Dr. Ramachandran completed his doctoral dissertation in Forest Ecology under the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. He studied vegetation dynamics of timber-extracted evergreen forests and cardamom and coffee plantations at Nelliampathy in the southern Western Ghats, Kerala, India. He has nearly eight years of research experience and five publications in journals of repute.

Research Experience

  1. Senior Research Fellow in the project Species Recovery of Dipterocarpus bourdillonii and Humboldtia bourdillonii, Two Critically Endangered Endemic Trees of Western Ghats, funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India from Nov. 2006 through April 2009 at Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi.
  2. Research Fellow in the project Evaluation of Plant Diversity and Restocking of Selection-Felled Gaps in the Tropical Wet Evergreen Forests of Nelliampathy R.F. in the Western Ghats of Kerala, funded by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India from June 2002 to January 2005 at KFRI, Peechi.
  3. Research Fellow in the project Preparation of a GIS Database of Riparian Systems of Periyar Tiger Reserve from Nov. 2001 to March 2002, funded by World Bank Eco-development Programme at KFRI, Peechi.
  4. Participated in the ecological field research undertaken as a part of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Inventory Programme of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Network of Colleges, Universities and NGOs, organised by Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Study Area -- Dhoni Hills, Palakkad.



Publication Type: Journal Article

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Dr. V. S. Ramachandran and Remesh, M., “First record of Elytraria acaulis (L.F.) Lindau (acanthaceae) from the Kerala state and its distribution extension in India”, Check List, vol. 12, 2016.[Abstract]

Elytraria acaulis (L.f.) Lindau (family Acanthaceae) is a perennial herb that is distributed in tropical Africa and Peninsular India. In India, this plant has been recorded from Northern Circar, Deccan, and Carnatic regions, on the eastern side of Peninsular India. We present here a new record from the Walayar Reserve Forest in Palakkad District, Kerala, which is the first known occurrence of this species from the western side of the peninsula. This species is added to the flora of Kerala state. © 2016 Check List and Authors.

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K. Swarupanandan and Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, “Notes on the rare leguminous tree, Humboldtia bourdillonii Prain”, Evergreen, pp. 11-12, 2007.


Dr. V. S. Ramachandran and Swarupanandan, K., “Additional Notes on the Distribution of Palaquium ravii Sasidh. & Vink (Sapotaceae) and Local Vicariance and Endemism in Palaquium”, Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany , vol. 30, pp. 225-230, 2006.[Abstract]

Palaquium ravii Sasidb. & Vink, formerly known from the districts of Trichur and Idukki has been collected from the Nelliampathy forests of Palakkad district. The species assumes to have a wider distribution than thought before, spanning from South of Palakkad (Palghat) clap up to Aryankavu pass. The genus Palaquium is a typical example for local vicariance and local endemism; while P. ellipticum (Dalz.) Baillon is distributed throughout the W. Ghats, P. bourdillonii Brandis is restricted to the Agasthyamalai ranges (Ashambu Hills) and P. ravii Sasidh. & Vink is restricted to the Anamalai-Palni-Cardamom hill complex. More »»


Dr. V. S. Ramachandran and Murugan, K., “Sacred Groves and Serpentine Worship in Palakkad District, Kerala: A Socio-Cultural Perspective”, Samagra, vol. 2, pp. 11-17, 2006.


Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, “An Indigenous Water Engineering System from the Rice Bowl of Kerala”, Samagra, vol. 1, pp. 15-16, 2005.


Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, Swarupanandan, K., and Renuka, C., “A Traditional Irrigation System using Palmyra Palm (Borassus flabellifer) in Kerala, India”, Palms, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 175-181, 2004.

Publication Type: Conference Paper

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Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, Seethalakshmy, P. S., Kavitha, P. G., and Murugan, K., “Sacred Groves of Pazhayannur Village - An Anthropogenic and Biological Study”, in 10th Swadeshi Science Congress, Swadeshi Science Movement, Cochin, Kerala, 2000.