Welcome to Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University

Department of Zoology


A Central University


Research/ Academic Activities


Major Identified Areas of Research


E-flows and Ecosystem Services Additional interests, biogeography of highland aquatic biodiversity in the Indian sub-continent.

Conservation Biology: Himalayan Biodiversity, Human, Avian & Ichthyo-Genome Diversity, Aquatic diversity, Faunal Resource Management

Bioinformatics: Data base on incidence of disease in Uttarakhand, Molecular Phylogeny

Community and Population Ecology: Aquatic communities (fish, benthic macroinvertebrates & diatoms)

Animal Behaviour & Molecular Physiology: Biological Clock, Migration, Chemoreception, Pheromones & Sexual Behaviour, Olfactory & Foraging Behaviour

Freshwater Biology: Lake, stream and river ecology, productivity & bioenergetics & Habitat Ecology

Fish Ecology & Taxonomy: Molecular Phylogeny, Evolution, Diversity and Population Dynamics of Cold Water Fishes with emphasis on Himalayan Mahseer and Snow Trout

Coldwater Fish Culture: Ornamental, game and food fishes

Drosophila Taxonomy & Ecology: Systematics, Molecular Phylogeny, Evolution, Pest and Biodiversity of family Drosophilidae.

Environmental & Molecular Biology & Endocrinology: Reproductive Biology, Iodine Deficiency Disorders, Hormone profiles of Himalayan Inhabitants, Thyroid Physiology & Mechanism of action,



  • MoU with National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resource (ICAR), Lucknow December 2019
  • MoU with Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries (ICAR), Bhimtal – scheduled for March
  • Agreement with Dept. of Biology at the University of Copenhagen and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, under International Network Programme (INP) funded by Danish Agency of Science and Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Denmark -2019
  • Centre for Eco-hydrology, United Kingdom - River Health Assessment in the Upper Ganga: A scoping study, Unpublished report - CEH Reference NCE06123 ODA 2017
  • UNESCO Chair on River Culture (in french: Fleuves et Patrimoines) – Publication http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eco- hyd.2015.12.003
  • MoU with Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CSIR), Lucknow
  • Drs Lalji Singh & K Thangaraj CCMB Human Genome Diversity
  • Molecular phylogeny Himalayan fish Dr S Shivaji, LACONS, CCMB Genetic diversity of Himalayan finches
  • Dr B C Das Director ICPO, ICMR Molecular diagnosis of cervical cancer
  • Dr V K Batish, NDRI Karnal Goat cheese production through RDT
  • Health Department, Govt. of Uttarakhand Incidence of diseases in Uttarakhand
  • Dr Amlava Bhattachrya On palaeoenvironment
  • Birbal Sahani Institutue of Palaeobotany, Lucknow
  • The Institute of Low Temperature science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan


 Research Landmarks

  • Initiated - Climate change impact on proglacial freshwater ecosystems functioning
  • The myth that animals in tropics do not use day length to time seasonal phenomenon (viz., reproduction, molting) demolished.
  • Basic concepts in photoperiodism & hormone (thyroid) action challenged.
  • Radioimmunoassay standardized for thyroid hormones in animal sera first time in the country.
  • First data base on thyroid hormone profiles for management of Goitre & Iodine Deficiency Disorders in Himalaya–a health hazard in mountains.
  • Erstwhile circulating protein bound iodine (PBI) universally used in thyroid diagnosis first demonstrated to be an erroneous parameter.
  • First unequivocal evidence provided for the hormonal basis of bird migration.
  • A novel approach to study Himalayan biodiversity commenced integrating molecular, phenotypic (morphological, osteological), behavioral & ecological aspects.
  • First DNA finger prints of Himalayan fish species, registered with NCBI, USA (in collaboration with CCMB, Hyderabad).
  • Human Genome diversity and molecular basis of diseases (with CCMB).
  • Application of Bioinformatics Tools to distribution & evolution of Himalayan fauna, Human tribes, Incidence of diseases.
  • Role of pheromones in reproductive behaviour and physiology of fish has been evaluated for the first time in Indian Subcontinent. Studies carried out include the isolation, identification, chemistry, release mechanism & mode of action of sex pheromones in fish.
  • Successful development of hatchery and stocking facilities for hill stream fishes including the Snow trout (Schizothorax richardsonii) and Himalayan Mahseer (Tor putitora).
  • Morpho-histological and histochemical basis of organogenesis from Pre to Post flexing stages in hillstream fishes have been revealed.
  • DNA isolation and sequencing of Glyptothorax spp. have been accomplished.
  • Strong knowledge base on the fishery biology, ecology and population dynamics, over a period of more than two decades, has been developed to assess the status of the Himalayan mahseer, a threatened fish species, to compliment conservation.
  • Based on evaluation of microhabitat characteristics of early life stage (0+ Year) of threatened Himalayan Mahseer, habitat suitability for its conservation recommended.
  • Inventorization of the aquatic biodiversity of Garhwal Himalaya, organisms of interest being benthic diatoms, benthic macroinvertebrates and fish.
  • Community structure, productivity and distribution of macroinvertebrate benthos at watershed and catchment scale in the Himalayan region revealed.
  • Study on molecular characterization of benthic macroinvertebrates initiated.
  • Valuable lipase enzyme producing novel bacterium Bacillus pumilusRK31was isolated and its DNA sequence was registered with NCBI, USA.
  • Pioneering study to determine the ecological (including trophic and saprobic) state of streams and rivers vis-à-vis land use across all major river basins of the Uttarakhand State.
  • Developing strategies for sustainable use of mountain fishery resources.
Last Updated on 05/01/2021

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