Faculty of Biological Sciences

Dr Mahesh Sankaran

MSc, Pilani, India; MS Auburn, USA; PhD May 2001, Syracuse, USA
Lecturer
School of Biology

Contact:  Miall 8.18 | +44(0) 113 34 33108 | email address for Dr Mahesh Sankaran 

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Modules managed

BLGY1117 - Ecology in a Changing World

Modules taught

BLGY1117 - Ecology in a Changing World
BLGY3021 - Research Project
BLGY3133 - Advanced topics in Ecology
BLGY5112M - Advanced Statistics
BLGY5153M - African Field Ecology

Lehmann CE; Anderson TM; Sankaran M; Higgins SI; Archibald S; Hoffmann WA; Hanan NP; Williams RJ; Fensham RJ; Felfili J; Hutley LB; Ratnam J; San Jose J; Montes R; Franklin D; Russell-Smith J; Ryan CM; Durigan G; Hiernaux P; Haidar R; Bowman DM; Bond WJ Savanna vegetation-fire-climate relationships differ among continents. Science 343 548-552, 2014
DOI:10.1126/science.1247355
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Hautier Y; Seabloom EW; Borer ET; Adler PB; Harpole WS; Hillebrand H; Lind EM; Macdougall AS; Stevens CJ; Bakker JD; Buckley YM; Chu C; Collins SL; Daleo P; Damschen EI; Davies KF; Fay PA; Firn J; Gruner DS; Jin VL; Klein JA; Knops JM; La Pierre KJ; Li W; McCulley RL; Melbourne BA; Moore JL; O'Halloran LR; Prober SM; Risch AC; Sankaran M; Schuetz M; Hector A Eutrophication weakens stabilizing effects of diversity in natural grasslands. Nature -, 2014
DOI:10.1038/nature13014
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Osuri AM; Kumar VS; Sankaran M Altered stand structure and tree allometry reduce carbon storage in evergreen forest fragments in India's Western Ghats Forest Ecology and Management -, 2014
DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2014.01.039
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Moustakas A; Kunin WE; Cameron TC; Sankaran M Facilitation or competition? Tree effects on grass biomass across a precipitation gradient. PLoS One 8 e57025-, 2013
DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0057025
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Sankaran M; Augustine DJ; Ratnam J Native ungulates of diverse body sizes collectively regulate long-term woody plant demography and structure of a semi-arid savanna JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY 101 1389-1399, 2013
DOI:10.1111/1365-2745.12147

Seabloom EW; Borer ET; Buckley Y; Cleland EE; Davies K; Firn J; Harpole WS; Hautier Y; Lind E; Macdougall A; Orrock JL; Prober SM; Adler P; Alberti J; Michael Anderson T; Bakker JD; Biederman LA; Blumenthal D; Brown CS; Brudvig LA; Caldeira M; Chu C; Crawley MJ; Daleo P; Damschen EI; D'Antonio CM; Decrappeo NM; Dickman CR; Du G; Fay PA; Frater P; Gruner DS; Hagenah N; Hector A; Helm A; Hillebrand H; Hofmockel KS; Humphries HC; Iribarne O; Jin VL; Kay A; Kirkman KP; Klein JA; Knops JM; La Pierre KJ; Ladwig LM; Lambrinos JG; Leakey AD; Li Q; Li W; McCulley R; Melbourne B; Mitchell CE; Moore JL; Morgan J; Mortensen B; O'Halloran LR; Pärtel M; Pascual J; Pyke DA; Risch AC; Salguero-Gómez R; Sankaran M; Schuetz M; Simonsen A; Smith M; Stevens C; Sullivan L; Wardle GM; Wolkovich EM; Wragg PD; Wright J; Yang L Predicting invasion in grassland ecosystems: is exotic dominance the real embarrassment of richness? Glob Chang Biol 19 3677-3687, 2013
DOI:10.1111/gcb.12370
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Sankaran M; Mcnaughton SJ Terrestrial Plant-Herbivore Interactions: Integrating Across Multiple Determinants and Trophic Levels Vegetation Ecology: Second Edition 233-259, 2013
DOI:10.1002/9781118452592.ch8

Velho N; Ratnam J; Srinivasan U; Sankaran M Shifts in community structure of tropical trees and avian frugivores in forests recovering from past logging Biological Conservation 153 32-40, 2012
DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.04.028
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Ratnam J; Bond WJ; Fensham RJ; Hoffmann WA; Archibald S; Lehmann CER; Anderson MT; Higgins SI; Sankaran M When is a 'forest' a savanna, and why does it matter? GLOBAL ECOL BIOGEOGR 20 653-660, 2011
DOI:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00634.x

Higgins SI; Scheiter S; Sankaran M The stability of African savannas: insights from the indirect estimation of the parameters of a dynamic model ECOLOGY 91 1682-1692, 2010

Moustakas A; Wiegand K; Meyer KM; Ward D; Sankaran M Learning new tricks from old trees: revisiting the savanna question Frontiers of Biogeography 2 47-53, 2010

Sankaran M Diversity patterns in savanna grassland communities: implications for conservation strategies in a biodiversity hotspot BIODIVERS CONSERV 18 1099-1115, 2009
DOI:10.1007/s10531-008-9519-9

Sankaran M; Anderson MT Management and restoration in African savannas: Interactions and feedbacks In New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration , 2009

Cardinale BJ; Srivastava DS; Duffy JE; Wright JP; Downing AL; Sankaran M; Jouseau C; Cadotte MW; Carroll IT; Weis JJ; Hector A Effects of biodiversity on the functioning of ecosystems: A summary of 164 experimental manipulations of species richness. ECOLOGY 90 854-854, 2009

Srivastava DS; Cardinale BJ; Downing AL; Duffy JE; Jouseau C; Sankaran M; Wright JP Diversity has stronger top-down than bottom-up effects on decomposition ECOLOGY 90 1073-1083, 2009

Duffy JE; Srivastava DS; McLaren J; Solan M; Sankaran M; Griffin J; Emmerson M; Jones KE Forecasting decline in ecosystem services under realistic scenarios of extinction. In Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing: An Ecological and Economic Perspective. , 2009

Ratnam J; Sankaran M; Hanan NP; Grant RC; Zambatis N Nutrient resorption patterns of plant functional groups in a tropical savanna: variation and functional significance OECOLOGIA 157 141-151, 2008
DOI:10.1007/s00442-008-1047-5

Sankaran M; Ratnam J; Hanan N Woody cover in African savannas: the role of resources, fire and herbivory GLOBAL ECOL BIOGEOGR 17 236-245, 2008
DOI:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2007.00360.x

Grace JB; Anderson TM; Smith MD; Seabloom E; Andelman SJ; Meche G; Weiher E; Allain LK; Jutila H; Sankaran M; Knops J; Ritchie M; Willig MR Does species diversity limit productivity in natural grassland communities? ECOL LETT 10 680-689, 2007
DOI:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2007.01058.x

Ojima DS; Wall DH; Moore J; Galvin K; Hobbs NT; Hunt WH; Paustian K; Swift D; Boone RB; Conant RT; Klein J; Christensen L; Sankaran M; Ratnam J; Ayres E; Steltzer H; Simmons B; Williams G Don't sell social science short SCIENCE 312 1470-1470, 2006

Cardinale BJ; Srivastava DS; Duffy JE; Wright JP; Downing AL; Sankaran M; Jouseau C Effects of biodiversity on the functioning of trophic groups and ecosystems NATURE 443 989-992, 2006
DOI:10.1038/nature05202

Sankaran M; McNaughton SJ Terrestrial plant-herbivore interactions: integrating across multiple determinants and trophic levels In Vegetatation Ecology , 2005

Sankaran M Fire, grazing and the dynamics of tall-grass savannas in the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve. Conservation&Society 3 4-25, 2005

Sankaran M; Hanan NP; Scholes RJ; Ratnam J; Augustine DJ; Cade BS; Gignoux J; Higgins SI; Le Roux X; Ludwig F; Ardo J; Banyikwa F; Bronn A; Bucini G; Caylor KK; Coughenour MB; Diouf A; Ekaya W; Feral CJ; February EC; Frost PGH; Hiernaux P; Hrabar H; Metzger KL; Prins HHT; Ringrose S; Sea W; Tews J; Worden J; Zambatis N Determinants of woody cover in African savannas NATURE 438 846-849, 2005
DOI:10.1038/nature04070

Bunker DE; DeClerck F; Bradford JC; Colwell RK; Perfecto I; Phillips OL; Sankaran M; Naeem S Species loss and aboveground carbon storage in a tropical forest SCIENCE 310 1029-1031, 2005
DOI:10.1126/science.1117682

Bunker DE; Naeem S; DeClerck F; Bradford JC; Colwell RK; Perfecto I; Phillips OL; Sankaran M Ecology: Species loss and aboveground carbon storage in a tropical Science 310 1029-1031, 2005
DOI:10.1126/science.1117682
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Sankaran M; Augustine DJ Large herbivores suppress decomposer abundance in a semiarid grazing ecosystem ECOLOGY 85 1052-1061, 2004

Sankaran M; Ratnam J; Hanan NP Tree-grass coexistence in savannas revisited - insights from an examination of assumptions and mechanisms invoked in existing models ECOL LETT 7 480-490, 2004
DOI:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2004.00596.x

Sankaran M; McNaughton SJ Determinants of biodiversity regulate compositional stability of communities Nature 401 691-693, 1999
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