Assistant Professor

My broad research interests span across the disciplines of Plant Taxonomy, Ecology and Biodiversity.

Our Lab uses tools of taxonomy and ecology to contribute in the documentation, conservation and sustainbale use of plant biodiversity in Kashmir Himalaya.

 

Recent Book Published: Biodiversity of the Himalaya: Jammu and Kashmir State https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-32-9174-4

 

Currently, some of the focal areas of research in our Lab are:

 

(i) Floristic and Systematic Studies on Flora of Jammu (Western), Kashmir (North-Western) and Ladakh (Trans-) Himalayas

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2287884X18300189; 

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-017-1478-6); 

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40011-017-0840-5

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/environmental-conservation/article/prioritizing-conservation-of-medicinal-flora-in-the-himalayan-biodiversity-hotspot-an-integrated-ecological-and-socioeconomic-approach/4C9B2948FC36B4AD1EDAA5ABD164B5F4

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210803319300028

https://checklist.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=29506

 

(ii) Biotic Inventory, Impact Assessment, and Management Protocols of Invasive Alien Plants at multiple spatial scales, i.e. Kashmir Himalaya (regional), India (national) and world’s mountains (global). 

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10530-006-9032-6; 

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10530-011-9981-2; 

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10531-017-1478-6; 

http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-11-00082.1 

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-008-9419-z 

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001393511100123X

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1756-1051.2010.00750.x

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-019-01775-y

 

(iii) Impacts of anthropogenic climate change on plant phenology and alpine ecosystems in the Himalaya

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2020.00421/full

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-019-01731-w

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-018-1641-8

https://data.lter-europe.net/deims/site/343

http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/112/03/0595.pdf

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969718300123?via%3Dihub

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-018-1641-8

 

 

 

  

  • Total number of publications : 167   (For full list, View my Resume available at Faculty Details on top right side of this webpage)

My research interests are supplemented by personal hobbies of travelling, tracking and hiking to high-altitude mountains in Himalayas to photograph the fascinating flowers and the natural landscapes. Luckily my hobbies are inseparably linked to my profession as a botanist and passion for plants as well.

Faculty Details

  • Citations 2539
  • HIndex 26
  • i10 Index 61
  • Email anzarak@uok.edu.in anzarak@gmail.com
  • Administrative position Held Officer Incharge, Centre for Biodiversity & Taxonomy, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir
  • Resume View



Research Papers Published

  • "Assessment of variability in morphological characters of apricot germplasm of Kashmir, India" Scientia Horticulturae, 225(2): 630 -637 {ISSN: 0304-4238}
  • "Patterns of alien plant diversity in the urban landscapes of global biodiversity hotspots: a case study from the Himalayas" Biodiversity and Conservation, 27(5): 1055 -1072 {ISSN: 0960-3115} Impact Factor= 2.828
  • "Early stage litter decomposition across biomes" Science of the Total Environment, 628(629): 1369 -1394 {ISSN: 0048-9697} Impact Factor= 4.610
  • "Impact of climate change on the distribution range and niche dynamics of Himalayan birch, a typical treeline species in Himalayas" Biodiversity and Conservation, 00(00): DOI No. 00 {ISSN: 10.1007/s1}
  • "Early Evidence of Shifts in Alpine Summit Vegetation: A Case Study From Kashmir Himalaya" Frontiers in Plant Science, 11(421): DOI No. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2 {ISSN: 1664-462X}
  • "Impact of climate change on the distribution range and niche dynamics of Himalayan birch, a typical treeline species in Himalayas" Biodiversity and Conservation, 28(89): 2345 -2370 {ISSN: 0960-3115}
  • "Prioritizing conservation of medicinal flora in the Himalayan biodiversity hotspot: An integrated ecological and socioeconomic approach" Environmental Conservation, 46(2): 147 -154 {ISSN: 0376-8929}
  • "Diversity, distribution and traditional uses of medicinal plants in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state of Indian Himalayas" Journal of Herbal Medicine, 17(100280): DOI No. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.herm {ISSN: 2210-8033}
  • "Impact assessment of anthropogenic threats to high-valued medicinal plants of Kashmir Himalaya, India" Journal for Nature Conservation, 50(125715): DOI No. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnc. {ISSN: 1617-1381}
  • "Ethno-survey of traditional use of plants as aphrodisiacs in Kashmir Himalaya, India" Journal of Herbal Medicine, 17(100256): DOI No. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.herm {ISSN: 2210-8033}
  • "Railways redistribute plant species in mountain landscapes" Journal of Applied Ecology, 58(9): 1967 -1980 {ISSN: 1365-2664}
  • "An integrated policy framework and plan of action to prevent and control plant invasions in India" Environmental Science & Policy, 124(1): 64 -72 {ISSN: 1462-9011}
  • "Substantial shifts in flowering phenology of Sternbergia vernalis in the Himalaya: Supplementing decadal field records with historical and experimental evidences" Science of The Total Environment, 795(148811): DOI No. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scit {ISSN: 0048-9697}
  • "Predicting shifts in distribution range and niche breadth of plant species in contrasting arid environments under climate change" Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 193(7): 1 -17 {ISSN: 1573-2959}
  • "Tree diversity, distribution and regeneration in major forest types along an extensive elevational gradient in Indian Himalaya: Implications for sustainable forest management" Forest Ecology and Management, 506(119968): DOI No. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fore {ISSN: 0378-1127}
  • "Ensemble modelling enables identification of suitable sites for habitat restoration of threatened biodiversity under climate change: A case study of Himalayan Trillium" Ecological Engineering, 176(106534): DOI No. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecol {ISSN: 0925-8574}
  • "Invasion shadows in soil system overshadow the restoration of invaded ecosystems: Implications for invasive plant management" Ecological Engineering, 164(106219): DOI No. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecol {ISSN: 0925-8574}
  • "Global maps of soil temperature" Global Change Biology, 28(9): 3110 -3144 {ISSN: 1365-2486}
  • "Swertia kashmirensis, a new species from Bangus Valley of Kashmir Himalaya, India" Phytotaxa, 532(1): 93 -100 {ISSN: 1179-3155}
  • "Ephedra pangiensis, a new synonym of E. intermedia (Ephedraceae)" Phytotaxa, 533(1): 83 -90 {ISSN: 1179-3155}
  • "Tree diversity, distribution and regeneration in major forest types along an extensive elevational gradient in Indian Himalaya: Implications for sustainable forest management" Forest Ecology and Management, 506(1): DOI No. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fore {ISSN: 0378-1127}

Books Published

  • "Biodiversity of the Himalaya: Jammu and Kashmir State". Springer, Singapore. {ISBN: 978-981-32-9173-7} pp 1100

Research Projects Details:

Title of the ProjectFunding AgencyDatedAmount (in Rs.)
Alpine ecosystem dynamics and impact of climate change in Indian Himalaya (PRACRITI-II)Space Applications Centre (SAC-ISRO), Govt. of India, Ahmadabad31-03-20172,920,000.00
Advanced Taxonomic Research Centre for Alpine Flora and Training Centre in Kashmir HimalayaMinistry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF & CC), Govt. of India under the All India Coordinated Project on Capacity Building in Taxonomy (AICOPTAX) Scheme14-08-20164,947,800.00
Taxonomic Characterization and Conservation Assessment of Ephedra in IndiaScience and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology(DST), Govt. of India22-11-20166,042,520.00
Vegetation Carbon Pool Assessment (VCP) Sub-Project of the ISRO Geosphere Biosphere Program (IGBP) National Carbon Project (NCP)National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC-ISRO), Govt. of India, Hyderabad03-11-20161,444,500.00
Convergence of Traditional Knowledge Systems for Integration to Sustainable Development in the Indian Himalayan RegionDepartment Science & Technology, Govt. of India under National Mission on Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) Scheme10-03-20164,988,800.00

Research Scholars:

NameCourseStatusNature
Shugufta RasheedM.Phil Awarded Whole Time
Insha MuzaferM.Phil Awarded Whole Time
Maroof HamidM.Phil Awarded Whole Time
Zubair A RatherM.Phil Awarded Whole Time
Shiekh Marifatul HaqM.Phil Awarded Whole Time