The faculty members are engaged in various research activities right from the inception of the department. Faculty members and other researchers have published more than 600 research publications in the National and International journals of repute. Major thrust areas of research include: Taxonomy and Ethnobotany, Aerobiology, Palynology, Remote Sensing Applications, Pyrology including Conservation and Management of Medicinal Plants, Vegetation and Nutrient dynamics, Physiology and Ecology of High-Altitude Plants, Algal Biotechnology, Natural product-based drug discovery, and Cyanobacterial research.
The department has produced more than 200 PhDs so far. The distinguished faculty members have also published valuable books on Himalayan Vegetation and related aspects like The Vegetational Wealth of the Himalayas (Prof. G. S. Paliwal, 1980), Concepts of Modern Ecology (Prof. S.C. Tiwari, 1993), Flora of District Garhwal (Prof. R D Gaur, 1999), etc.
The Department has a moderate Herbarium representing the vascular plants of the Himalayan region. The Herbarium is recognized by International Association of Plant Taxonomists and has been assigned the acronym ‘GUH’. There are more than 20,000 accessions of angiosperms, gymnosperms and pteridophytes representing diversified habitats of Himalaya ranging from foot hills to alpine areas.
The Department also offers UG and PG courses at two other campuses, namely BGR Campus, Pauri and SRT Campus, Badshahithaul, New Tehri of the University.