Dr. M. Aravindakshan, Coordinator
Dr. M. Aravindakshan has over 40 years of experience in teaching, research and extension activities in tropical horticulture.
A well-known expert on organic agriculture and environment-friendly landscaping practices, Dr. Aravindakshan was entrusted with the work of massive tree planting at Amrita University's Coimbatore Campus. Prior to joining Amrita, he was Professor and HoD, Department of Horticulture and the Director of Center for Tree Crops and Environmental Horticulture at Kerala Agricultural University. He also served as Chairman of the Coconut Development Board, Government of India.
Dr. Aravindakshan established India's first College of Horticulture in Kerala and has considerable international experience. He completed his post-doctoral research at the University of Hawaii, USA. and served as Visiting Professor at the University of Paraiba, Brazil. He was deputed as an expert from India to Panama, where he presented a report on the development of horticulture. Dr. Aravindakshan is widely traveled in India and abroad.
Dr. Aravindakshan's current areas of interest are organic agriculture, medicinal plants, neutraceuticals, tree planting and landscaping. He has developed an extensive collection of medicinal plants at Amrita and is the President of Indian Society of Organic Agriculture. His work has been presented at several national and international conferences. Dr. Aravindakshan obtained his Ph.D. from University of Madras.
Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, Scientist
Dr. Ramachandran recently completed his doctoral dissertation in Forest Ecology under the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. He studied vegetation dynamics of timber-extracted evergreen forests and cardamom and coffee plantations at Nelliampathy in the southern Western Ghats, Kerala, India. He has nearly eight years of research experience and five publications in journals of repute.
- Senior Research Fellow in the project Species Recovery of Dipterocarpus bourdillonii and Humboldtia bourdillonii, Two Critically Endangered Endemic Trees of Western Ghats, funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India from Nov. 2006 through April 2009 at Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi.
- Research Fellow in the project Evaluation of Plant Diversity and Restocking of Selection-Felled Gaps in the Tropical Wet Evergreen Forests of Nelliampathy R.F. in the Western Ghats of Kerala, funded by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India from June 2002 to January 2005 at KFRI, Peechi.
- Research Fellow in the project Preparation of a GIS Database of Riparian Systems of Periyar Tiger Reserve from Nov. 2001 to March 2002, funded by World Bank Eco-development Programme at KFRI, Peechi.
- Participated in the ecological field research undertaken as a part of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Inventory Programme of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Network of Colleges, Universities and NGOs, organised by Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Study Area -- Dhoni Hills, Palakkad.