Rakesh Tiwari


In 2015, record temperatures were recorded across much of the Tropics, with temperatures in many tropical forests approaching or exceeding 40°C.  Such temperatures are thought to be close to threshold temperatures at which impairment of plant physiological functioning occurs. Climate change is further expected to aggravate the occurrence and intensity of tropical heatwaves in the 21st century [IPCC AR5, SPM Page 10]. Tropical forest response to heatwaves is little understood and the existing literature is biased towards temperate areas. An analysis of heatwaves across tropics and possible impacts on rainforest function form the focus of my PhD. 


  • Pan-tropical analysis of observed heatwaves
  • Understand how tropical trees adapt under different frequency and intensities of heatwaves
  • Physiological responses of tree species to heatwaves

Research Affiliations

Ecology and Global change


LIRS, Leeds International Research Scholarship

Conferences/training courses attended

2009 January: Regional downscaling workshop, Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich

2010 July: Ecosystem vulnerability to climate change: methods for assessment, observation and forecast. Advanced course from Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary

2014 May: National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in collaboration with the British Ecological Society (BES),RAINFOR-GEM and University of Oxford workshop on Ecosystem Monitoring and Forest Census Research in South India, NCBS, Bengaluru

2014 October: 4th International Rice Congress organised by International Rice Research Institute, at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Thailand.

Tiwari, Rakesh, Kritee, K., Adhya, Tapan K., Loecke, Terry, Rudek, Joe, Nair, Drishya, . . . Salai, Abhilash. (2015). Sampling guidelines and analytical optimization for direct greenhouse gas emissions from tropical rice and upland cropping systems. Carbon Management, 6(3-4), 169-184. doi: 10.1080/17583004.2015.1082233

Tiwari, Rakesh, Murthy, Indu K., Killi, Jayaram, Kandula, Kalyani, Bhat, Prabhakar R., Nagarajan, Ramjee, . . . Ravindranath, N. H. (2010). Land use dynamics in select village ecosystems of southern India: drivers and implications. Journal of Land Use Science, 5(3), 197-215. doi: 10.1080/1747423X.2010.500683

Tiwari, Rakesh, Murthy, Indu K., & Ravindranath, N. H. (2011). Indicator based approach for monitoring natural resources of village ecosystems: findings from select ecosystems of southern India. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 14(2), 253-271. doi: 10.1007/s10668-011-9320-x

Tiwari, Rakesh, Somashekhar, H. I., Parama, V. R. Ramakrishna, Murthy, Indu K., Kumar, M. S. Mohan, Kumar, B. K. Mohan, . . . Rao, Ananya S. (2011). MGNREGA for environmental service enhancement and vulnerability reduction: rapid appraisal in Chitradurga district, Karnataka. Economic and political weekly, 46(20), 39-47.

I K, Murthy, Tiwari, Rakesh, & Ravindranath, N. H. (2010). Climate change and forests in India: adaptation opportunities and challenges. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 16(2), 161-175. doi: 10.1007/s11027-010-9261-y

Kritee, K., Nair, Drishya, Tiwari, Rakesh, Rudek, Joseph, Ahuja, Richie, Adhya, Tapan, . . . Dava, Obulapathi. (2015). Groundnut cultivation in semi-arid peninsular India for yield scaled nitrous oxide emission reduction. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 103(1), 115-129. doi: 10.1007/s10705-015-9725-2

Murthy, Indu K, Gupta, Mohini, SonamTomar, Munsi, Madhushree, Tiwari, Rakesh, Hegde, GT, & NH, Ravindranath. (2013). Carbon Sequestration Potential of Agroforestry Systems in India. Journal of Earth Science & Climatic Change, 04(01). doi: 10.4172/2157-7617.1000131

Ravindranath, N. H., Rao, Sandhya, Sharma, Nitasha, Nair, Malini, Gopalakrishnan, Ranjith, Rao, Ananya S., Malaviya, Sumedha, Tiwari, Rakesh, Munsi, Madhushree. (2011). Climate change vulnerability profiles for North East, India. Curr Sci, 101(3), 1-11.