Dr Swapna Mahanand

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Focus


My research focuces on biodiversity monitoring, ecological modelling, dispersal ecology, atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing, and machine learning. I am fascinated with the studies involving advanced machine learning approach to understand complex ecological processes.

Important Publications


  1. Mahanand, S., Behera, M. D., & Roy, P. S. (2022). Rapid assessment of plant diversity using MODIS biophysical proxies. Journal of Environmental Management311, 114778.
  2. Behera, M. D., Chitale, V. S., Matin, S., Mahanand, S., & Das, P. (2022). Relating Vegetation Community Distribution and Diversity to Their Environmental Settings in Part of the Indo-Gangetic Region. In Handbook of Himalayan Ecosystems and Sustainability, Volume 1 (pp. 301-316). CRC Press.
  3. Mahanand, S., Behera, M. D., Roy, P. S., Kumar, P., Barik, S. K., & Srivastava, P. K. (2021). Satellite based fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation is congruent with plant diversity in India. Remote Sensing13(2), 159.
  4. Mahanand, S., Tamang, D.D., Sikdar, A., Gudasalamani, R., Muneeswaran, M., Ganesan, R. (2021). Ecological Determinants of Woody Plant Species Richness in the Indian Himalayan Forest. In Spatial Modeling in Forest Resources Management (pp. 103-123). Springer, Cham.
  5. Behera, M. D., Roy, P. S., Mahanand, S., Panda, R. M., & Padhee, S. (2019). Angiospermic plant dispersal profile of India—a maiden analysis. Environmental monitoring and assessment191(3), 1-14.
  6. Mahanand, S., & Behera, M. D. (2019). Understanding the Indian mainland–island biogeography through plant dispersal mechanism. Biodiversity and Conservation28(8), 2063-2084.
  7. Mahanand, S., & Behera, M. D. (2017). Relationship between field-based plant species richness and satellite-derived biophysical proxies in the Western Ghats, India. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section A: Physical Sciences87(4), 927-939.
  8. Mahanand, S., Behera, M. D., & Roy, P. S. (2017). Plant dispersal profile of Indian tropical sub-continent on the basis of species commonality. Tropical Ecology58(2), 357-368.

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