Mahesh Sankaran


I joined the University as a Lecturer in 2006.  I obtained my PhD from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA in 2001.  From 2001-2002, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Population Biology, Silwood Park, Imperial College UK.  Following this, I worked as a Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA from 2002 - 2006.

Research interests

My reserch examines:

  • How interactions and feedbacks between climate, biogeochemistry, fires and herbivory influence the structure, composition and stability of savanna ecosystems worldwide.
  • How projected changes in climate such as increasing variability of rainfall, increased frequency of droughts, nitrogen and phosphorus deposition and rising CO2 will impact savanna function, stability and services.

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  • PhD Biology, Syracuse University, USA
  • MS Zoology & Wildlife Biology, Auburn University, USA
  • MSc (Tech) Computer Science, BITS, Pilani, India

Student education

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Modules managed

BLGY3133 - Advanced Topics in Ecology

Modules taught

BLGY1124/1128 - The Diversity of Life/Living Planet
BLGY1304 - Research Experience and Skills Level 1
BLGY2301 - Research Experience and Skills Level 2
BLGY3133 - Advanced Topics in Ecology
BLGY5111M/5112M - MRes Bio & Cons Skills II/Advanced Statistics
BLGY5153M - African Field Ecology