Dr. Purushothaman Chirakkuzhyil Abhilash

Born in Thalavady, Kerala on 20 May 1978. B.Sc. 1998 and M.Sc. 2003, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam; Ph.D. 2009, CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow

Assistant Professor (Stage II), Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Visiting Professor, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil; Visiting Professor, Beijing Normal University, China; Visiting Professor, University of Sharjah, UAE

Awards/Honours: Global Chair: Agroecosystems Specialist Group, Commission on Ecosystem Management, IUCN; INSA Medal for Young Scientist, Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi, 2013.; Founding Member, Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS), INSA, New Delhi, 2015-; NASI-Platinum Jubilee Young Scientist Award, National Academy of Sciences India (NASI), Allahabad, 2010.; Elected Member (MNASc), National Academy of Sciences India (NASI), Allahabad, 2010-; HIYOSHI Young Leaf Award in Ecology, Hiyoshi Corporation, Japan, 2013; Guest Editor, Ecological Indicators, Elsevier, 2017-; Review Editor, Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers, 2017-; Malviya Memorial Young Faculty Award-2016, The Biotech research Society (BRSI), India; Editorial Board, Land Degradation & Development, Wiley, 2016-; Executive Editor, Tropical Ecology, ISTE, 2016-; Founding Associate Editor, Energy, Ecology and Environment, Springer, 2015; Editorial Board, Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2014-; Academic Editor, PLOS ONE, PLOS Publishers, 2014-2017; Coordinating Editor, Restoration Ecology, Wiley, 2014-; Associate Editor, Frontiers in Bioengineering & Biotechnology, Frontiers Publishers, 2014 to date; Review Editor, Frontiers in Chemistry, Frontiers Publishers, 2014 to date; Fellow, International Society for Tropical Ecology (FISTE), BHU, Varanasi 2013; Fellow, Society for Plant Research (FSPR), India, 2013; Handling Editor, Environmental Management, Springer, 2013 to date; Editorial Board, Biomass and Bioenergy, Elsevier, 2012 to date; Editorial Board, Biodegradation, Springer, 2012 to date; Associate Editor, Agronomy for Sustainable Development, Springer, 2011; Member, Commission on Ecosystem Management, IUCN, Switzerland, 2011 to date.

Research Areas: Land degradation & Restoration; Maintaining Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services in marginal / polluted / degrated and restored lands; Soil ecology & climate change

Address: Assistant Professor (Stage II), Institute of Environment & Sustinable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, U.P.; B-31-83R, Rashmi Nagar, Professor Colony, Bhogaveer Lanka, Varanasi 221005, U.P.; [Tel: Off. (0542) 2366297; Cell: 9415644280; Fax: (0542) 2366711; Email: pcabhilash@hotmail.com; pca.iesd@bhu.ac.in]

NAAS Associate, 2014