Anbarashan MUNISAMY

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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  Curriculum Vitae


With more than ten years of experience as an Ecologist, I am specialized in plant ecology, plant functional traits analysis, climate change and carbon mitigation, wetland ecology and monitoring of migratory birds. My current work focuses on the diversity of climbing plants in India and their functional traits. Presently, affiliated with French Institute in Fisher Coast and RUSE project.


June 2022 to Present - Currently working as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on the project titled “The Nilgiris Archeological Project” funded by Ghent University, in the Department of Ecology at IFP. Mainly I work on the aspectof reconstructing the dynamics of land-cover changes, Quaternary vegetation and climate history in the study area using biological proxies (pollen) through the study of vegetation history through time and land-use changes during the most recent periods in the Nilgiris biosphere reserve.

May 2021 to May 2022 – Project Researcher in RUSE project. My prior in this work is to assess and understand the social and ecological challenges of adoptive wetland management in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas (Kaliveli and Osuteri wetlands).

April 2019 to April 2021 – Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in FISHERCOAST Project. My main objective with respect to the Fisher coast project is to analyze and monitor the land use and land cover changes, and the major transformations that shape the coastal regions of South India (Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu), which involves a series of initiatives relating to the ecology of the coast. Also, I have done a survey on coastal sand dune flora and their functional traits in relation to human disturbance.

2014 – Ph.D. from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Pondicherry University. My Ph.D. research focused on “Plant diversity and functional traits of Tropical Dry Evergreen Forests on the Coromandel Coast under various disturbance regimes”.


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Other Publications

Mathevet, R., Targowla, S., Anbarashan, M., Venkatasubramanian, G., Ayyappan, N and Bautès, N. 2020. Entre urbanisation et patrimonialisation: le lac d’Oussudu en devenir (Pondichéry, Tamil Nadu), Inde du Sud. Les Cahiers d’Outre-Mer. Revue de géographie de Bordeaux, 73(281), 129-162.

Mathevet, R., Targowla, S., Anbarashan, M., Venkatasubramanian, G., Ayyappan, N and Bautès, N. 2020. Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future: Insights from Pondicherry, South India. Grassroots Journal of Natural Resources, 3(4): 74-93. Doi:

R. Alexandar, M. Anbarashan and R. Mondreti. An assessment of threats to the bird populations in Ousteri wetland, Puducherry, India. Bird-o-soar #10. In: Zoo’s Print, 2018, 33(1): 26:39.

N. Dhatchanamoorhty, P. Raja, S. Soosairaaj. M. Anbarashan. Crotalaria prostrata var. levishaines (Leguminosae): a poorly known species rediscovered, redescribed and endemic from the Northern Western Ghats, India. Current Botany, 2018, 9: 26-27.

M. Anbarashan, A.Padmavathy, R. Alexandar. Survival and growth of mono and mixed species plantations on the Coromandel coast of India. Asian Journal of Forestry, 2017, 1 (2): 70-76.

M. Anbarashan, N. Parthasarathy. Tree regeneration pattern in Tropical Dry Evergreen forests on the Coromandel Coast of India under various disturbance levels. Journal Global Ecology and Environment, 2017, 6 (2): 73-84.

E. Panian, N. Parthasarathy, M. Anbarashan. Liana growth, mortality and recruitment in four inland tropical dry evergreen forests sites on peninsular India. Journal Global Ecology and Environment, 2017, 6 (2): 60-72.

M. BubeshGuptha, LourdeNadinEpinal, M. Anbarashan, P. Karnakaran, Ramanan U, Parthasharathi C, Parvathi N, Viji M, Azhagappan, M Meeravalli. Status of Birds from Pitchandikulam Forest Plantation and Special Reference to Bird Watching Programme, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. World Journal of Zoology, 2016, 11 (1): 18-23.

M. Anbarashan, N. Parthasarathy. Diversity and ecology of lianas in tropical dry evergreen forests on the Coromandel Coast of India under various disturbance regimes. Flora, 2013, 208 (1), 22-32.

S. Baithalu, M. Anbarashan, N. Parthasarathy. Two-decadal changes in forest structure and tree diversity in a tropical dry evergreen forest on the Coromandel Coast of India. Tropical Ecology, 2013,54 (3), 397-403.

M. Anbarashan, N. Parthasarathy.Understory Plant Diversity in Tropical Dry Evergreen Forests on the Coromandel Coast of India Under Various Disturbance Regimes. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 2013, 39 (2): 107-113.

A. Padmavathy, M. Anbarashan.Biodiversity of coastal Lagoon in Nallavadu village, Puducherry, India.International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, 2013,5(1): 33-38.

M. Anbarashan, Parthasarathy N. Tree diversity and forest stand structure along disturbance gradients in Indian tropical dry evergreen forest. Ecotropica. 2012,18(2):119-36.

M. Anbarashan, N. Parthasarathy. 2012. Tree diversity of tropical dry evergreen forests dominated by single or mixed species on the Coromandel Coast of India. Tropical Ecology, 2012,54 (2), 179-190.

S. Baithalu, M. Anbarashan and N. Parthasarathy. Changes in Tree Diversity and Stand Structure of Two Tropical Dry Evergreen Forests on the Coromandel Coast of Peninsular India Over a Decade (2001-2011). International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 2012, 38 (2-3): 73-85.

Anbarashan Padmavathy and Munisamy Anbarashan. 2011. Unexposed Seaturtles Breeding Area-Needs Protection and Conservation! Current Science, 2011, Vol. 100, 5:605.

M. Anbarashan, N. Parthasarathy and A. Padmavathy 2011. Ethno-floristic survey in sacred groves, Pudukottai district, Tamil Nadu- India, Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 2011, 5(3):439-443.

A. Padmavathy, M. Anbarashan. 2011. Phytomedicinal study of coastal sand dune floras in Puducherry, Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 2011, 5(8), 2566 – 2571.

M. Anbarashan, A. Padmavathy. Ethno-medicinal plants in five sacred groves in Cuddalore district, Tamilnadu, India. Ethnobotanical leaflets, 2010, (7):8.

A. Padmavathy, M. Anbarashan. 2010. Checklist of Mollusks in Nallavadu Lagoon, Puducherry, India. Our Nature, 2010, 8: 355-356.

A. Padmavathy, R. Alexandar, M. Anbarashan. Diversity of birds in ousteri wetland, Puducherry, India. Our Nature. 2010, 8(1):247-53.

Book Chapters

Anbarashan Padmavathy, Munisamy Anbarashan. Potential of solid waste prevention and minimization strategies. Srujana Kathi; Suja Devipriya; Kaliannan Thamaraiselvi. Cost effective technologies for solid waste and wastewater treatment, Elsevier Publication, pp. 219-228, 2021, 978-0-12-822933-0. (hal-03472449).


Parthsarathy N. Pragasan, L.A, Muthumperumal C, and M. Anbarashan. 2008. Flora of Pondicherry University Campus.