Ravikanth’s research, spanning 25 years, has been dedicated to population genetics and the application of molecular tools within the context of tropical forests, conservation, and species recovery. He has published over 150 research papers and his areas of expertise encompasses a diverse array of subjects including agrobiodiversity, population genetics, invasive species, niche modelling, and bioprospecting. The bulk of his empirical investigations have concentrated on the examination of local patterns of spatial genetic structure and gene flow across various economically important species. A central theme in his research has revolved around advancing the conservation and sustainable utilisation of Forest Genetic Resources in the Western Ghats and Eastern Himalayas. In recent years, Ravikanth has expanded the scope of his research to include assessment of ecosystem services and the promotion of biodiversity in agriculture. He aims to ensure food and nutritional security through sustainable harnessing of bioresources.