Profiles
Dr. Himanshu Rai

Dr. Himanshu Rai

Director of Plant Sciences

Email: himanshurai08@yahoo.com
Field of Interest
Taxonomy, Diversity, Ecophysiology, Bioprospection, Phytonanoparticles and Ecosystem services of lichens; Biomonitoring of ambient air pollution; Climate change studies using lichenometry.
Academic and Social Profiles
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Academic Background
  1. Ph.D.  2008-2014  Botany  HNB Garhwal University (A Central University), Srinagar, Garhwal, Uttarakhand
  2. M.Sc.  1999-2002  Botany  University of Lucknow, Lucknow, U.P., India
Experience
  1. Lichenology consultant (GCRF funded project) from Apr. 2021 to Jun. 2022 at TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, India
  2. Principal Investigator (UCOST funded project) from Jul. 2012 to Apr. 2015 at Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology, Uttarakhand, India
Awards / Prizes
  • Fellow of Indian Lichenologist Society (2022), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • Oral Presentation - Third Award (2019), CAS-Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Best Poster Presentation Award (2017), CAS-Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • Young Scientist Award for Best Oral Presentation (2010), Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology, Uttarakhand, India.
Research Project(s) Handled
  • Development of macrolichen based biomonitoring models along with various habitat and land use gradients in Uttarakhand. Funded by Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology, Uttarakhand, India.
Books / Book Chapters
Book - Edited
  1. Rai H and Upreti DK (Eds.) (2014) Terricolous Lichens in India, Volume 1: Diversity Patterns and Distribution Ecology. Springer, New York, p. 98. (ISBN eB:978-1-4614-8736-4/ Print: 978-1-4614-8735-7). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8736-4 
  2. Rai H and Upreti DK (Eds.) (2014) Terricolous Lichens in India, Volume 2: Morphotaxonomic Studies. Springer, New York, p. 313. (ISBN eBook: 978-1-4939-0360-3, ISBN Hardcover: 978-1-4939-0359-7). doi: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/978-1-4939-0360-3
Book - Chapters
  1. Rai H and Gupta RK (2022) Lichenized fungi, a primary bioindicator/biomonitor for bio-mitigation of excessive ambient air nitrogen deposition worldwide. In Samuel J, Kumar A, Singh J (eds.) Relationship between microbes and the environment for sustainable ecosystem services, volume 1, Microbial Products for Sustainable Ecosystem Services, Elsevier Inc., pp.267-301. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-89938-3.00013-X
  2. Nayaka S and Rai H (2022) Antarctic Lichen Response to Climate Change: Evidence from Natural Gradients and Temperature Enchantment Experiments. In N. Khare (ed.), Assessing the Antarctic Environment from a Climate Change Perspective, Earth and Environmental Sciences Library, Springer Nature Switzerland, pp. 235-253. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87078-2_14
  3. Chatterjee S, Das M, Rai H, Singh D, Preeti K and Pandey V (2022) Gangetic Plains of India: High on the Water and Air Pollution Map. In: Kumar, M., Dhyani, S., Kalra, N. (eds) Forest Dynamics and Conservation. Springer, Singapore, pp. 83-106.doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-0071-6_4
  4. Rai H, Khare R, Upreti DK and Nayaka S (2014) Terricolous Lichens of India: An Introduction to field collection and taxonomic Investigations. In H Rai and DK Upreti (Eds.), Terricolous Lichens in India, Volume 2: Morphotaxonomic Studies, Springer, New York, pp. 1-16. doi: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/978-1-4939-0360-3_1. (ISBN Print: 978-1-4939-0359-7, ISBN Online: 978-1-4939-0360-3)
  5. Rai H, Khare R, Upreti DK and Ahti T (2014) Terricolous Lichens of India: Taxonomic Keys and Description. In: H Rai and DK Upreti (Eds.), Terricolous Lichens in India, Volume 2: Morphotaxonomic Studies, Springer New York, pp. 17-294. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-0360-3_2 . (ISBN Print: 978-1-4939-0359-7, ISBN Online: 978-1-4939-0360-3)
  6. Rai H, Khare R and Upreti DK (2014) Lichenological studies in India with reference to terricolous lichens. In: H Rai and DK Upreti (Eds.), Terricolous Lichens in India, Volume 1: Diversity Patterns and Distribution Ecology, Springer, New York, pp. 1-20. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8736-4_1 . (ISBN Print: 978-1-4614-8735-7, ISBN Online: 978-1-4614-8736-4)
  7. Rosentreter R, Rai H and Upreti DK (2014) Distribution Ecology of Soil Crust Lichens in India: A comparative assessment with global patterns. In: H Rai and DK Upreti (Eds.), Terricolous Lichens in India, Volume 1: Diversity Patterns and Distribution Ecology, Springer, New York, pp. 21-31. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8736-4_2. (ISBN Print: 978-1-4614-8735-7, ISBN Online: 978-1-4614-8736-4)
  8. Baniya CB, Rai H and Upreti DK (2014) Terricolous lichens in Himalayas: Patterns of species richness along elevation gradient. In: H Rai and DK Upreti (Eds.), Terricolous Lichens in India, Volume 1: Diversity Patterns and Distribution Ecology, Springer, New York, pp. 33-52. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8736-4_3 . (ISBN Print: 978-1-4614-8735-7, ISBN Online: 978-1-4614-8736-4)
  9. Řídká T, Peksa O, Rai H, Upreti DK and Škaloud P (2014) Photobiont diversity in Indian Cladonia lichens, with special emphasis on the geographical patterns. In: H Rai and DK Upreti (Eds.), Terricolous Lichens in India, Volume 1: Diversity Patterns and Distribution Ecology, Springer, New York, pp. 53-71. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8736-4_4. (ISBN Print: 978-1-4614-8735-7, ISBN Online: 978-1-4614-8736-4)
  10. Anna V, Dymytrova L, Rai H and Upreti DK (2014) Photobiont Diversity of Soil Crust Lichens Along Substrate Ecology and Altitudinal Gradients in Himalayas: A Case Study from Garhwal Himalaya. In: H Rai and DK Upreti (Eds.), Terricolous Lichens in India, Volume 1: Diversity Patterns and Distribution Ecology, Springer, New York, pp. 73-87. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8736-4_5. (ISBN Print: 978-1-4614-8735-7, ISBN Online: 978-1-4614-8736-4)
Journal Articles