About me

Madhu Srinivasan
Academic Coordinator Senior
Department of Biology
101 Morgan Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40506 USA

Email: madu@uky.edu | Phone: +1 (859) 257-5489


PhD (Biology) – Department of Biology, University of Kentucky – 2011
MS (Ecology) – Salim Ali School of Ecology, Pondicherry University, India – 2001
BSc (Environmental Science) – St. Josephs College, Bangalore University, India – 1998

Research Interests
I am a plant community and ecosystem ecologist. I am fascinated by the diversity of life forms and in awe of the infinite interactions/processes that create and maintain this diversity. My appreciation for nature has inspired me to study natural systems in ways I think will lead to their conservation. My research interests and experience span the ecology of disturbances and global change agents. I aspire to apply ecological knowledge and theory to solve ecosystem degradation issues that warrant immediate conservation action. During my doctoral research in the montane grasslands of the Nilgiris, south India, I examined the impacts of various land use and global change issues. I studied the invasion process and its effects in the grassland, and its interaction with disturbances, and how disturbances per se affect ecosystem processes such as primary production, nutrient cycling, and community assembly. A short term project examined effects of environmentally relevant doses of atmospheric N loading on the grassland ecosystem. Another key study documented species-environment relationships in reference communities with the intention of apply this knowledge to long-term restoration experiments. I use habitat and landscape level experiments and surveys, and GIS-Remote Sensing based approaches and tools to investigate.


Srinivasan MP, Bhatia S and Shenoy K. 2015. Vegetation-environment relationships in a South Asian montane grassland ecosystem: restoration implications. Tropical Ecology, 56:201-217.

Srinivasan MP, Gleeson SK and Arthur MA. 2012. Short-term impacts of elevated nitrogen deposition on a montane grassland ecosystem in a South Asian biodiversity hotspot. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 5:289-299.

Srinivasan MP. 2012. Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) invasion in the montane grasslands of the Nilgiris, south India: the potential role of fire as a restoration tool. Biological Invasions,14:1009-1028.

Srinivasan MP, Kalita R, Gurung IK, Bhattacharjee SK, Antony PM, Krishnan S and Gleeson SK. 2012. Response of invasive shrub Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) to fire and simulated grazing in the montane grasslands of the Nilgiris, south India. Acta Oecologica, 38:41-48.

Srinivasan MP, Shenoy K and Gleeson SK. 2007. Population structure of Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) and its invasion impacts on the resident plant community in the grasslands of Nilgiris, India. Current Science, 93(8):1108-1113.

Shenoy K and Madhusudan PS. 2006. Small mammal communities in a rapidly developing southern Indian city. Zoo’s Print Journal, 21(2): 2152 - 2159.
Arvind NA, Rao D and Madhusudan PS. 2001. Additions to the birds of Biligri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Ghats, India. Zoos’ Print Journal, 16(7): 541-547.

Madhu P. Srinivasan,
Nov 1, 2012, 10:20 AM