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


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;;


(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).;;;


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





  • Total number of publications : 101   (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 2036
  • HIndex 22
  • i10 Index 50
  • Email
  • Administrative position Held Officer Incharge, Centre for Biodiversity & Taxonomy, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir
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Research Papers Published

  • "Threat evaluation for biodiversity conservation of forest ecosystems using geospatial techniques: A case study of Odisha, India." Ecological Engineering, 69(8): 287 -303 {ISSN: 0925-8574}
  • "Rheum spiciforme Royle (Polygonaceae): A new record to the Flora of Kashmir valley, India" National Academy Science Letters, 37(6): 561 -565 {ISSN: 0250-541X}
  • "A taxonomic note on the misidentification of Anemone tschernjaewii Regel in Kashmir Himalaya" Taiwania, 60(1): 54 -58
  • "Benefitting from Geoinformatics: Estimating floristic diversity of Warwan valley in Northwestern Himalaya, India." Journal of Mountain Science, 12(4): 854 -863
  • "Climate Change-driven Shifts in Elevation and Ecophysiological Traits of Himalayan Plants during the Past Century" Current Science, 112(3): 595 -601 {ISSN: 0011-3891}
  • "An updated taxonomic inventory of flora of Srinagar city (Kashmir Himalaya) India, using herbarium reconstruction approach" Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences India: Section B, 1(2): DOI No. DOI: 10.1007/s40011-017-0840-5 {ISSN: 0369-821 1}
  • "Assessment of variability in morphological characters of apricot germplasm of Kashmir, India" Scientia Horticulturae, 225(2): 630 -637 {ISSN: 0304-4238}
  • "Fruit morphology of the genus Potamogeton L. in Kashmir Himalaya and its utility in taxonomic delimitation" Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity, 10(4): 274 -278 {ISSN: 2287-884x}
  • "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
  • "Correct taxonomic delimitation of Nasturtium microphyllum Rchb. from N. officinale R. Br. (Brassicaceae) in Kashmir Himalaya, India." Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity, 11(1): 154 -157 {ISSN: 2287-884X}
  • "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}
  • "Floristic composition and biological spectrum of Keran - a remote valley of northwestern Himalaya" Acta Ecologica Sinica, 00(00): DOI No. 00 {ISSN: 1872-2032}
  • "Early Evidence of Shifts in Alpine Summit Vegetation: A Case Study From Kashmir Himalaya" Frontiers in Plant Science, 11(421): DOI No. {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}
  • "Predicting invasion potential and niche dynamics of Parthenium hysterophorus (Congress grass) in India under projected climate change" Biodiversity and Conservation, 28(89): 2319 -2344 {ISSN: 0960-3115}
  • "Plant invasion alters the physico-chemical dynamics of soil system: insights from invasive Leucanthemum vulgare in the Indian Himalaya" Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 191(792): DOI No. {ISSN: 0167-6369}
  • "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. {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. {ISSN: 1617-1381}
  • "Ethno-survey of traditional use of plants as aphrodisiacs in Kashmir Himalaya, India" Journal of Herbal Medicine, 17(100256): DOI No. {ISSN: 2210-8033}

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:

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