Assistant Professor

Athira K

Dr. Athira K

Assistant Professor

Dr. Athira K is an Assistant Professor at the School of Informatics (SoI), Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology (KUDSIT), Technocity Campus, Trivandrum, Kerala India. She received her Ph.D. degree in Ecological Informatics from Cochin Univesity of Science and Technology (CUSAT) with Kerala State Biodiversity Board Doctoral Fellowship. Before joining for Ph.D., she completed her MPhil degree from CUSAT and worked as a project intern at Forestry and Ecology Group, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO, Hyderabad. Her research interests are in the areas of Floral radiometry, Hyperspectral and multispectral remote sensing, biodiversity, and bioinformatics.

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Ecological Informatics, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT)
  • MPhil in Ecological Informatics, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT)
  • MSc. in Zoology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam
  • BSc. in Zoology, Kannur University

Major Research works

Floral Radiometry

Geospatial assessment of Long-term changes in Carbon stocks and fluxes in forests of India (1930-2013)

Historical forest fragmentation in India (1930-2013).

Analysis of spatiotemporal patterns of long term forest cover change, forest fragmentation, and forest fires in Kerala state

Spatial analysis of deforestation, fragmentation and forest fires in Kerala : Implications on protected areas.


  • Sajeev, C.R., Vishnu, M, Ahalya, Mitra. Sooraj, N P., Athira, K, Pillai, MS.& Jaishanker R. 2024. Threshold of Anthropogenic Sound Levels Within Protected Landscapes in Kerala, India for Avian Habitat Quality and Conservation. Scientific Reports. 14, 2701
  • Ayushi, K., Babu, K. N., Ayyappan, N., Nair, J. R., Athira, K., & Reddy, C. S. (2024). A comparative analysis of machine learning techniques for aboveground biomass estimation: A case study of the Western Ghats, India. Ecological Informatics, 102479.
  • Athira Kakkara, Jaishanker Raghunathan Nair, Sajeev C. Rajan, Vinay Kumar Dadhwal. (2023) Remote sensing of flowers, Ecological Informatics. 102369.
  • Rajan, S. C., Dominic, L., Vishnu, M., Athira, K., Sooraj, N. P., &Jaishanker, R. (2022). Surrogacy of post-natural disaster acoustic indices for biodiversity assessment. Environmental Challenges, 6, 100420.
  • Jaishanker, R., Vishnu, M., Sajeev, C. R., Sooraj, N. P., Athira, K., Sarojkumar, V., ... &Dadhwal, V. K. (2021). Biodiversity clock and conservation triangle: Integrative platform for biodiversity monitoring, evaluation, and preemptive conservation intervention. Environmental and Sustainability Indicators, 11, 100137.
  • Kumar, V.S., Sooraj, N.P., Sajeev, C.R., Athira, K., Lijimol, D., Vishnu, M. &Jaishanker, R., 2020. Video Journals for Science Communication. Current Science, 119(1), pp.9-9.
  • Sooraj, N. P., Jaishanker, R., Athira, K., Sajeev, C. R., Lijimol, D., Saroj, K. V., ... &Dadhwal, V. K. (2019). Comparative study on the floral spectral reflectance of invasive and non-invasive plants. Ecological Informatics, 53, 100990.
  • Rajan, S. C., Athira, K., Jaishanker, R., Sooraj, N. P., &Sarojkumar, V. (2019). Rapid assessment of biodiversity using acoustic indices. Biodiversity and Conservation, 28(8), 2371-2383.
  • Athira, K., Sooraj, N. P., Jaishanker, R., Saroj Kumar, V., Sajeev, C. R., Pillai, M. S., ... &Dadhwal, V. K. (2019). Quantitative representation of floral colors. Color Research & Application, 44(3), 426-432.
  • Athira, K., Sooraj, N. P., Jaishanker, R., Kumar, V. S., Sajeev, C. R., Pillai, M. S., ... &Dadhwal, V. K. (2019). Chromatic exclusivity hypothesis and the physical basis of floral color. Ecological Informatics, 49, 40-44.
  • Jaishanker, R., Subin, J. M., Saroj, K. V., Sajeev, C. R., Athira, K., &Sooraj, N. P. (2018). Relationship of foliar colour parameters to paddy leaf area index and green red vegetation index. Journal of AgriSearch, 5(2), 116-118.
  • Sainuddin, F. V., Athira, K., Vasundharan, S. K., Parambath, S. N., Rajan, S. C., & Raghunathan, J. (2017). Spatial Mapping of Ethno Medicinal Knowledge with Specific Reference to Bacopa monnieri (L.) Pennell in India. Journal of Ayurveda Medical Sciences, 2(3).
  • Athira, K., Reddy, C. S., Saranya, K. R. L., Joseph, S., &Jaishanker, R. (2017). Habitat monitoring and conservation prioritisation of protected areas in Western Ghats, Kerala, India. Environmental monitoring and assessment, 189(6), 295.
  • Reddy, C. S., Alekhya, V. P., Saranya, K. R. L., Athira, K., Jha, C. S., Diwakar, P. G., &Dadhwal, V. K. (2017). Monitoring of fire incidences in vegetation types and Protected Areas of India: Implications on carbon emissions. Journal of Earth System Science, 126(1), 11.
  • Kumar, V. S., Karthy, S., Minsa, M., Singh, M. K., Athira, K., Sooraj, N. P., &Jaishanker, R. (2016). TurnerasubulataSm.(Family Passifloraceae): A new Host of Tawny Coster Acraea violae Linn. in Kerala, India. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society (JBNHS), 113, 32-33.
  • Reddy, C. S., Rakesh, F., Jha, C. S., Athira, K., Singh, S., Alekhya, V. P., ... &Dadhwal, V. K. (2016). Geospatial assessment of long-term changes in carbon stocks and fluxes in forests of India (1930–2013). Global and Planetary Change, 143, 50-65.
  • Athira, K., Sajeev, C. R., Sooraj, N. P., KN, S. K., &Jaishanker, R. (2016). Mapping traditional knowledge associated with Celastruspaniculatus in India using Geographical Information System (GIS). Journal of Ayurveda Medical Sciences J, 1(2).
  • Jaishanker, R., Sooraj, N. P., Pillai, M. S., Athira, K., Joseph, A., Krishna, A., ... &SarojKumar, V. (2016). Floral Radiometry: A Biophysical Basis to Characterize Landscapes. bioRxiv, 088583.
  • Jaishanker, R., Athira. K (2019). Floral Radiometry. In Press. Scitus Academies, NY, USA. ISBN - 978-1-64223-150-2
Book Chapter
  • Jaishanker, R., Athira, K., Sajeev, C. Rajan, Sooraj, N.P, Saroj Kumar, V. & Indu I. (2020). Biota - A Mobile Computing Platform for Biodiversity Research. In Book:Biodiversity and livelihood: Lessons from Community Research in India. pp.219-226. Bentham Science.