Environmental Technology
Principal Scientist
Plant Ecology

Biodiversity Conservation, Eco-Physiology, Functional Ecology and Climate Change Studies

Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=5w0YDPMAAAAJ

ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amit-Chawla/research 

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1476-9956.

ResearcherID: F-1372-2010

Scopus Author ID: 23487785400


Awarded Dr. D.S. Kothari Post-Doctoral Fellowship by University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, India in 2008.

  1. Ram, B. and Chawla, A*. 2024. Dominant shrubs exhibit competitive interaction with herbaceous community which influences plant assemblages and functional composition in the alpine region of western Himalaya. Journal of Vegetation Science (Accepted).
  2. Mehta, N. and Chawla, A*. 2024. Eco‑physiological trait variation in widely occurring species of Western Himalaya along elevational gradients reveals their high adaptive potential in stressful conditions. Photosynthesis Research https://doi.org/10.1007/s11120-023-01071-5. IF3.7.
  3. Choudhary, A., Shekhawat, D., Pathania, J., Sita, K., Sharma, S., Chawla, A. and Jaiswal, V*. 2024. Exploring DNA barcode for accurate identification of threatened Aconitum L. species from Western Himalaya. Molecular Biology Reports. 51-75.IF2.8.
  4. Sharma, M.K., Hopak, E. and Chawla, A*. 2023. Alpine plant species converge towards adopting elevation-specific resource-acquisition strategy in response to experimental early snow-melting. Science of the Total Environment 907 (2024):167906. IF 9.8
  5. Verma, A., Chawla, A., Singh, C.P. and Kumar, A*. 2023 Compositional change in vascular plant diversity in the alpine mountainous region of Indian north-western Himalaya indicate effects of warming. Biodiversity and Conservation IF4.296.
  6. Sharma, M.K., Ram, B. and Chawla, A*. 2023. Ensemble modelling under multiple climate change scenarios predicts reduction in highly suitable range of habitats of Dactylorhiza hatagirea (D. Don) Soo in Himachal Pradesh, western Himalaya. South African Journal of Botany 154:203-218. IF3.1.
  7. Kumari, V., Joshi, R., Chawla, A. and Kumar, D*. 2022. Metabolome analysis of Dactylorhiza hatagirea (D. Don) Soo reveals a significant antioxidant and nutritional potential of its tubers. South African Journal of Botany, 150:431-442. IF3.1.
  8. Rathore, N., Kumar, P., Mehta, N., Swarnkar, M.K., Shankar, R*. and Chawla, A*. 2022. Time-series RNA-Seq transcriptome profiling reveals novel insights about cold acclimation and de-acclimation processes in an evergreen shrub of high altitude. Scientific Reports 12:1553.
  9. Kumar*, R., Joshi, R., Kumar, R., Srivatsan, V., Satyakam, Chawla, A., Patial V. and Kumar, S. 2022. Nutritional quality evaluation and proteome profile of forage species of Western Himalaya. Grassland Science, pp1-12. DOI: 10.1111/grs.12357. IF1.44
  10. Rathore, N., Thakur, D., Kumar, D., Chawla, A.* and Kumar, S. 2021. Time-series eco-metabolomics reveals extensive reshuffling in metabolome during transition from cold acclimation to de-acclimation in an alpine shrub. Physiologia Plantarum 173(4):1824-1840. IF5.081
  11. Singh, L., Thakur, D., Sharma, M.K. and Chawla, A*. 2021. Dynamics of leaf litter decomposition in the timberline zone of western Himalaya. 111 (2021) 103715.  IF1.93.
  12. Thakur, D., Rathore, N., Sharma, M.K., Parkash, O. and Chawla, A*. 2021. Identification of ecological factors affecting the occurrence and abundance of Dactylorhiza hatagirea (D.Don) Soo in the Himalaya. Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. 20 (2021) 100286.
  13. Chawla, A., Kumar, A., Warghat, A., Singh, S., Bhushan, S., Sharma, R.K., Bhattacharya, A. and Kumar, S.*2020. Approaches for Conservation and Improvement of Himalayan Plant Genetic Resources. In: Tuteja, N., Tuteja, R., Passricha, N. and Saifi, S. (Eds.). Advancement in Crop Improvement Techniques. Woodhead Publishing, Elsevier Inc.
  14. Thakur, D., Singh, L. and Chawla, A*. 2020. Reliability of leaf functional traits after delayed measurements. Australian Journal of Botany. IF 1.64.
  15. Dhiman, N., Sharma, N.K., Thapa, P., Sharma, I., Swarnkar, M.K., Chawla, A., Shankar*, R. and Bhattacharya*, A. 2019. De novo transcriptome provides insights into the growth behaviour and resveratrol and trans-stilbenes biosynthesis in Dactylorhiza hatagirea - An endangered alpine terrestrial orchid of western Himalaya. Scientific Reports, 9:13133. DOI: IF 4.122
  16. Thakur, D. and Chawla*, A. 2019. Functional diversity along elevational gradients in the high altitude vegetation of the western Himalaya. Biodiversity and Conservation, 28:1977–1996. IF 3.142
  17. Thakur, D., Rathore, N. and Chawla*, A. 2019. Increase in light interception cost and metabolic mass component of leaves are coupled for efficient resource use in the high altitude vegetation. Oikos. 128: 254–263. IF3.71.
  18. Rathore, N., Thakur, D. and Chawla*, A. 2018. Seasonal variations coupled with elevation gradient drives significant changes in eco-physiological and biogeochemical traits of a high altitude evergreen broadleaf shrub, Rhododendron anthopogon. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 132:708-719. IF3.404
  19. Thakur, D., Rathore, N., Sharma, M.K. and Chawla*, A. 2018. Enhanced reproductive success revealed key strategy for persistence of devastated populations in Himalayan food deceptive orchid, Dactylorhiza hatagirea. Plant Species Biology, 33:191-202. IF2.07
  20. Kumar, V., Sharma, A., Dhunna, G., Chawla, A., Bhardwaj, R. and Thukral, A.K. 2017. A tabulated review on distribution of heavy metals in various plants. Environ Sci Pollut Res. 24(3): 2210-2260. IF2.194
  21. Kumar, A., Lal, B., Rajkumar, S., Chawla, A. and Kaushal, R. 2013. Landscape Mapping and Tree Diversity Assessment of Pangi Valley: A Remote Tribal Area of Himachal Pradesh in Western Himalaya, India. International Journal of conservation Science. 4(4): 503-508.
  22. Kumari, A., Sangta, R. and Chawla, A. 2013 Diversity, Distribution Pattern and Threat Status of Pteridophytic Flora in Shikari Devi Wild Life Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh, India. Journal of Biodiversity Management & Forestry, 2:4.
  23. Chawla, A*., Yadav, P.K., Uniyal, S.K., Kumar, A., Vats, S.K., Kumar, S. and Ahuja, P.S. 2012. Long-term ecological and biodiversity monitoring in the western Himalaya using satellite remote sensing. Current Science 102(8):1143-1156. IF0.756
  24. Chawla, A*., Parkash, O., Sharma, V., Rajkumar, S., Lal, B., Gopichand, Singh, R.D. and Thukral, A.K. 2012. Vascular plants, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India. Checklist 8(3):321-348. IF0.4.

Ph.D. Students:

Nandita Mehta; Manish Sharma; Elennie Hopak; Bittu Ram; Anupam Bhatt

Project Staff:

Senior Project Associate: Dr. Sheetal Rana

Harish Bharti (PA-II); Bhupinder Singh (PA-I); Abhinandan (PA-I); Anil Kumar (PA)

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