My research interest is to understand the patterns and processes that shape structure and function of plant populations and communities, and to understanding the impacts of climate change on ecological patterns and processes. I aim to study interaction between plants and their environment (using functional trait, species distribution and phylogenetic data from long term/experimentally manipulated and/or gradient studies) to better understand plant adaptation strategies and responses to environmental change. I am also interested in incorporating genetic and ‘omic’ approaches in my research so as to better understand about plant adaptation, functioning and traits under selection.
2013 – 2019 Ph.D.: Biological Sciences (Plant Ecology) from Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research at CSIR – Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, India
2008 – 2010 M.Sc.: Botany from Meerut College Meerut, affiliated to Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, India
2005 – 2008 B. Sc.: Life Sciences from University of Jammu, India
Since January 2021 – Post-Doctoral Fellow at Department of Population Ecology, Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Pruhonice, Prague – CZ
2020 – Research Associate at CSIR – Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, India
2012 – 2018 – Research Fellow at CSIR – Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, India
2011 – 2012 – Lecturer in Botany at Government Degree College Basohli, India
2010 – 2011 – Lecturer in Botany at Higher Secondary School Mara Patti, Basohli, India
Thakur, D., Münzbergová Z. 2021. Rhizome trait scaling relationships are modulated by growth conditions and are linked to plant fitness. bioRxiv: 2021.05.17.444226. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.05.17.444226
Rathore N., Thakur D., Kumar D., Chawla A., Kumar S. 2021. Time-series eco-metabolomics reveals extensive reshuffling in metabolome during transition from cold acclimation to de-acclimation in an alpine shrub. Physiologia Plantarum 173: 1824–1840. https://doi.org/10.1111/ppl.13524
Singh L., Thakur D., Sharma M.K., Chawla A. 2021. Dynamics of leaf litter decomposition in the timberline zone of western Himalaya. Acta Oecologica 111: 103715. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actao.2021.103715
Thakur, D., Rathore, N., Sharma, M.K., Parkash, O., Chawla, A., 2021. Identification of ecological factors affecting the occurrence and abundance of Dactylorhiza hatagirea (D.Don) Soo in the Himalaya. Appl. Res. Med. Aromat. Plants. Volume 20, 100286.
Thakur, D. & Chawla, A. 2020. Reliability of leaf functional traits after delayed measurements. Australian Journal of Botany 68, 100-107.
Thakur, D., Rathore, N., & Chawla, A. 2019. Increase in light interception cost and metabolic mass component of leaves are coupled for efficient resource use in the high altitude vegetation. Oikos, 128: 254–263.
Thakur, D., & Chawla, A. 2019. Functional diversity along elevational gradients in the high altitude vegetation of the western Himalaya. Biodiversity and Conservation, 28(8–9), 1977–1996.
Thakur, D., Rathore, N., Sharma, M. K., & Chawla, A. 2018. Enhanced reproductive success revealed key strategy for persistence of devastated populations in Himalayan food‐deceptive orchid, Dactylorhiza hatagirea. Plant Species Biology, 33(3), 191-202.
Rathore, N., Thakur, D., & Chawla, A. 2018. Seasonal variations coupled with elevation gradient drives significant changes in eco-physiological and biogeochemical traits of a high altitude evergreen broadleaf shrub, Rhododendron anthopogon. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 132, 708-719.
Research fellowship awailed
2015 – 2018 – Senior Research Fellowship awarded by University Grants Commission, India
2013 – 2015 – Junior Research Fellowship awarded by University Grants Commission, India