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P.K. Ramachandran Nair

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Areas of Expertise
Agroforestry, Tropical Agriculture (Agronomy, Soil Science), International Forestry

Academic Preparation

Dr. sc. agr. (= Ph.D), Tropical agriculture, University of Göttingen, Germany, 1978;

Ph.D., Agronomy and Soil Science, Pantnagar Agricultural University, India, 1971; MSc (Agri), Agronomy, 1968 and BSc (Agri), 1961, Kerala University, India.

Professional Appointments   


2001 - present Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Subtropical Agroforestry, IFAS, University of Florida
1987 - 2001 Professor, IFAS, University of Florida
1978 - 1987 Principal Scientist, ICRAF (World Agroforestry Centre) CGIAR, Nairobi, Kenya
1976 - 1978 1978 Senior Humboldt Fellow, Inst of World Ecosystems, University of Göttingen, Germany
1972 - 1976 Agronomist (Soils), Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, ICAR, Kerala, India
1971 - 1972 Post-doctoral Fellow, Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Herts, U. K.


  1. Nair, P. K. R., Kumar, B. M., and Nair, V. D.  2009. Agroforestry as a strategy for carbon sequestration. J. Soil Sci Plant Nutri 172: 10 - 23.

  2. Haile, H.G., Nair, P. K. R., and Nair, V. D. 2008. Soil carbon storage in different size fractions in silvopastoral systems of Florida. J. Env Qual 37: 1789 - 1797.

  3. Takimoto, A., Nair, P. K. R., and Nair, V. D. 2008. Carbon stock and sequestration potential of agroforestry systems in the West African Sahel. Agri Ecosyst Environ 125: 159 - 166.

  4. Nair, P. K. R., Gordon, A. M., and Mosquera-Losada, M.-R. 2008. Agroforestry. In:  Encyclopedia of Ecology, 1: 101 - 110. Elsevier, Oxford, U.K.

  5. Nair, P. K. R.  2007. The coming of age of agroforestry. J Sci Food Agri 87: 1613 - 1619.

  6. Nair, V. D., P. K. R. Nair, R. S. Kalmbacher, and I. V. Ezenwa. 2007. Reducing nutrient loss from farms through silvopastoral practices in coarse-textured soils of Florida, Ecol Eng 29: 192 - 199.

  7. Kumar, B. M. and Nair, P. K. R. (eds) 2006.  Tropical Homegardens: A Time-Tested Example of Sustainable Agroforestry.  Adv Agrofor 3.  Springer, The Netherlands. 390 p.

  8. Nair, P. K. R. 2005. Agroforestry:  Trees in support of sustainable agriculture.  In:  Hillel, H., et al. (eds), Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment. Vo1 1, pp. 35 - 44.  Elsevier, London.

  9. Nair, P. K. R., Rao, M. R. and Buck, L. E.  (eds)  2004.  New Vistas in Agroforestry.  Kluwer, The Netherlands. 475 p.

  10. Nair, P. K. R. 1993. An Introduction to Agroforestry, Kluwer, The Netherlands, 440 p (translated into three  languages)

[Career: Books written, sole author: 5; Books, edited: 6 (sole editor 1; co-edited 5); Book chapters written: 38 (including five encyclopedia-chapter contributions); Research papers, refereed: 150+]

Professional  Service/Activities

  1. Book Series Editor (since 2004), Advances in Agroforestry, Springer Science, the Netherlands.
  2. Editor-in-Chief, Agroforestry Systems (International Scientific Journal), 1994 - 2005
  3. Member, Editorial Board, Three journals
  4. Chair, Global Organizing Committee, 1st World Congress of Agroforestry, 2004, Orlando, FL, USA; and co-Chair, Global Organizing Committee, 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry, Nairobi, Kenya, 2009.

  5. Various committee assignments, the tri-societies of Agronomy/Crops/Soil Science societies of America; past 15 yr

  6. Consultant/Advisor to public and private research and development organizations in several countries, UN agencies, the World Bank and other development assistance banks, several bilateral and multilateral donor agencies and Foundations.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Society of Agronomy, since 1999
  • Fellow, Soil Science Society of America, since 2001
  • Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India, since 2001
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), since 2002
  • Fellow, World Innovation Foundation, U. K. since 2003
  • Fellow, Crop Science Society of America, since 2007

Awards and Honors

  •  The Humboldt Prize (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), Germany, 200
  •  Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Kyoto, Japan (2002); Kumasi, Ghana (2005); Guelph, Canada (2006); and Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2008).
  •  Fulbright Senior Specialist Award for Spain, October 2005; Malaysia, April 2006
  •  Dissertation/Mentoring Award, University of Florida, 2005 - 2006
  •  Scientific Achievement Award, Int’l Union of Forestry Res. Organizations, (World Forestry Congress, Brisbane, Australia) 2005
  •  Distinguished International Educator, University of Florida, 2004
  •  Barrington Moore Award in Forest Biology, Society of American Foresters, 2004
  •  International Crop Science Award, Crop Sci. Society of America, 2004
  •  University  of Florid Research Foundation Professorship, 2004
  •  International Award of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Soc. of Agri., Spring 2002
  •  International Soil Science Award, Soil Science Society of America, 2001
  •  Graduate Teacher and Advisor, College of Agri. and Life Sciences, Univ of Florida, 2000-2001
  •  International Agronomy Award, American Society of Agronomy, 2000
  •  Listed in numerous Who’s Who publications

Graduate Research Advising

  1.  Supervised  24 PhD dissertation research; two in progress;  and 24 M.S. theses projects
  2.  External examiner of theses and dissertations of universities in Canada, Kenya, Thailand, Zimbabwe