Saneesh Cherapurath Soman


Saneesh Cherapurath Soman
Doctoral Researcher 'Spatial Interaction Ecology'   

Department of Community Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ/

German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Puschstraße 4
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
(postal address)

Tel: +49 341 9733188
Room: A.02.04

Doris Wolst


My current doctoral research focuses on understanding separate and interactive effects of fire and grass presence on herbaceous and woody plant communities.

Other Research Interests:

• Population dynamics of plants
• Plant functional traits in relation to fire
• Factors influencing phenology of dry deciduous trees
• Forest resources in community managed lands
• Fire ecology
• Endemic flora and fauna of the Eastern Ghats
• Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), land management, and livelihoods
• Citizen science (seasonwatch, ebird)
• Conservation education (wisdom walks to transfer TEK to young generations

Curriculum Vitae


02/2021 - present

Doctoral Researcher in the Research Group Spatial Interaction Ecology (SIE), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.

05/2020 - 07/2020

Research Contractor at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research- UFZ, Leipzig, Germany.

Program Manager at Foundation for Ecological Security, Madanapalle, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh


07/2007 - 06/2009

Master of Science
in Geography from University of Madras, Tamil Nadu, India.


2016 - 2021

Guest lecturer at the School of Livelihoods and Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Courses: Introduction to ecology and ecological health monitoring frameworks


Mentoring of
4 master students from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
2 master students from Centre for technology Alternatives for Rural Area (CTARA) of IIT, Bombay


Mentoring of
1 master student from Azim Premji University


Mentoring of
1 bachelor student from University of Delhi
1 master student from Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa
6 master students from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad

In my role as Program Manager at Foundation for Ecological Security, I provided logistical support and scientific feedback to students

Scientific Presentations    


Village conservation centres: An indigenous effort to conserve Cycas circinalis. The Cycad Biology Conference Shenzhen, China


Harvesting techniques and quality of resin – A Case study of Canarium strictum in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Ranchi, India

Peer-reviewed Publications

V. Krishnamurthy, L. Mandle, T. Ticktin, R. Ganesan, C.S. Saneesh, A. Varghese. 2013. Conservation status and effects of harvest on an endemic multi-purpose cycad, Cycas circinalis L., Western Ghats, India. Tropical Ecology 54: 309-320.

U.V. Neeraja, S. Rajendrakumar, C.S. Saneesh, V. Dyda, T.M. Knight. 2021. Fire alters diversity, composition, and structure of dry tropical forests in the Eastern Ghats, India. Ecology and Evolution 11: 6593-6603.