Dr. Ankila Hiremath


Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment
C-86, BK Dutt Colony (2nd floor)
New Delhi 110 003, INDIA
Telefax: +91 11 2460 3134
E-mail: hiremath@atree.org


  • Ph.D. in botany (ecology). 1999. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
  • M.Sc. in environmental science. 1992. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
  • B.A. in environmental studies. 1989. The British Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.


  • Sundaram B., A.J. Hiremath, and J. Krishnaswamy, 2015. Factors influencing the local scale colonisation and change in density of a widespread invasive plant species, Lantana camara, in South India. NeoBiota 25: 27-46 (doi: 10.3897/neobiota.25.8354)
  • Hiremath A.J., B Sundaram. 2013. Invasive species in Indian protected areas: Conserving biodiversity in cultural landscapes. Contributed chapter. Pp. 241-288. In: L. Foxcroft, D.M. Richardson, P. Pysek, and P. Genovesi (eds.). Alien Plant Invasions in Protected Areas. A Global Assessment. Springer.
  • Sundaram B., S. Krishnan, A.J. Hiremath, G. Joseph. 2012. Ecology and impacts of the invasive species, Lantana camara, in a social-ecological system in South India: Perspectives from local knowledge. Human Ecology DOI 10.1007/s10745-012-9532-1
  • Sundaram B., and A.J. Hiremath. 2011. Lantana camara invasion in a heterogeneous landscape: patterns of spread and correlation with changes in native vegetation. Biological Invasions DOI: 10.1007/s10530-011-0144-2
  • Teegalapalli, K., A.J. Hiremath, and D. Jathana. 2010. Patterns of seed rain and seedling regeneration in abandoned agricultural clearings in a seasonally dry tropical forest in India. Journal of Tropical Ecology 26: 25-33.
  • Teegalapalli, K., A.J. Hiremath, and D. Jathana. 2009. The role of perches in accelerating seed arrival in human-abandoned clearings within Bhadra Tiger Reserve, India. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 105: 317-322.
  • Uma Shaanker, R., Ankila J. Hiremath, Gladwin Joseph and Nitin D. Rai. 2009. (eds). Non-Timber Forest Products Conservation, Management and Policy in the Tropics. ATREE, Bangalore.
  • Powers, J., R.A. Montgomery, E.C. Adair, F.Q. Brearley, S.J. DeWalt, C.T. Castanho, J. Chave, E. Deinert, J.U. Ganzhorn, M.E. Gilbert, J.A. González-Iturbe, S. Bunyavejchewin, H.R. Grau, K.E. Harms, A. Hiremath, S. Iriarte-Vivar, E. Manzane, A.A. de Oliveira, L. Poorter, J-B. Ramanamanjato, C. Salk, A. Varela, G.D. Weiblen, and M.T. Lerdau. 2009. Decomposition in tropical forests: a pan-tropical study of the effects of litter type, litter placement and faunal exclusion across a precipitation gradient. Journal of Ecology 97: 801-811.
  • Shanker, K.,A. Hiremath, K. Bawa. 2005. Linking biodiversity conservation and livelihoods in India. PLoS Biology 3(11): e394.
  • Hiremath, A.J., and B. Sundaram. 2005. The fire-lantana cycle hypothesis in Indian forests. Conservation and Society 3: 26-42. http://www.conservationandsociety.org/vol-3-1-05.html
  • Ewel, J.J. and A.J. Hiremath. 2005. Plant-plant interactions. pp. 3-34 in: D. Burslem, M. Pinard, and S. Hartley (eds.) Biotic Interactions in the Tropics. Cambridge University Press.
  • Hiremath, A.J. 2004. (ed.) Special Section on Non-Timber Forest Products. Conservation and Society 2: 211-375. http://www.conservationandsociety.org/vol-2-2-04.html
  • Hiremath, A.J. 2004. The ecological consequences of managing forests for non-timber products. Conservation and Society 2: 211-216. http://www.conservationandsociety.org/vol-2-2-04.html
  • Hiremath, A.J., J.J. Ewel, and T.G. Cole. 2002. Productivity, nutrient retention, and nutrient use efficiency in three fast-growing tropical trees. Forest Science 48: 662-672.
  • Hiremath, A.J., and J.J. Ewel. 2001. Diversity and ecosystem functioning in managed tropical ecosystems. Pages 465-468 in: K. N. Ganeshaiah, R. Uma Shaanker, and K. S. Bawa (eds.) Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Diversity and Human Welfare. Proceedings of the International Conference on Tropical Ecosystems. Oxford-IBH, New Delhi, India.
  • Hiremath, A.J., and J.J. Ewel. 2001. Ecosystem nutrient use efficiency, productivity, and nutrient accrual in model tropical communities. Ecosystems 4: 669-682.
  • Hiremath, A.J. 2000. Photosynthetic nutrient use efficiency in three fast-growing tropical trees with contrasting leaf longevities. Tree Physiology 20: 937-944.
  • CAB International, 2000. Hyeronima alchorneoides [original text by A. J. Hiremath and M. Cifuentes J.] Forestry Compendium, Global Edition. Wallingford, UK: CAB International
  • Ewel, J.J. and A.J. Hiremath. 1998. Nutrient use efficiency and the management of degraded lands. pp. 199-215. In: B. Gopal, P.S. Pathak and K.G. Saxena (eds.). Ecology Today: An Anthology of Contemporary Ecological Research. International Scientific Publications, New Delhi, India.
  • Hiremath, A., J.J. Ewel, and M. Cifuentes, M. 1997. Pérdida de nutrimentos por escorrentía de fuste en ecosistemas tropicales simplificados. [Stemflow nutrient leaching in simplified tropical ecosystems.] In: III Congreso Forestal Centroamericano, San José, Costa Rica, Impresos Belen, pp. 31-33.
  • Ewel, J.J., M. Cifuentes, and A. Hiremath. 1997. El mito de la luz como limitante del crecimiento: efecto de la competencia por nutrimentos sobre los árboles. [The myth of light as a factor limiting growth: the effect of competition for nutrients on trees.] In: III Congreso Forestal Nacional, San José, Costa Rica, MINAE, pp. 305-307.


  • Vanak, A.T., A. Hiremath and N. Rai. 2014. Wastelands of the mind: Identity crisis of India’s tropical savannas. Current Conservation 7(3): 16-23.
  • Namboothri, N., R. Ali and A. Hiremath. 2012. Biological invasions of marine ecosystems: Concerns for tropical nations. Position Paper for CBD-COP 11. Dakshin Foundation, Bengaluru, and Foundation for Ecological Security, Anand.
  • Hiremath A.J. 2011. Invasive species, the unseen threat. Need for specific legislation and adaptive management plans. pp. 37 - 42 In: The Hindu Survey of the Environment 2011. The Hindu Group Publications, Chennai.
  • Hiremath A.J., and V. Dayal. 2010. Biological invasions: from ecology to human well-being. Current Conservation 4(1): 4-5.
  • Hiremath A.J., and V. Dayal. (eds.). 2010. Special feature on invasive species. Current Conservation. 4(1).
  • Hiremath, A. and K. Shanker. 2009. The cutting edge of conservation: reaching out. Resonance, September 2009, pp. 929-930.
  • Pai, R., A.J. Hiremath, U. Kant. 2008. (eds.) Rethinking Forest Fires. Proceedings of the National Workshop on Forest Fires. November 13 & 14, 2007. New Delhi, India.
  • Schmerbeck, J., A.J. Hiremath, C. Ravichandran 2007 (eds.) Fires in Indian Forests. Proceedings of a Workshop, February 19-23, 2007, Madurai, India.
  • Hiremath, A.J., G. Joseph, and R. Uma Shaanker. 2003. (eds.) Policies, Management, Utilization, and Conservation of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in the South Asia Region. Proceedings, April 28-30, 2003, Bangalore, India.
  • Saha, S., and A. Hiremath. 2003. Anthropogenic fires in India-a tale of two forests. Arid Land Newsletter 54. http://ag.arizona.edu/OALS/ALN/aln54/aln54toc.html