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Dr. K.N. Ganeshaiah

Professor and Head

Department of Forestry and Environmental Sciences

and School of Ecology and Conservation

University of Agricultural Sciences

GKVK, Bangalore-560 065

Phone: 080-23636276 (Off) 9342160639 (Mob)


Date of Birth:    10th May 1953

Place of Birth  Kotiganahalli, Kolar District


Ph. D.  University of Agricultural Sciences, Banga­lore, India, l983

M.Sc. (Agri.) in Genetics & Plant Breeding, UAS, Bangalore, l979

B.Sc (Agri.), Universityof Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore,  l976.

Current Position:

Professor& Head,

Department of Forestry and Environmental Sciences,

University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.


Fulbright Fellow, USA (1991)

Parisara Prashasthi, (Karnataka State Environment Award) from the Department of Forest Ecology and Environment, Govt of Karnataka, India(1997).

Vocational Excellence Award  by Rotary Club of Bangalore Yelahanka, 2008

Karnataka Sahitya Academy Datti Award 2008 for the Kannada novel (Kanakamusuku)(2009)

British Petroleum Award for‘Resource Substitution’

The Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Award, Gold Prize for promoting ingeneous use of a plant invasive, Lantana camara, by Asia Pacific Forum for Environment & Development , Japan,2009

Radio, Hope and Awareness Media Award   from International Radio Forum – Iran(2010)

Recognitions from Scientific Bodies

Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (Since 1991)

Fellow,  Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi (Since 1997)

Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi. (Since 2004)

Fellow Current Science Association, Bangalore.

Honorary Senior Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore,(1995-)

Senior Fellow Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Bangalore, India.

EditorialBoard and Other Services

Current Science (1991‑)

My forest (1991‑)

International Journal of Phytomorphology

Proceedings of Indian National Science Academy  (2006-)

Life Scape of India (Indian Academy of Sciences series on Biodiversity of India)

Member of Government Committees / National  Task Forces/ Selection Committees:

International working group on Dipterocarps, Pondicherry, India(since 1995)

Expert Committee on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, CSIR, Govt of India

Research Council, Dept. of Forests, Ecologyand Environment, Govt. of Karnataka (since 1994)

Expert Panel, Research Advisory Committee,Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam, Kerala (since 1996)

Member, Executive Board, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore(since 1996)

Expert Committee, Central Silk Board, Bangalore (since 1995)

Research Advisory Council, Salim Ali Centrefor Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore(since 1994)

Member, Programme Advisory Committee (Animal Behavior and Ecology), Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India(1991‑ 1994)

Member, Management Advisory Committee (Young Scientist), Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (1992‑1998)

Expert Committee on Eastern and Western Ghats, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India.

Life Member, International Union for thestudy of Social Insects – Indian Chapter, UAS, Bangalore

Founder Member, Ecology and Natural Resource Unit, UAS, Bangalore

Life Member, Ethological Society of India.

Founder TRUSTEE, Ashoka Trust for Research inEcology and Environment, Bangalore,  India

Member, Marine Coastal Ecology, East Coastunder the scheme “Ministry of Ocean Development (MoOD).

Associate Member, National Institute ofAdvanced Studies, IISc, Bangalore.

Research Advisory Council Member, SERIBIOTECH, Bangalore (1993)

Member,Expert group on Application of Biotechnology for Biodiversity Conservation, NBDB, DBT, GOI, New Delhi.

Member, Task Force for Rejuvenating BSI andZSI, constituted by Ministry of Environment, GoI. (2009-10)

Chairman, for establishing a web portal for Karnataka Bioresources by KSCST, GoK, Bangalore(since 2008)

Member, Task Force on setting up web portalfor ‘National Biodiversity Information System (NBIS)’ by National Biodiversity Authority,GoI, Chennai (2010)

Member, Biodiversity Board, Orissa (since2010)

Member, Biodiversity Board, Karnataka (2005-2007)

Member, Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panelset up by MoEF, GOI New Delhi, (2010-2011)

Member, Research Council, NBRI, Lucknow (2010-)

Member, Expert Committee NSDI, DST, GOI New Delhi(2009-2011)

Chairman, Committee for Agricultural Biodiversity, KBB, GOK, Bengaluru (2010-)

Member, Expert Committee, PAC on ClimateChange, DST, GOI, New Derlhi (2010-)

Member RAC of SACON Coimbatore (2011-)

Member RAC of NBRI (2011-)

Summary of Publications, Projects, Products and other outputs



Scientific Articles



Sceintific Books Edited



Sceintific Books written



Papers in Books



Papers Proceedings



Popular Articles



CDs  Prepared






Kannada  Literature


Short Stories

(in  four collected publcations)

Other Articles

Kaalagarbha Sereis                    

(A  TV Serial on history telecast for 2 5 weeks)        








Total Publications




1.    Hasguided 15 PhD, Post graduate students.

2.    Has deliveredover 150 talks in Indiaand abroad

Contributionto Kannada Literature

i.     Authored four Novels / Fictions

                              Kanakamusaku-  Science fictionwith historical theme

                              Karisiriyana-Historical fiction

                              Kapilipisara-Science fiction

                             Chitadanta- Historical fiction  

                             ELuRottigaLu - Historical fiction  

     Mukha Dhatu- Science Fiction  

ii.   Authored three short story collections

       Padmapani(A collection of eight shortstories)

     Shalabhanjike (A collection ofeight short stories)

       Nehala (A collection ofeight short stories)

      Sigiriya (A collection ofthree novellettes)


iii.   Three of the short stories are staged as dramas and one  shortstory is adopted for a movie.

iv.   Developeda TV Serial `Kaalagarbha’- on the archaeology and history of India (Broadcast in JanaSri TV for 25 weeks)