Dr. Paromita Ghosh

Senior Scientist

Centre for Socio-Economic Development, G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, Almora, IndiaPrimary Institution


Brief Profile: Paromita Ghosh is Scientist - F and Head, Centre for Socio-Economic Development at G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, Almora, Uttarakhand. She has a throughout first class career from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. She did her Ph.D. form Department of Botany through GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) fellowship. She specializes in Forest Ecology, Grasslands and Air Pollution. Her acquired fields of expertise are soil nutrient dynamics, carbon sequestration, rehabilitation of degraded lands, community based natural resource management, value addition of non timbre forest products (NTFP), livelihood and rural development. Presently she is working on community based eco-smart model village development based on carrying capacity of natural resources in a village cluster in Hawalbag block of Almora. She has been working in the Indian Himalayan region for the past twenty three years on various models of rehabilitation of degraded land in the Indian Himalayan region, carbon sequestration and soil nutrient dynamics in various ecosystems and value addition of NTFP and improving livelihood of the rural population through natural resource management. She has published around forty five scientific papers in various journals of repute and nine chapters in edited books. She has also written five popular articles for societal awareness. Dr. Ghosh has presented her research findings in seventeen international conference and twenty five national and state conferences. She was invited to Japan and Canada for presenting her research work. She has ten awards and fellowships to her credits till date. Some of them are: The DST fast Track Young scientist fellowship in2005, Young scientist award in Botany, by UCOST, DST, Govt of UK, 2006, Alice J. Murphy Outstanding Achievement award for Excellence in Research and Education leading to a better understanding of the Ecology of the Tropics,2007 Young Soil Conservationist Award-2008, for outstanding contributions in the field of Soil Microbiology conferred by Indian Association of Soil & Water Conservationists and Best Poster award, in Agricultural and Forestry Science section at the 100th Indian Science Congress, 2013. Dr. Ghosh has worked as Principal investigator and co-principal investigator to ten projects with budget above twenty lakhs rupees (INR) on thematic areas ranging from soil nutrient dynamics, litter decomposition, soil nematode diversity, rehabilitation of degraded land, carbon sequestration and climate change, livelihood enhancement in remote areas of Himalayas and community led eco-smart model village funded by SERB, DST, Govt of India, NAIP, ICAR, Govt of India and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt of India. She has organized three international scientific conferences as co-convenor and many (approx. 50) training programmes to various stakeholders including, IAS and IFS officers, Eco- task force personnel, school children, doctors, teachers, farmers and women and people from backward societies in various aspects of rehabilitation of degraded land, livelihood opportunities and natural resource management, climate change, good governance and policy issues of Indian Himalayan region. She served as coordinator for ENVIS- on Himalayan Ecology, Executive editor for ENVIS newsletter and Bulletin, member editor for Institute newsletter and reviewer for many international science journals like Plant and Soil. She holds life membership of eight academic bodies and is also member of IUCN (CEM and CEESP), IPBES and Mountain forum and ICIMOD. She at present she is working on community driven eco-smart model village development to improve livelihoods and foster ecological security in the Himalaya. She is also venturing into working and learning about a new and less explored ecosystem: The Peat lands of Indian Himalayan region. She is keen to see the peat land studies culminate into a dedicated centre or institute

Research Fields

Forest & Grassland Ecology
Rehabilitation of degraded land
Livelihood and rural development
Carbon sequestration
Sustainable Land Development

Current Institution

Primary Institution

Senior Scientist

Centre for Socio-Economic Development, G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, Almora, India

Education Qualification

Sep, 1994 - Apr, 1999 |Doctorate

Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

May, 1992 - May, 1994 |Master

Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

May, 1989 - May, 1992 |Bachelor

Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Journal Roles

Editorial Board Member

American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry

Mar, 2024 - Current

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