Research Interest
Tropical forest dynamics and conservation

Anand M Osuri
moanand at ncbs dot res dot in

Anand_M_Osurimoanand [at] ncbs [dot] res [dot] in

Anand M Osuri (PhD Student)

I study the impacts of habitat fragmentation on tree communities, soils and ecosystem carbon storage of forest ecosystems. I mainly work in moist evergreen forests and forest fragments in Kodagu. My study is built around a functional traits framework. I analyze inter-specific variation in various life history and biophysical properties of tree species to identify the traits that act as filters on tree communities, determining which species succeed and which lose out in fragmented ecosystems. Because groups of functional traits are closely linked to species’ evolutionary strategies, this approach provides insights into the long term processes driving tree community change. I thereafter relate species community change to changes in ecosystem properties such as carbon storage, through associated changes in the structure of tree stands and litter decomposition.


  • Varma, V., Ratnam, J., Viswanathan, V., Osuri, A.M., Biesmeijer, J.C., Madhusudan, M.D., Sankaran, M., Krishnadas, M., Barua, D., Budruk, M., Isvaran, K., Jayapal, R., Joshi, J., Karanth, K.K., Krishnaswamy, J., Kumar, R., Mukherjee, S., Nagendra, H., Niphadkar, M., Owen, N., Page, N., Prasad, S., Quade, S., Nandini, R., Robin, V.V., Sait, S.M., Shah, M.A., Somanathan, H., Srinivasan, U. and Sundaram, B. (2015). Perceptions of priority issues in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems in India. Biological Conservation 187:201-211. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.04.031 [link]
  • Osuri, A.M., Madhusudan, M.D., Kumar, V.S., Chengappa, S.K., Kushalappa, C.G. and Sankaran, M. (2014). Spatio-temporal variation in forest cover and biomass across sacred groves in a human-modified landscape of India's Western Ghats. Biological Conservation 178:193-199. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.08.008 [link]
  • 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 Ecol. Manag. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2014.01.039. [link][pdf]
  • Varma, V & Osuri, A.M. (2013). Black Spot: a platform for automated and rapid estimation of leaf area from scanned images. Plant Ecology 214: 1529-1534. DOI 10.1007/s11258-013-0273-z [link] [pdf]
  • Anand, M. O., J. Krishnaswamy, A. Kumar, and A. Bali. 2010. Sustaining biodiversity conservation in human-modified landscapes in the Western Ghats: Remnant forests matter. Biological Conservation 143:2363-2374.
  • Ranganathan, J., J. Krishnaswamy, and M. O. Anand. 2010. Landscape-level effects on avifauna within tropical agriculture in the Western Ghats: Insights for management and conservation. Biological Conservation 143:2909-2917.
  • Srinivasan, U., S. Dalvi, R. Naniwadekar, M. O. Anand, and A. Datta. 2010. The birds of Namdapha National Park and surrounding areas: recent significant records and a checklist of the species. Forktail 26:92-116.
  • Anand, M. O., J. Krishnaswamy, and A. Das. 2008. Proximity to forests drives bird conservation value of coffee plantations: implications for certification. Ecological Applications 18:1754-1763.
  • Datta, A., M. O. Anand, and R. Naniwadekar. 2008. Empty forests: Large carnivore and prey abundance in Namdapha National Park, north-east India. Biological Conservation 141:1429-1435.
  • Datta, A., R. Naniwadekar, and M. O. Anand. 2008. Occurrence and conservation status of small carnivores in two protected areas in Arunachal Pradesh, north-east India. Small Carnivore Conservation 39:1-10.