Raj's Himalaya Lab
                       Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi, India


Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Pandit, M.K. 2020. The Himalaya should be a nature reserve. Nature, 583:9.
  • Bawa et al. 2020. China and India: Toward a sustainable world, Science, 369: 515.
  • Kaushik, R. et al. 2020. Paludisphaera soli sp. nov., a new member of the family Isosphaeraceae isolated from high altitude soil in the Western Himalaya. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10482-020-01471-w
  • Kumar Manish & Pandit, M.K. 2019. Identifying conservation priorities for plant species in the Himalaya in current and future climates: A case study from Sikkim Himalaya, India. Biological Conservation, 233: 176-184.
  • Bhatt, J.P. & Pandit, M.K. 2019. Local hunting practices and wildlife conservation in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Animal Conservation, 22: 525-526.
  • Kumar Manish & Pandit, M.K. 2019. Geophysical upheavals and evolutionary diversification of plant species in the Himalaya. PeerJ, 6, p.e5919.
  • Kumar Manish & Pandit, M.K. 2018. Phylogenetic diversity, structure and diversification patterns of endemic plants along the elevational gradient in the Eastern Himalaya. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 11: 501-513.
  • Berry, E., Sharma, S.K. Pandit, M.K. & R. Geeta. 2018. Evolutionary correlation between floral monosymmetry and corolla pigmentation patterns in Rhododendron. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 304:219-230.
  • Bhatt, J.P., Tiwari, S. & Pandit, M.K. 2017. Environmental impact assessment of river valley projects in upper Teesta basin of Eastern Himalaya with special reference to fish conservation: a review. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 35:340-350.
  • Manish, K., Pandit, M. K., Telwala, Y., Nautiyal, D.C., Tiwari, S. & Koh, L.P. 2017. Elevational plant species richness patterns and their drivers across non–endemics, endemics and growth forms in the Eastern Himalaya. Journal of Plant Research, 130: 829-844.
  • Manish, K., Telwala, Y., Nautiyal, D.C. and Pandit, M.K., 2016. Modelling the impacts of future climate change on plant communities in the Himalaya: a case study from Eastern Himalaya, India. Modeling Earth Systems and Environment, 2: 1-12.
  • Bhatt, J.P. & Pandit, M.K. 2016. Endangered Golden Mahseer Tor putitora Hamilton: A review of Natural History. Reviews in Fish Biology & Fisheries, 26: 25-38
  • Bhatt, J. P., Manish, K., Mehta, R., & Pandit, M. K. 2016. Assessing Potential Conservation and Restoration Areas of Freshwater Fish Fauna in the Indian River Basins. Environmental Management, 57: 1098-1111.
  • Jain, M., Dawa, D., Mehta, R., Dimri, A. P., & Pandit, M. K. 2016. Monitoring land use change and its drivers in Delhi, India using multi-temporal satellite data. Modeling Earth Systems and Environment, 2, 1-14.
  • Bhatt, J.P. & Pandit, M.K. 2015. Endangered Golden Mahseer Tor putitora Hamilton: A review of Natural History. Reviews in Fish Biology & Fisheries, pp. 1-14 (First online: 14 November 2015).
  • Nyamwanza, A., Kayhan, A. K., Pandit, M. K., Haque, A., Riedy, C., Doherty-Bigara, J., ... & Dingman, E. 2015. The Big Question: Climate's Biggest Losers Who has the most to lose from climate change in your country? World Policy Journal, 32(2), 3-7.
  • Pandit, M.K., Kumar, M. and Koh, L.P. 2014. Dancing on the roof of the world: Ecological transformation of the Himalayan landscape. Bio-Science 64:980-992.
  • Pandit, M.K., White, S. and Pocock, M.J. 2014. The contrasting effects of genome size, chromosome number and ploidy level on plant invasiveness: a global analysis. New Phytologist 203: 697-703.
  • Pandit, M.K. 2013. The Himalayas must be protected. Nature 501:283.
  • Grumbine, R.E. and Pandit, M.K. 2013. Threats from India's Himalaya dams. Science 339:36-37.
  • Pandit, M.K. and Kumar, V. 2013. Land use and conservation challenges in Himalaya: Past, present and future. In: Sodhi NS, Gibson, L & Raven PH. Conservation Biology: Voices from the Tropics. pp. 123-133. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
  • Pandit, M.K. 2013. Chipko : Failure of a Successful Conservation Movement. In: Sodhi, NS, Gibson, L & Raven PH. Conservation Biology: Voices from the Tropics. pp. 126-127. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
  • Telwala, Y., Brook, B.W., Manish, K. and Pandit, M.K. 2013. Climate-Induced Elevational Range Shifts and Increase in Plant Species Richness in a Himalayan Biodiversity Epicentre. PLoS ONE 8(2): e57103. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057103.
  • Bhatt, J.P., Kumar, M. and Pandit, M.K. 2012. Elevational gradients in fish diversity in the Himalaya: Water discharge is the key driver of distribution patterns. PLoS ONE [published online 27th September, 2012].
  • Pandit, M.K. and Grumbine R.E. 2012. Ongoing and proposed hydropower development in the Himalaya and its impact on terrestrial biodiversity. Conservation Biology 26:1061-1071.
  • Sharma, S.K. and Pandit, M.K. 2011. Taxonomic study on Panax sikkimensis Ban. (Araliaceae) species complex using morphometric analysis from Sikkim Himalaya, India. Plant Systematics & Evolution 297:87-98.
  • Pandit, M.K. 2011. Conservational significance of farmhouses in the hinterland. Context, VIII (1): 97-101
  • Pandit, M.K. and Kumar, V. 2011. Land use and conservation challenges in Himalaya: Past, present and future. In: Sodhi N.S., Gibson, L. & Raven P.H. Conservation Biology: Voices from the Tropics. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. (in press).
  • Pandit, M.K. 2010. Indian higher education: In search of the teacher. Current Science, 99:728-730.
  • Bhatt, J.P. and Pandit, M.K. 2010. A macro-invertebrate based new biotic index to monitor river water quality. Current Science, 99:196-203.
  • Sharma, S.K. & Pandit, M.K. 2010. Synaptic mutation-driven male sterility in Panax sikkimensis Ban. (Araliaceae) from Eastern Himalaya, India. Plant Syst. Evol. 287:29-36.
  • Pandit, M.K. 2009. Other factors at work in melting Himalaya: Follow-up to Xu et al. Conservation Biology, 23:1346-1347.
  • Nautiyal, D.C., Sharma, S.K. & Pandit, M.K. 2009. Notes on the taxonomic history of two rare species of Begonia (Begoniaceae) from Sikkim Himalaya and their conservation. J. Bot. Res. Inst. (Texas) [Sida], 3:823-830.
  • Nautiyal, D.C., Sharma, S.K. & Pandit, M.K. 2009. Notes on the taxonomic history, rediscovery and conservation status of two endangered species of Ceropegia (Asclepiadaceae) from Sikkim Himalaya. J. Bot. Res. Inst. (Texas) [Sida], 3:815-822.
  • Sharma, S.K. & Pandit, M.K. 2009. Panax sokpayensis (Araliaceae): a new species from Sikkim Himalaya. Systematic Botany, 34: 434-438.
  • Pandit, M.K. 2008. Science writing. Current Science, 95: 701.
  • Bhatt, J.P., Bhaskar, A. and Pandit, M.K. 2008. Biology, distribution and ecology of Didymosphenia geminata (Lyngbye) Schmidt an abundant diatom from the Himalayan rivers. Aquatic Ecology, 42:347-353.
  • Lukram, I. M., Pattanayak, S.K., Bhaskar, A., Pandit, M.K., Tandon, S.K. 2007. Climatic imprints in Quaternary valley fill deposits of the middle Teesta valley, Sikkim Himalaya. Quaternary International 159: 32-46.
  • Pandit, M.K., Sodhi, N.S., Koh, L.P., Bhaskar, A., Brook, B.W. 2007. Unreported yet massive deforestation driving loss of endemic biodiversity in Indian Himalaya. Biodiversity &. Conservation,16:153-163.
  • Pandit, M.K. 2006. Continuing the search for pattern among rare plants: Are diploid species more likely to be rare? Evolutionary Ecology Research, 8: 543-552.
  • Pandit, M.K., Tan, Hugh H.W., Bisht, M.S. 2006. Polyploidy in the invasive plant species of Singapore. Bot. Jour. Linn. Soc., 151:395-403.
  • Bhatt, J.P., Bhaskar, A. and Pandit, M.K. 2005. Biotic communities of Kishanganga river: A pre-impoundment case study of a Himalayan river. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, 8: 259-565.
  • Pandit, M.K. & Babu, C.R. 2003. The effects of loss of sex in clonal populations of an endangered perennial, Coptis teeta (Ranunculaceae). Bot. Jour. Linn. Soc., 143: 47-57.
  • Bhatt, J.P., Jain Ajay, Bhaskar, A. & Pandit, M.K. 2001. Pre-impoundment study of biotic communities of Kishtobazar Nala in Purulia, West Bengal. Current Science, 81:1332-1337.
  • Pandit, M.K. & Babu, C.R. 2000. Synaptic mutation associated with gametic sterility and population divergence in Coptis teeta (Ranunculaceae). Bot. Jour. Linn. Soc., 133:523-533.
  • Jain, A., Pandit, M.K., et al. 2000. Reproductive behaviour and genetic variability in geographically isolated populations of Rhododendron arboreum (Ericaceae). Current Science, 79: 1377-1381. 
  • Pandit, M.K. & Babu, C.R. 1998. Biology and Conservation of Coptis teeta - an endemic and endangered medicinal herb of eastern Himalaya. Environmental Conservation, 25: 262-272.

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