Dr. P.K. Ramachandran Nair, Distinguished Professor & Director of Center for Subtropical Agroforestry
Agroforestry & International Forestry
PO Box 110410
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
P.K. Nair is a pioneering researcher and educator and a world leader in Agroforestry. He joined the School in 1987. He holds affiliate faculty appointments in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Agronomy, the Soil & Water Science Department, and the Centers for African and Latin American Studies.
At UF, he teaches Agroforestry and International Forestry. Twenty-five PhD (see list of dissertations supervised) and 27 Master students have graduated under his supervision from SFRC/IFAS/UF a few several are in progress; and he has served on 50 other graduate student committees.
Dr. Nair is the director of the UF/IFAS/SFRC Center for Subtropical Agroforestry (CSTAF) that was established in March 2001 mainly through a nearly $ 4 million USDA competitive grant received under his leadership.. The primary focus of his current research is carbon sequestration and environmental quality under agroforestry systems (see List of Publications on Carbon Sequestration). Other aspects of his research include soil productivity, component interactions and agroforestry system design and evaluation. He has authored and edited several books and published prolifically in international scientific journals (see Publications).
Before joining UF, he worked with the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) (now, World Agroforestry Centre: http://www.icraf.cgiar.org), and in southern India where he developed the multistory cropping system with tree crops. He has extensive international experience in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, and has received numerous awards and recognitions (see Curriculum Vitae).
Dr Sc, University of Gottingen, Germany, 1978
PhD, Pantnagar Agricultural University, India, 1971
MS, Kerala University, India, 1968
BS, Kerala University, India, 1961