Dr. S. Jayakumar


Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Research Area

My field of interests are Forest Ecology and Land cover dynamics. I study forest fire and its impact on flora, fauna, microbes and soil and the structure and composition of different life forms along the elevation in Western and Eastern Ghats. Patterns of regeneration and factors affecting regeneration of trees are also in my research focus. I also study the carbon sequestration potential of different life forms and how various disturbance factors affect the sequestration potential of trees. I also conduct studies on human-animal conflicts in general and human-elephant conflict in particular. Other than forest, I do research on urban sprawl and its impact on the environment. I use Remote Sensing and GIS as tools in my studies. I teach Remote Sensing and GIS, Environmental Informatics and modeling, Forest Ecology and Satellite Image Processing for environmental Applications.


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Notable Publications

Khadanga, S.S. and Jayakmar, S. (2020). Tree Biomass and Carbon Stock: Understanding the role of species richness, elevation and disturbance, Tropical Ecology, 61, 128–141.

Chhylai, S.N., SK Bera and Jayakmar, S. (2019) Modern pollen spectra from the Pala Wetland Reserve Forest, Siaha Distrdict, Southern Mizoram, Northeastern India. Journal of Palynology, DOI:10.1080/01916122.2018.1557273.

Verma, S. and Jayakumar. S. (2018). Effect of recurrent fires on soil nutrient dynamics in a tropical dry deciduous forest of Western Ghats, India, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 37(7) 668-690. (Impact Factor: 1.9). ISSN: 1054-9811 (Print) 1540-756X (Online) Taylor & Francis.

Saji, G. and Jayakumar. S. (2017). Modeling the Present and Future Desertification Risk State: A Case Study in Kolli Hill, Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu, India, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section A: Physical Sciences, 84(4):951-960. Springer.

Verma, S., and Jayakumar, S. (2015). Post-fire regeneration dynamics of tree species in a tropical dry deciduous forest, Western Ghats, India, Forest Ecology & Management, 341: 75-82.

Awards & Achievements​

Recipient of Prestigious S.K. Seth Prize for the valuable contribution in the Indian Forester titled “Carbon management in Forest Floor – An agenda of 21st century in Indian forestry scenario” in the field of Environment and Ecology for the year 2007, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.
Recipient of Best Teacher Award for eight years from 2011-2019, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India
Recipient of Best Paper Presentation Award at the International Tropical Ecology Congress – 2014, organized by International Society for Tropical Ecology at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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