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Dr. G Ravikanth
Senior Fellow (Associate Professor), Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation
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  • Ph. D (Agri) in (Crop Physiology) in 2004, UAS, Bangalore 
  • M. Sc (Agri) in (Crop Physiology) in 1999, UAS, Bangalore
  • B. Sc (Forestry) in 1996 from Forestry College, Ponnompet South Kodagu


Dr. Ravikanth’s research over the last 20 years has 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:

  1. Understanding the genetic consequences of harvesting/ habitat degradation/fragmentation
  2. Evolution and Molecular systematics
  3. Biogeography and Phylogeography
  4. 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. 


  • SENIOR FELLOW (Associate Professor, 2017 –till date), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Royal Enclave, Srirampura, Jakkur Post, Bangalore – 560064

  • FELLOW -2 (Associate Professor, 2012 –2017), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Royal Enclave, Srirampura, Jakkur Post, Bangalore – 560064

  • FELLOW-1 (Assistant Professor, 2008 -2012), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Royal Enclave, Srirampura, Jakkur Post, Bangalore – 560064

  • POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, (Jan 2004- Oct 2008), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Royal Enclave, Srirampura, Jakkur Post, Bangalore – 560064

  • SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW (Aug 2001- Dec 2003), University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore-560065


  • Sandeep Sen
  • Priti Hebbar
  • Barkha Subba
  • Madhushree Munshi (Co-supervisor) 


  • Yangchen Bhutia
  • Nobin Raja
  • Arunima Sikder
  • Geethika E (Co-Supervisor)
  • Bhavani Shanker (Co-Supervisor)


Phone: 091-080-23635555 (110)
Email: gravikanth@atree.orggravikanth@gmail.com
Fax: 091-080-23530070

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Journal Articles

Harisha R.P., Siddappa Setty R., Ravikanth G. 2021 Dependency and economic benefits of the use of wild food plants among tribal communities in Malai Madeshawara Hills wildlife sanctuary, Southern India Future of Food: Journal on Food, Agriculture and Society 9 (1), ISSN-Internet 2197-411x OLCL 862804632, DOI : 10.17170/kobra-202011192211
Kamaljit S.Bawa, Asmita Sengupta, Ravi Chellam, R.Ganesan, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Nitin Pandit, G.Ravikanth, Mahesh Sankaran, Darshan Shankar, Reinmar Seidler, R. Uma Shaanker, Abi Tamim Vanak 2021 Securing biodiversity, securing our future: A national mission on biodiversity and human well-being for India Biological Conservation, Volume 253, January 2021, 108867, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108867

Book Chapters

Ravikanth G, Siddappa S, Harisha, R. P, Madegowda C and Venkata Naidu , 2019 , Honey and Gooseberry-Non-timber forest products: economic valuation and conservation challenges. In: Economic valuation of potential Bioresources for Access and Benefit Sharing. , Economic valuation of bio-resources from select ecosystems.
Santhosh Kumar J. U, Krishna V, Srirama R, Uma Shaanker R and Ravikanth G , 2017 , DNA barcoding for assessing adulteration and for detecting illegal trade of economically important trees species of India , Proceedings of the National Seminar on Bioresource Conservation and Utilization
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Arunima Sikder

  • P.hD. Candidate/ Senior Research Fellow
  • Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation Planning
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Barkha Subba

  • Senior Research Associate, ATREE
  • Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation Planning