Dr. Ravikanth’s is the acting Director at ATREE and his research interests over the last 20 years have focused on applying molecular tools in the context of tropical forest conservation and species recovery. He has led multiple research projects focusing on forest genetic resources that provide critical societal value. His empirical work has largely focused on Conservation genetics and molecular ecology, examining local patterns of spatial genetic structure across a range of economically important species. A core research focus has been on enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of Forest Genetic Resources to deliver sustainable development. He has also focused on developing tools and research outputs to manage forest genetic resources of Western Ghats for forest landscape restoration and livelihoods.
Ravikant’s recent research has been on developing DNA barcodes for number medicinal plants. He has used DNA barcoding to assess the extent of adulteration in herbal trade. He is also assessing the impacts of harvesting on the genetic structure of plant populations. Ravikanth’s research interests can be broadly divided into:
- Understanding the genetic consequences of harvesting/ habitat degradation/fragmentation
- Evolution and Molecular systematics
- Biogeography and Phylogeography
- Chemical Ecology and Bioprospecting
His research integrates molecular, ecological, phylogenetics and niche modelling tools to address some fundamental research questions. His research group works across various taxa, including plants, amphibians and molluscs.
Vamsidhar, brings with him over 25 years of experience of managing extensive and complex operations and building engaged teams from scratch. The experience is coupled with an insatiable penchant for learning, dealing with challenges, and working in varied cultures and geographies.
In his earlier avatar, Vamsidhar, was the Chief Operating Officer at SDB Select Services Pvt Ltd a security solutions provider, formed to cater the route based accounts in the SME/MSME / RE /Residential segments along with select large corporates across Industries. He was the VP in ISS Integrated Facility Services and has held roles in Sales and Operations at MTS, Bharti Airtel, Exxon Mobil, Procter & Gamble. He also managed businesses for Olam and Far East Mercantile Co Ltd in Ghana (West Africa).
In an entrepreneurial role, Vamsidhar was the Director at Edu-kinect, a Microsoft innovation and incubation centre in 2010. Now it provides on-campus technical training, off-campus technology workshops and seminars on latest technologies both in higher education and K12 Space. He continues to be a Non-Executive Board Member with Edu-kinect.