Soumya Prasad Research Associate
Research interests
Soumya Prasad is tropical ecologist and her work has focussed on seed dispersal and its consequences for maintenance of ecosystems and forest management in the Western Ghats and Western Himalayan regions of India. Soumya is also leading the Garbage Impacts Research & Awareness Programme. She has been with NSI since 2012 in a honorary capacity.

Academic background
  • PhD: 2010 from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • M.Sc: 2001 from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India.
  • B.Sc: 1999, from the Bangalore University, Bangalore, India

Activities at NSI
At NSI, Soumya Prasad brings in her experience with working on ecosystem services and has assisted with:

  • Developing NSI's Art for Science programme
  • Leading the Garbage Impacts Research & Awareness Programme at NSI
  • Training rural youth in bird identification to promote eco-tourism in collaboration with Uttarakhand Forest Department
  • Contributing to development of research projects and research opportunities to examine the role of frugivores and seed dispersal in urban areas

  • Soumya is currently working on the impacts of garbage on human and animal health and on ecology. In addition to scientific research on the issue she is also focusing on generating public awareness and action about plastic waste.
  • Soumya's research focuses on understanding seed dispersal networks in modified landscapes and examining plant movement in response to climate change.
  • Soumya Prasad researched the role of ruminants as seed dispersers in tropical forests.
  • She examined the impact of fruit harvests on seed dispersal and recruitment of Amla Phyllanthus emblica.
  • Soumya Prasad was formerly an Assistant Professor at the School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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