School of Natural Resources and Management
Centre for Environmental Science

Profile of Faculty

Dr. PURABI SAIKIA

Ph.D. in Forestry (NERIST, Deemed University, Arunachal Pradesh)
M.Sc. in Botany with Plant Ecology specialization (Gauhati University, Assam)
B.Sc. in Botany (Hons.) (Dibrugarh University, Assam)

Assistant Professor
Centre for Environmental Science

Cell: +919546757398
E-Mail purabi.saikia@cuj.ac.in,purabi.saikia83@gmail.com

Fields of Interest  
  1. Plant Ecology
  2. Plant Systematics
  3. Conservation Biology
  4. Plant-Soil interaction (Soil Ecology)

Dr. Saikia is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Resource Management, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi since May, 2013. She is basically a plant ecologist working in the broad areas of plant ecology including population and regeneration ecology, biodiversity conservation, plant systematics, forestry and conservation of endangered species. She has received a total grants of Rs. 135.58 lakh under five different research projects from different funding agencies like, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Space Application Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, University Grant Commission (UGC), Govt. of India. She is recipient of international travel support scheme from SERB (two times) to participate in international conferences in Beijing Forestry University, China and Universiti of Putra Malaysia, Malaysia and DBT research associateship. She has published total nineteen research articles (eight international refereed articles in different SCI journals, seven refereed articles in different journals of national and international repute, one proceeding paper and three book chapters) in the field of plant ecology, conservation biology and plant systematics. Besides, she has been participated with oral presentations in 15 different seminar and conferences in India (09 international, 05 national and 01 regional) and delivered three invited talks in national workshops and state level training program.

Research Grants  
  1. Research Grant of ` 24.3 lakh for the project ‘Monitoring spatio-temporal dynamics of above ground biomass of forests ecosystems using airborne L & S band SAR images from SAC, Ahmedabd, Govt. of India for three years in 13th November, 2017 (sanctioned).
  2. Research Grant of ` 212.2644 lakh (55.4176 lakh of CUJ) for the project ‘Mapping and Quantitative Assessment of Plant Resources and its Distribution in Madhya Pradesh, Central India’ from DBT, New Delhi, Govt. of India for four years in 20th June, 2017 (ongoing).
  3. Research Grant of ` 20.50 lakh for the project ‘Monitoring and Mapping of Forest Communities with special reference to Invasive Plant Species using Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer – Next Generation (AVIRIS – NG) and Sentinel-1 SAR images’ from SAC, Ahmedabd, Govt. of India for three years in 15th December, 2016 (ongoing).
  4. Start-Up Grant under SERB-Young Scientists Scheme of ` 29.36 lakh for the project ‘Status, Distribution and Composition of Sal Forests of Ranchi, Jharkhand, East India in relation to Microclimatic and Edaphic Conditions’ under YSS from SERB, New Delhi, Govt. of India for three years in January, 2016 (ongoing).
  5. UGC Start-Up grant for newly recruited faculty of ` 06.00 lakh for the project ‘Phytosociological analysis of forests of Ranchi, Jharkhand, India’ from UGC, New Delhi, Govt. of India for two years in July, 2014 (ongoing).
FELLOWSHIP/AWARD/RECOGNITION  
  1. Recipient of International Travel Support Scheme from SERB, GoI to participate in Inaugural Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative Conference & Joint GFBI-FECS Symposium on Forest Research in the Big Data Era organized by GFBI, USA and Beijing Forestry University, China held in Beijing Forestry University, China during 6th to 9th September, 2017. (Ref. No. ITS/2476/2017-18 dated 1st August 2017)
  2. Recipient of Ecologist of the Year 2017 from Scientific and Environmental Research Institute, Kolkata, in 5th June 2017.
  3. Recipient of Young scientist of the Year 2016 from International Foundation for Environment and Ecology, Kolkata in 27th March, 2017.
  4. Recipient of Start-Up Grant under Young Scientists Scheme, SERB, New Delhi, GoI during 12th January 2016.
  5. Recipient of UGC-BSR Research Start-Up-Grant for newly recruited faculty at Assistant Professors level in Science Departments from UGC, New Delhi, GoI in 22nd July 2014.
  6. Recipient of International Travel Support Scheme of ` 41003/- from SERB, GoI to participate in 1st International Scientific Symposium on Agarwood (ISSA) on ‘Agarwood in the New Era’ organized by Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia from 3rd to 5th September 2013. (Ref. No. SB/ITS-Y/02873/ 2013 -2014 dated 1st August, 2013 (approved)/5th December 2014 (sanctioned).
  7. Recipient of DBT-Research Associateship under Department of Biotechnology, GoI, New Delhi in June 2011.
Membership of Associations/Professional body and Editorial Board  
  1. Member of IUCN-Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) for the session 2017-2020 since September, 2017.
  2. Member and Data contributor of Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI), USA since January, 2017.
  3. Life member of Indian Society for Geomatics since January 2017.
  4. Editorial Board Member, Current Trends in Forests Research, Gavin Publishers, USA since August 2017.
Experiences  
  1. Working as an Asst. Prof. in Centre for Environmental Sciences, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi since 30-05-2013.
  2. Worked as an Asst. Prof. (on contract) in Centre for Environmental Sciences, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi from 06-08-2012 to 29-05-2013..
  3. Worked as a DBT-Research Associate under DBT, Govt. of India, New Delhi in Department of Environmental Science, Tezpur University, Assam from 01-07-2011 to 31-07-2012.
  4. Worked as a Guest Lecturer in Department of Forestry, NERIST (Deemed University), Arunachal Pradesh from 06-01-2011 to 31-05-2011 (One Semester).
  5. Worked as a Guest Lecturer in Department of Forestry, NERIST (Deemed University), Arunachal Pradesh from 06-01-2011 to 31-05-2011 (One Semester).

Details of Research Publications  
  1. Published Research articles: 15
  2. Book Chapters: 03 (01 in press)
  3. Proceeding Paper: 01
  4. Abstracts: 15 (02 accepted)
Citations  
  1. Total Citations: 108
  2. h-index: 06
  3. Proceeding Paper: 01
  4. i10-index: 05

Research articles published/ accepted in Referred Journals  
  1. P. Saikia, J. Deka, S. Bharali, A. Kumar, O.P. Tripathi, L.B. Singha, M.L. Khan, S. Dayanandan (2017) Plant diversity patterns and conservation status of Eastern Himalayan forests in Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India. Forest Ecosystem 4(28): 1-12. DOI 10.1186/s40663-017-0117-8. ISSN: 2197-5620; Springer Open
  2. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2016) Tree species diversity and its population and regeneration status in homegardens of upper Assam, Northeast India. Journal of Forest and Environmental Science 32(2):129-139. DOI: 10.7747/JFES.2016.32.2.129. ISSN: 2288-9744 (Print); 2288-9752 (Online); Institute of Forest Science, Kangwon National University, Korea
  3. P. Sharma, P. Saikia and K.P. Sarma (2016) Diversity, Uses and In vitro Propagation of Different Bamboos of Sonitpur District, Assam. Journal of Ecosystem and Ecography 6(2): 1-9. DOI:10.4172/2157-7625.1000184. ISSN: 2157-7625 JEE, Omics International, California.
  4. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2014) Homegardens of upper Assam, northeast India: a typical example of on farm conservation of Agarwood (Aquilaria malaccensis Lam.). International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management 10(4): 262-269. DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2014.973449. ISSN: 2151-3732 (Print); 2151-3740 (Online); Taylor & Francis; SCImago H Index: 15; Citation: 2
  5. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2014) Ecological features of cultivated stands of Aquilaria malaccensis Lam. (Thymelaeaceae) - a vulnerable tropical tree species in Assamese homegardens. International Journal of Forestry Research 2014: 1-16. DOI:10.1155/2014/140926. ISSN: 1687-9368 (Print), 1687-9376 (Online); An open access journal, Hindawi Publishing, New York; Citation: 2
  6. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2014) Status, distribution and socio-cultural uses of some selected homegarden plants of upper Assam, Northeast India. Bharatiya Samajik Chintan (ISSA) 13(3). ISSN: 0972-8775; Indian Academy of Social Sciences, India
  7. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2013) Population structure and regeneration status of Aquilaria malaccensis Lam. in homegardens of upper Assam, NE India. Tropical Ecology 54(1): 1-13. ISSN: 0564-3295; Scientific Publisher, India; IF: 0.887; NAAS Rating: 7.17; SCImago H Index: 21; Citation: 14
  8. P. Saikia, B.I. Choudhury and M.L. Khan (2012) Floristic composition and plant utilization pattern in homegardens of Upper Assam, India. Tropical Ecology 53(1): 105-118. ISSN: 0564-3295; Scientific Publisher, India; IF: 0.887; NAAS Rating: 7.17; SCImago H Index: 21; Citation: 38
  9. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2012) Aquilaria malaccensis Lam., a Red-listed and highly exploited tree species in Assamese home garden. Current Science 102(4): 546-547. ISSN: 0011-3891; Indian Academy of Sciences, India; IF: 0.843; NASS Rating: 6.97; SCImago H Index: 84; Citation: 10
  10. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2012) Seedling survival and growth of Aquilaria malaccensis Lam. in different microclimatic conditions of northeast India. Journal of Forestry Research 23(4): 569-574. ISSN: 1007-662X (Print); 1993-0607 (Electronic); Springer Publication, IF: 0.774; SCImago H Index: 14; Citation: 3
  11. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2012) Phenology, seed biology and seedling survival and growth of Aquilaria malaccensis: A highly exploited and red listed tree species of Northeast India. The Indian Forester 138(3): 289-295. ISSN: 0019-4816; Scientific Publisher, India; SCImago H Index: 10; Citation: 3
  12. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2012) Agar (Aquilaria malaccensis Lam.): a promising crop in the homegardens of Upper Assam, northeastern India. Journal of Tropical Agriculture 50(1-2): 8-14. ISSN: 0971-636X (Print); 0973-5399 (Online); Kerala Agricultural University, India; NASS Rating: 4.75; SCImago H Index: 9; Citation: 9
  13. S. Bharali, J. Deka, P. Saikia, M.L. Khan, A. Paul, O.P. Tripathi, L.B. Singha and Uma Shankar (2012) Pinus merkusii Jungh et de Vries - a vulnerable gymnosperm needs conservation. NeBIO An International Journal of Environment and Biodiversity 3(1): 94-95. ISSN: 0976-3597 (Print); North East Centre for Environmental Education and Research, Imphal, India; Indexed; Citation: 4
  14. L. Zimik, P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2012) Comparative study on homegardens of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in terms of species diversity and plant utilization pattern. Research Journal of Agricultural Sciences (An International Journal) 3(3): 611-618. ISSN: 0976-1675; Center for Advanced Research in Agricultural Sciences, India; NAAS rating: 4.54; Citation: 11
  15. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2011) Diversity of medicinal plants and their uses in homegardens of upper Assam, Northeast India. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biological Research 1(3): 296-309. ISSN: 2231-2218 (Online); Sydus International Scientific Publishing, India; Citation: 12
Chapter published in Edited Book Volumes/proceedings  
  1. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2017) Floristic diversity of North East India and its Conservation Initiatives. In: Plant Diversity in the Himalaya Hotspot Region; A.P. Das and S. Bera (eds.), M/s. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun, India, pp. 1087-1100.
  2. P. Saikia, Amit Kumar and M. L. Khan (2017) Agroforestry: A sustainable land use system for livelihood security and climate change mitigation. In: Climate Change and Agroforestry; C. B. Pandey, M. K. Gaur and R. K. Goyal (eds.), New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi, India, pp. 61-70. ISBN: 978-93-86546-06-7.
  3. P. Saikia, A. Kumar and M.L. Khan (2016) Biodiversity status and climate change scenario in Northeast India. In: Climate Change Challenge (3C) and Social-Economic-Ecological Interface-Building; S. Nautiyal, R. Schaldach, K.V. Raju, H. Kaechele, B.l Pritchard and K.S. Rao (eds.), Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 107-120. ISBN: 978-319-31013-8.
  4. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2009) Conservation and diversity of medicinal plant in homegardens of Teok area of Jorhat district, Assam. In: B. Singh, P. Rethy and P.R. Gajurel (eds). Proceedings of national seminar on Agroforestry for Socioeconomic Development of North Eastern Region. Department of Forestry, NERIST (Deemed University), Arunachal Pradesh, pp. 152-161.

 

Abstract published/accepted in proceedings and abstract volume for oral presentation  
  1. P. Saikia (2018) Forests and forest resources of Jharkhand, Eastern India and its prospects in sustaining rural livelihood. Paper accepted for oral presentation in International Conference on Advances in Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology (ICAEA 2018) organized by St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi in collaboration with IGCCIA, Pune at St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi to be held during 22nd to 24th February, 2018.
  2. P. Saikia (2018) Status, distribution and floristic analysis of Eastern Himalayan forests of Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India. Paper accepted for oral presentation in International Conference on Environment and Ecology (ICEE 2018) organized by Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, Guwahati in collaboration with IFEE, Kolkata and Confederation of Indian Universities, New Delhi at Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, Guwahati during 12th to 14th February, 2018.
  3. P. Saikia (2017) Prospects and challenges of forests resources of Jharkhand, Eastern India in sustaining rural livelihood. Paper presented as invited talk in National workshop on Resource use and conservation for sustainable socio-ecological development organized by CEENR, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru and National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, North Eastern Regional Centre, Guwahati, India held in NIRDPR – Guwahati, Assam, India during 21st to 22nd December 2017.
  4. P. Saikia (2017) Diversity and dominance of a Tropical Moist Deciduous Forests of Ranchi, Jharkhand, Eastern India. Paper presented in an International event Inaugural Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative Conference & Joint GFBI-FECS Symposium on Forest Research in the Big Data Era organized by GFBI, USA and Beijing Forestry University, China held in Beijing Forestry University, China during 6th to 9th September, 2017.
  5. P. Saikia (2017) Distribution and Conservation Status of Plant Genetic Resources of Tropical Deciduous Forests of Ranchi, Jharkhand, Eastern India. Paper Presented and abstract published in page 166 of the Book of Abstracts of International Conference on Environment and Ecology (ICEE 2017) organized by St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi in collaboration with IFEE, Kolkata and Confederation of Indian Universities, New Delhi at St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi during 27th to 29th March, 2017
  6. P. Saikia (2016) Homegardens of upper Assam, Northeast India: An Agroecosystem for conservation of tree species diversity. Paper Presented and abstract published in Sl. No. 10 of the Souvenir of International Conference on Water, Environment, Energy and Society (ICWEES-2016) organized by AISECT University, Bhopal in collaboration with Texas A & M University, USA at AISECT University, Bhopal, India during 15th to 18th March, 2016.
  7. P. Saikia (2015) Homegardens of upper Assam, A Sustainable Food Production System. Paper Presented and abstract published in page 91 of the Souvenir of National Conference on Environmental Challenges & Solutions (NC-ECS 2015) organized by Nature Jamshedpur, Jharkhand in association with CSIR-NML, IIM, Tata Steel and CUJ at CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India during 5th to 6th November, 2015.
  8. P. Saikia, J. Deka, S. Bharali, O.P. Tripathi and M.L. Khan (2014) Study on tree population status and diversity in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalaya. Paper Presented and abstract published in page 69 of the Book of Abstracts of an International event Tropical Ecology Congress, 2014 on ‘Tropical Ecosystem in a changing world’ organized by School of Environmental Sciences, JNU, New Delhi during 10th to 12th December, 2014.
  9. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2013) Cultivation of Agaru (Aquilaria malaccensis Lam.) in homegardens of upper Assam, Northeast India and its prospect in socioeconomic development. Paper presented and abstract published in page 42 of the Proceedings of the 1st International Scientific Symposium on Agarwood (ISSA) on ‘Agarwood in the New Era’ organized by Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia during 3rd to 5th September, 2013.
  10. P. Saikia and Ashalata Devi (2012) Cultivation and prospects of energy crop in homegardens of upper Assam, northeast India. Paper presented and abstract published in page 210 of the Proceedings of the International seminar and workshop on ‘Energy, sustainability and development (ISWESD) with special focus on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology’ organized by Department of Physics, Sibsagar College, Joysagar, Assam in collaboration with CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, Assam during 12th to 14th October, 2012.
  11. P. Saikia (2012) Population status of Aquilaria malaccensis Lam.: a critically endangered tree species of India in Assamese homegardens. Paper presented and abstract published in page 36 in the Proceedings of the International conference on ‘Biodiversity and sustainable energy development’ organized by OMICS Publishing Group, USA at HICC, Hyderabad, India during 14th to 15th September, 2012.
  12. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2011) Homegarden: An approach for on farm conservation of Aquilaria malaccensis Lam. Paper presented and abstract published in pages 6-7 in the Abstract volume of the National Seminar on Present environment and strategy for biodiversity conservation organized by Department of Economics, Dhemaji Commerce College, Dhemaji, Assam in collaboration with Dhemaji-Dhakuakhana zone, ACTA during 24th-25th March, 2011.
  13. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2011) Conservation and management practices of plant genetic resources in homegardens of Teok area of Jorhat district, Assam. Paper presented and abstract published in page 84 in the Abstracts of the papers of the National Seminar on Plant resource management and conservation strategies in NE region organized by Department of Botany, Cotton College, Guwahati, Assam in collaboration with ASTEC, Guwahati, Assam during 18th-19th February, 2011.
  14. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2009) Diversity and Prospects of Biodiesel producing species in NE India. Paper presented and abstract published in page 138 in the Proceedings of Regional Seminar on Biofuels in North East India: Issues and Prospects organized by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, NERIST (Deemed University), Arunachal Pradesh during 20th-21st March, 2009.
  15. P. Saikia and M.L. Khan (2009) Conservation of Aquilaria malaccensis Lam. in homegardens of upper Assam, NE India. Paper presented and abstract published in page 43 in the Abstracts of papers of the National Seminar on Exploration, Utilization and Strategy Action Plan for Sustainable Management of Plant Resources organized by the Department of Botany, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam during 27-28th February, 2009.
Invited Talk  
  1. Acted as Resource person and delivered one talk on ‘Prospects and challenges of forests resources of Jharkhand, Eastern India in sustaining rural livelihood’ in a National workshop on Resource use and conservation for sustainable socio-ecological development organized by CEENR, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru and National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, North Eastern Regional Centre, Guwahati, India held in NIRDPR – Guwahati, Assam, India during 21st to 22nd December 2017
  2. Delivered one talk on ‘Socioeconomic Research and its Prospects’ in a 10 days National Workshop on ‘Research Methodology in Social Sciences’ organized by Centre for Indigenous Culture Studies, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi on 25th August, 2015.
  3. Delivered one talk on ‘Bamboos and its uses in day to day life of Common People’ in a 5 days State level Training Program for the farmers on ‘Raising, Managing and Marketing of Bamboo’ organized by Institute of Forest Productivity, Lalgutwa, Ranchi on 4th February, 2016.
Seminar/Workshop/Conference Participation/ Organized  
  1. Program organized: 05
  2. International : 07 (with papers in India) and 02 (with paper in Abroad)
  3. National: 05 (with papers); 02 (without papers)
  4. Regional: 01 (with paper); 02 (without papers)
  5. Workshop/Training Program: 01 (more than one week); 07 (less than one week)
  6. Orientation Programme: 01 (four weeks)
  7. Refresher Course: 01 (three weeks)
  8. Invited Talk: 03
Program Organized  
  1. Organized National Conference on “Environmental Challenges and Solutions (NC-ECS 2015)” as an organizing Member at CSIR- NML, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India during 5th to 6th November, 2015.
  2. Organized World Ozone Day as an organizing Member on 18th September, 2013 at Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi by Centre for Environmental Sciences.
  3. Organized World Water Day as an organizing Member on 21st and 22nd March, 2013 at Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi jointly by Centre for Environmental Sciences & Centre for Water Engineering and Management
  4. Organized International Conference on ‘Voices From The Margin: Society, Culture And Exclusion’ as an organizing Member at School of Languages, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi-835205, Jharkhand, India during 20th to 22nd February, 2013.
  5. Organized World Ozone Day as an organizing Member on 16th September, 2012 at Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi jointly by Centre for Environmental Sciences & Centre for Land Resource Management.
Participation in Refresher/Orientation/Training Program  
  1. Attended and successfully completed a three weeks (Twenty one days) UGC sponsored Refresher Course organized by UGC-HRDC, CPDHE, University of Delhi, New Delhi from 13th October to 4th November, 2015 and obtained A Grade.
  2. Attended and successfully completed a Four weeks (Twenty eight days) UGC sponsored Orientation Program organized by UGC-Academic Staff College, Ranchi University, Ranchi from 14th July to 10th August, 2014 and obtained A Grade.
  3. Attended and successfully completed a ten days Workshop cum Training Program on “Taxonomy, ecology and conservation” organized by Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE), University of Delhi, New Delhi from 29th December, 2009 to 7th January, 2010.