Dr. Geetha Kattingere Nayak

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Field of Specialization: Agricultural Sciences
Name: Dr. Geetha Kattingere Nayak
Address and Designation:  Independent Consultant
No. 128, Skanda Nilaya,
2nd Main, Bikasipura
ISRO Layout
Bengaluru 560 061
Telephone (O): - - -
E-mail: nayakkg@gmail.com
Duration of Grant: Twelve Months
Project Title: Effects of Traditional Agriculture on the Native Plant Pollination in a Biosphere Reserve
Abstract of Project :
Reconciling the often conflicting demands of agriculture and biodiversity conservation is a key global challenge for the future. Current research estimates about 35 per cent of the world's total food production and 75 per cent leading crops are dependent on animal pollinators. Hence loss or severe decline in biodiversity will endanger our food security. My study will investigate how large-scale traditional agriculture affects the pollination and reproduction of native plant species within Pineland Biosphere Reserve in New Jersey, USA. The outcome of this research will help in understanding how to integrate agriculture and conservation of native plants in heterogeneous landscapes. It would also help to advise land-use planners and stakeholders to plan relevant conservation actions.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. Ecology Pondicherry University, Puducherry 2009
M.Sc. Ecology Pondicherry University, Puducherry 2002
B.Sc. Chemistry, Botany, Zoology Mangalore University, Karkala 2000
Professional Background:
Visiting Researcher University of Reading, UK 2010–2011
Research Officer Asian Nature Conservation Foundation, Bengaluru 2009–2010
Visiting Research Fellow Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru 2002–2002
Dr. Geetha Kattingere Nayak