Rakesh Tiwari

Rakesh Tiwari


I did my bachelor's and masters in botany from India and spent about five years working on climate change mitigation and forest carbon assessment. I also spent another five years working with an NGO consortium in India in implementing climate-smart agriculture and greenhouse gas mitigation projects. I was responsible for setting up five experimental sites across four states of Southern India where the trace gas emission reduction potential of various crops and sustainable agriculture practices was measured for several seasons. The data generated India’s first empirical mitigation potential estimates for greenhouse gas emission reduction on smallholder farms. I also worked on the gas chromatograph optimizing the instrument and analytical protocol for rapid and accurate measurement of trace gas samples. After about a decade of experience in forests, agriculture mitigation, greenhouse gas measurements, and training and handholding NGOs to implement agriculture mitigation projects, I got the opportunity to do my Ph.D. at the University of Leeds. Leeds International Research Scholarship enabled me to take up the Ph.D. and is possibly the best 3.5 years of my research career. My Ph.D. was on understanding high-temperature responses of photosynthesis wherein I studied some of the hottest Amazonian forest trees as well as soybean. I also developed the technology during my Ph.D. to measure leaf-light interactions. Currently, I am working at the Prof Emanuel Gloor Lab to develop the instrument for further testing and commercialization.

A biographical interview I gave for an Indian career advice company can be found here: External website link



  • Develop diagnostic technology to measure photosynthetic robustness in plants

Research interests

I am an ecophysiologist interested in understanding the temperature responses of photosynthesis. I am generally interested in empirical approaches to understanding the photosynthetic process and its limits. Apart from my core interest, I also work on understanding the responses of forests, in particular tropical forests to climate change. I would also like to connect with institutions and companies involved in crop breeding, seed producers, precision agriculture that are interested in exploring technologies to diagnose photosynthetic robustness in a non-destructive rapid way.

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  • Ph.D. in Geography
  • Master of Science in Applied Botany
  • Bachelor of Science in Botany, Biochemistry and Microbiology