Arunava Datta


Department Community Ecology
für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 4
06120 Halle, Germany
Tel: 0049 345 558 5316
Fax: 0049 559 5329
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 CV / Scientific Career:

Since October 2013:

PhD student at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, funded by DAAD


Junior research fellow at CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India


Master degree (M.Sc.) in botany from Banaras Hindu University

Master’s thesis on spread of invasive plants in abandoned urban plots in Banaras city under the supervision of Dr. A.S. Raghubanshi and Dr. G.P. Sharma


B.Sc(Hons.) Botany from St Xavier’s college, Ranchi

Research interests

My PhD research focuses on the processes that lead to naturalization of a Mexican invasive plant (Ageratina adenophora) along an elevational gradient in western Himalaya. Specifically, I am working on the local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity of the invasive plant using reciprocal transplant experiments along the elevational gradient. Additionally I am also investigating the climatic niche shift of the species between different invaded ranges and its native range. My research is supported by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Co-operations / Projects:

My PhD project is a result of collaboration between Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ,Germany and CSIR–Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology,India.


Jaryan, V., Uniyal, S.K., Datta, A., Gupta, R.C., 2016. Late fruiting in Sapium sebiferum: an effective dispersal strategy. Trop. Ecol. 57, 375–379.

Lal, B., Datta, A., Parkash, O., Deosharan, R., 2014. Rediscovery of Jasminum parkeri Dunn, an endemic and endangered taxon from the western Himalaya, India. Biodivers. Res. Conserv. 34, 11–16.

Jaryan, V., Datta, A., Uniyal, S.K., Kumar, A., Gupta, R.C., 2013. Modelling potential distribution of Sapium sebiferum – an invasive tree species in western Himalaya. Curr. Sci. 105, 1282–1288.