1. Krishnaswamy, J., Vaidyanathan, S., Rajagoplan, B., Bonnell, M., Sankaran, M.,  Bhalla, R. S. & Badiger, S. (2015). 
Non-stationary and non-linear influence of ENSO and Indian Ocean Dipole in the variability of Indian monsoon rainfall and extreme rain events. 
Climate Dynamics 45: 175-184.

2. Osuri, A. M., Madhusudan, M. D., Kumar, V. S., Chengappa, S. K., Kushalappa, C. G. & Sankaran, M. (2014). 
Spatio-temporal variation in forest cover and biomass across sacred groves in a human-dominated landscape of India's Western Ghats. 
Biological Conservation 178: 193 - 199.

3.  Wordley, C. F., Foui, E. K., Mudappa, D., Sankaran, M. & Altringham, J. D. (2014). 
Acoustic identification of bats in teh southern Western Ghats, India. 
Acta Chiropterologica 16(1): 213 - 222.

4. Kohli, M., Suryavanshi, K. S., Sankaran, M. & Mishra, C. (2014). 
A penny saved is a penny earned: lean season foraging strategy of an alpine ungulate. 
Animal Behaviour 92: 93 - 100.

5. Osuri, A. M., Kumar, V. S. & Sankaran, M. (2014). 
Altered stand structure and tree allometry reduce carbon storage in evergreen forest fragments in India's Western Ghats. 
Forest Ecology & Management 329: 375 – 383.

6.  Hautier, Y. et al. (including Sankaran M) (2014). 
Eutrophication weakens stabilizing effects of diversity in natural grasslands. 
Nature 508: 521 - 525 (doi:10.1038/nature13014).

7.  Lehmann, C.E.R, Anderson, T. M., Sankaran, M., Higgins, S. I., Archibald, S., Hoffmann, W.A., Hanan, N. P., Williams, R. J., Fensham, R., Felfili, J., Hutley, L., Ratnam, J., San Jose, J., Montes, R., Franklin, D., Russell-Smith, J., Ryan, C. M., Durigan, G., Hiernaux, P., Haidar, R., Bowman, D.M.J.S and Bond, W. J. (2014). 
Savanna vegetation-fire-climate relationships differ between continents. 
Science 343: 548 - 552.

8. Seabloom, E. W. et al. (including Sankaran M) (2013). 
Predicting invasion in grassland ecosystems: is exotic dominance the real embarrasment of richness?
Global Change Biology 19: 3677 - 3687.

9.  Sankaran, M., Ratnam J. & Augustine, D. J. (2013). 
Native ungulates of diverse body sizes collectively regulate long-term woody plant demography and structure of a semi-arid savanna. 
Journal of Ecology 101: 1389 - 1399.

10. Moustakas, A., Kunin, W.E., Cameron, T. C. & Sankaran, M. (2013). 
Facilitation or competition?  Tree effects on grass biomass across a precipitation gradient. 
PLoS ONE 8(2): e57025. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057025

11. Velho, N., Ratnam, J., Srinivasan, U. & Sankaran, M. (2012). 
Shifts in community structure of tropical trees and avian frugivores in forests recovering from past logging. 
Biological Conservation 153: 32-40.

12. Ratnam, J., Bond, W.J., Fensham, R. J., Hoffmann, W. A., Archibald, S., Lehmann, C. E. R., Anderson, M. T., Higgins, S. I. and Sankaran, M. (2011). 
When is a forest a savanna, and why does it matter?  Global Ecology & Biogeography.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00634.x

13. Higgins, S.I., Scheiter, S. and Sankaran, M. (2010).
The stability of African savannas: Insights from the indirect estimation of the parameters of a dynamic model .
Ecology 91: 1682 - 1692.

14. Moustakas, A., Wiegand, K., Meyer, K. M., Ward, D. & Sankaran, M. (2010). 
Learning new tricks from old trees: revisiting the savanna question. 
Frontiers in Biogeography 2.2: 49 - 55.

15. Sankaran, M. (2009).
Diversity patterns in savanna grassland communities: implications for conservation strategies in a biodiversity hotspot.
Biodiversity & Conservation 18: 1099-1115.

16. Srivastava, D. S., Cardinale B. J., Downing A. L., Duffy J.E., Jouseau C, Sankaran, M. & Wright J. P.   (2009).
Diversity has stronger top-down than bottom-up effects on decomposition .
Ecology 90: 1073-1083.

17. Cardinale, B. J., D. S. Srivastava, J. E. Duffy, J. P. Wright, A. L. Downing, M. Sankaran, C. Jouseau, M. W. Cadotte, I. T. Carroll, J. J. Weis, A. Hector, and M. Loreau. (2009).
Effects of biodiversity on the functioning of ecosystems: A summary of 164 experimental manipulations of species richness.
Ecology (Data Paper) 90 (3): 854.

18. Ratnam, J., Sankaran, M., Hanan N. P., Grant, R. C & Zambatis, N. (2008).
Nutrient resorption patterns of plant functional groups in a tropical savanna: variation and functional significance .
Oecologia 157 (1): 141 – 151 (doi: 10.1007/s00442-008-1047-5).

19. Sankaran, M., Ratnam, J & Hanan, N. P. (2008).
Woody cover in African savannas: the role of resources, fire and herbivory.
Global Ecology & Biogoegraphy. 17: 236 - 245.

20.  Grace, J. B., Anderson, M. T., Smith, M., Seabloom, E., Andelman, S., Meche, G., Weiher, E., Allain, L. K., Jutila, H., Sankaran, M., Knops, J., Ritchie, M.E. & Willig, M. R. (2007).
Does species diversity limit productivity in natural grassland communities?
Ecology Letters 10: 680 – 689.

21. Cardinale, B. J., Srivastava, D. S., Duffy, J. E., Wright, J. P., Downing, A. L., Sankaran, M. & Jouseau, C. (2006).
Effects of biodiversity on the functioning of trophic groups and ecosystems .
Nature 443: 989 - 992.

22. Sankaran, M., Niall P. Hanan, Robert J. Scholes, Jayashree Ratnam, Brian S. Cade, Jonas Ardo, David J. Augustine, Feetham Banyikwa, Andries Bronn, Gabriela Bucini, Kelly K. Caylor, Michael B. Coughenour, Alioune Diouf, Wellington Ekaya, Christie J. Feral, Edmund C. February, Peter G. H. Frost, Jacques Gignoux, Pierre Hiernaux, Steven I. Higgins, Halszka Hrabar, Xavier Le Roux, Fulco Ludwig, Kristine L. Metzger, Herbert H. T. Prins, Susan Ringrose, William Sea, Jörg Tews, Jeff Worden, Nick Zambatis. (2005).
Determinants of woody cover in African savannas
Nature 438: 846 - 849.

23. Bunker, D. E., De Clerck, F., Bradford, J. C., Colwell, R. K., Perfecto, I., Phillips, O., Sankaran, M. & Naeem, S. (2005).
Species Loss and Above-ground Carbon Storage in a Tropical Forest.
Science 310: 1029-1031.

24. Sankaran, M. (2005).
Fire, grazing and the dynamics of tall-grass savannas in the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve.
Conservation & Society 3(1): 4 – 25.

25. Sankaran, M., Ratnam, J & Hanan, N. P. (2004).
Tree grass coexistence in savannas revisited – insights from an examination of assumptions and mechanisms invoked in existing models.
Ecology Letters 7: 480-490.

26. Sankaran, M. & Augustine, D. J. (2004).
Large herbivores suppress microbial abundance in a semi-arid grazing ecosystem.
Ecology 85(4): 1052-1061.

27. Sankaran, M. & McNaughton, S. J. (1999).
Determinants of biodiversity regulate compositional stability of communities.
Nature 401: 691-693.

Book chapters, proceedings and communications

1. Sankaran, M. & Ratnam, J. 2013.  355:
African and Asian Savannas. 
In ‘Encyclopedia of Biodiversity’ 2nd Edition.  Simon Levin (Editor-in-Chief).  Elsevier Press. (in press).

2. Sankaran, M. & McNaughton, S. J. 2013. 
Terrestrial plant-herbivore interactions: Integrating across multiple determinants and trophic levels.
In Vegetation Ecology 2nd Edition (ed.) van der Maarel, E.  Blackwell Science, Oxford. (in press)

3. Duffy, J. E., Srivastava, D. S., McLaren, J., Sankaran, M., Solan, M., Griffin, J., Emmerson, M. & Jones, K. E. 2009. 
Forecasting decline in ecosystem services under realistic scenarios of extinction. 
In Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing: An Ecological and Economic Perspective. Shahid Naeem, Daniel E. Bunker, Andy Hector, Michel Loreau & Charles Perrings (eds).  Oxford University Press.  pp 60: 77.

4. Sankaran, M. & Anderson T. M. 2009.
Management and restoration in African Savannas: Interactions and feedbacks. 
In New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration, Richard Hobbs & Kate Suding (eds). Island Press, pp 136-155.

5. Ojima, D. S., Wall, D. H., Moore, J., Galvin, K., Hobbs, N. T., Hunt, W. H., Paustian, K., Swift, D., Boone, R. B., Conant, R. T., Klein, J., Christensen, L., Sankaran, M., Ratnam, J., Ayres, E., Steltzer, H., Simmons, B. and Williams, G. 2006.
Don’t sell social science short.
Science 312: 1470.

6. Sankaran, M. & McNaughton, S. J. 2005. 
Terrestrial plant-herbivore interactions: Integrating across multiple determinants and trophic levels.
In Vegetation Ecology (ed.) van der Maarel, E.  Blackwell Science, Oxford. pp 265-285.

7. Sankaran, M. 2001. 
Vegetation classification and land-cover change in the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, south India, as inferred from satellite imagery: implications for conservation of a bio-diversity hotspot.
In Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Diversity and Human Welfare, K. N. Ganeshaiah, R. Uma Shaanker, K. S. Bawa  (eds.), Oxford & IBH Publishing, New Delhi,  pp 145-149.

8. Sankaran, M. & McNaughton S. J. 2001.
Dry season nitrogen dynamics in three contrasting savanna grassland communities: temporal patterns and the effects of fire and grazing. 
In Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Diversity and Human Welfare (Supplement), K. N. Ganeshaiah, R. Uma Shaanker, K. S. Bawa  (eds.), Oxford & IBH Publishing, New Delhi,  pp 61-62.