Sooraj N P

Sooraj N P

Assistant Professor

Dr Sooraj N P is an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics at Digital University Kerala. He holds a PhD and MSc in Environmental Studies from Cochin University of Science and Technology and a BSc in Botany from the University of Calicut. Additionally, he qualified for the UGC National Eligibility Test for Assistant Professor in Environmental Science. Before joining the digital university, he worked as a Project Scientist at IIITM-K, Thiruvananthapuram.

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Areas of interest

Ecological informatics, geospatial ecology, environmental biology, terrestrial ecosystem studies, traditional ecological knowledge, sustainability, global change studies.

Research Publications

  1. Rajan, Sajeev C., Lijimol Dominic, M. Vishnu, K. Athira, P. Sooraj, and R. Jaishanker (2022). Surrogacy of post natural disaster acoustic indices for biodiversity assessment. Environmental Challenges 6: 100420.
  2. Jaishanker, R., M. Vishnu, C. R. Sajeev, P. Sooraj, K. Athira, V. Sarojkumar, D. Lijimol, J. M. Subin, U. Anjaly, and Vinay Kumar Dadhwal (2021) Biodiversity clock and conservation triangle: Integrative platform for biodiversity monitoring, evaluation, and preemptive conservation intervention.” Environmental and Sustainability Indicators 11: 100137.
  3. Sooraj, N.P., Jaishanker, R., Sajeev, C.R., Saroj Kumar, V., Lijimol, D. and Ammini, J. (2020). Influence of Forest Canopy Gaps on Establishment of Mikania micrantha Kunth, an Invasive Plant, in a Tropical Forest in Southern Western Ghats, India, Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences 8(5): 199-206.
  4. Saroj Kumar V, Sooraj N P, Sajeev C R, Athira K, Lijimol D, Vishnu M, Jaishanker Raghunathan Nair (2020) Video journals for science communication; Current Science 119(1):9
  5. P. Sooraj, R. Jaishanker, K. Athira, C.R. Sajeev, D. Lijimol, K.V. Saroj, J. Ammini, M.S. Pillai, V.K. Dadhwal (2019). Comparative study on the floral spectral reflectance of invasive and non- invasive plants, Ecological Informatics,53,100990.
  6. K Athira, N P Sooraj, Jaishanker, R., Saroj Kumar, V., Sajeev, C.R., Pillai, M.S., Dadhwal, V.K. (2019). Quantitative Representation of Floral Colors. Color Research and Application 1-7.
  7. Athira, K., Sooraj, N P., Jaishanker, R., Saroj Kumar, V., Sajeev, C. R., Pillai, M.S., Govind, A., Ramarao, N., & Dadhwal, V.K. (2018). Chromatic exclusivity hypothesis and the physical basis of floral color. Journal of Ecological Informatics, 49, 40-44.
  8. Sajeev, C. R., Athira, K., Jaishanker, R. N P Sooraj, & Saroj, K.V. (2018). Rapid assessment of biodiversity using acoustic indices. Biodiversity and Conservation, 28, 2371–2383.
  9. Saroj, K.V., Nair, B. A, Nair, P. V. R., Annamalai, A., Jaishanker, R., N P Sooraj., Umamaheswaran, K., & Peethambaran C. K. (2017). “First Report of Colletotrichum siamense causing Anthracnose of Cliff Banana in India”, Plant Diseases, 101(2).

Book Chapter

  1. 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.


  1. T V Ramchandra, Subash Chandran M D, Joshi N.V, Sooraj N P, Rao G R, Vishnu Mukri. 2012. Ecology of Sacred Kan Forests in Central Western Ghats, ENVIS Technical Report.
  2. Jaishanker,R., Sarojkumar, V., Sooraj, N P., Somasekheran, M., Ram Boojh. 2015. Melting Crucibles – Quantitative Assessment of Erosion of Traditional Knowledge among tribal communities of the Western Ghats; A Natural Heritage Site: ISBN 978-93-5212-743-6.
  3. Jaishanker, R., Sooraj, N P., Ram Boojh. 2015. Creeping Threats to UNESCO Designated World Heritage Sites-Studeis on Lonterm NTFP Extraction and modeling futuristic Invasive Plant Distribution within WHS, Kerala, India: ISBN 978-93-5212-141-0.

Presentations in International Conferences

  1. P Sooraj, R Jaishanker & J. Ammini (2021). Geospatial investigation into landscape-level changes in invasibility. 11th International Summer School and Conference- Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment AGSE, 24 – 26 November 2019 held at University of Kathmandu, Nepal.
  2. N P Sooraj, U Anajaly, R Jaishanker, J Ammini (2021). Multi-temporal analysis of the land use changes around the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, in relation to plant invasion. International Conference on Ecological Informatics, November 09-13, Digital University Kerala, India
  3. N P Sooraj, K Athira, R Jaishanker, C R Sajeev, V Saroj Kumar, M Vishnu, D Lijimol, J M Subin, J Ammini Comparison of hyperspectral foliar reflection of invasive and non-invasive angiosperms. International Conference on Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment, (AGSE 2019) held at University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany, 11-14 September 2019.
  4. Sooraj, N. P., Jaishanker, R. M. S. Pillai, Joseph, A., Saroj, K V. Assessment of physical stress induced by invasive climbers on native plants, India Biodiversity Meet 2018, held at ISI, Kolkata, 15-17 March 2018.
  5. Sudheesh., Sudhakar Reddy Chinthala, Sooraj, N.P., Jaishanker, R. and C.S.P. Iyer. Forest Fragmentation Monitoring in Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Andhrapradesh, India. International conference on Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment (AGSE 2012) held at UTM, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 16-20 July 2012.
  6. Sooraj, N.P., Behr, F. J. & Jaishanker, R. (2011). Mapping Distribution and Habitat Suitability an Example of the Tree Frog (Hyla arborea L.) in Baden Wurttemberg In Proceedings: Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment (AGSE 2011) held at Nairobi, Kenya, 14-20 August 2011.

Invited Talks

  1. Talk on ‘SDGs and Biodiversity’ delivered in a workshop on sustainable development Goal mapping (SUSMAPS) held at IIITM-K, Trivandrum, on May 5, 2017.
  2. Delivered a talk on Environmental studies in a student workshop, ‘Face to face with frontiers in Science’ arranged by Swadeshi Science Movement at RGCB, Thiruvananthapuram, in 14-18 May 2019.



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