Dr. P.K. Ramachandran Nair, Distinguished Professor, Agroforestry
Agroforestry & International Forestry
PO Box 110410
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
P.K. Nair is a pioneering and leading researcher and educator in Agroforestry. He was born in Kerala, India. He has a Ph.D. in agronomy from Pantnagar Agricultural University, India; and a Dr. Sc. agr. degree from Goettingen University, Germany. He has also been a post-doctoral fellow at Rothamsted, England.
Dr. Nair joined the School as a professor in 1987, and was named Distinguished Professor in 2001. Before joining the School he worked for nine years in Nairobi, Kenya, with the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) (now, World Agroforestry Centre), of which he is one of the founders. Prior to that he worked for five years in southern India where he developed the multistory cropping system with tree crops, which would later become an example of the sustainable multistrata agroforestry systems of the tropics.
Twenty-six PhD (see list of dissertations supervised) and 27 Master students have graduated under his supervision from SFRC/IFAS/UF; and he has served on 50 other graduate student committees. 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. His current research is focused on biophysical aspects of agroforestry systems including: soil productivity, carbon sequestration, environmental quality, component interactions, and agroforestry system design and evaluation. Prof. Nair has extensive international experience in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, and, as the best known scientist in the subject, his services are sought and his contributions recognized the world over.
Professor Nair has been the Editor-in-Chief of Agroforestry Systems during 1994 – 2005. He also served as a consulting editor of Plant and Soil for six years. Currently he is the series editor of Advances in Agroforestry book-series (Springer Science), which he helped establish in 2004; and the Chief Editor of the Agroecology and Land Use section of the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science. He has served, and continues to serve, as a reviewer for numerous high-ranking scientific journals and national and international committees. His vision and leadership in organizing the World Congresses in Agroforestry (the first in Florida, 2004, the second in Nairobi, 2009, and the third in New Delhi, 2014) are widely acknowledged.
Professor Nair delivered keynote presentations in a large number of professional gatherings around the world, and conducted training courses in several countries. His publications include 15 books (author/editor), 70 book chapters, and 200+ peer-reviewed papers in leading journals His Google Scholar statistics (23 April 2015) are: Citations: 10992; h-index: 50; i10-index: 149.
Recent Awards and Recognitions:
Humboldt Prize, 2006 ( the highest academic recognition in Germany)
Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees from:
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2008
University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2006
University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, 2005
Kyoto University, Japan, 2002
Medal for Distinguished Global Leadership in Agroforestry from the BBSMR Agricultural University, Gazipur, Bangladesh, 2007
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society of Agronomy
Crop Science Society of America
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India
Soil Science Society of America
World Innovation Foundation, U.K.
Other National and International Recognitions:
* Fulbright–Nehru Distinguished Chair Award, 2014
* Outstanding Research Award, Society of American Foresters, 2014
* Mahatma Gandhi Medal for Global Achievers, NRI Welfare Society of India, Awarded at the House of Lords, London, October 2013
* The Hind Ratan (Jewel of India) Award, NRI Welfare Society, New Delhi, 2010
* Medal for Distinguished Global Leadership in Agroforestry from the BBSMR Agricultural University, Gazipur, Bangladesh, 2007
* Fulbright Senior Specialist Award, 2005 (2005 to 2010)
* IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Scientific Achievement Award, 2005
* Barrington Moore Award, Society of American Foresters, 2004
* International Crop Science Award, Crop Science Society of America, 2004
* International Soil Science Award, Soil Science Society of America, 2001
* International Agronomy Award, American Society of Agronomy, 2000
University of Florida Recognitions:
* Faculty Achievement Honoree, University of Florida, 2007
* Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award, 2005 – 2006
* Distinguished International Educator of the Year, 2004
* UF/IFAS International Fellow, 2004
* University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship, 2004 to 2006
* International Award of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, FL Chapter, 2002
* Graduate Teacher and Advisor of the Year 2000-2001, IFAS, 2001.
Dr Sc, University of Gottingen, Germany, 1978
PhD, Pantnagar Agricultural University, India, 1971
MS, Kerala University, India, 1968
BS, Kerala University, India, 1961
Forest for Future (Team-taught)
Scientific Writing and Communication