About P.C Abhilash
P.C. Abhilash is an Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science at the Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He was trained in sustainable clean-up technologies and restoration ecology from CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow. His current research interest lies on climate resilient agriculture, plant-microbe interactions under changing climate, multipurpose remediation of marginal and polluted lands, soil carbon sequestration, pesticide pollution, biomass/biofuel production from marginal and polluted lands, nanoparticles in soil system and adaptive soil management. He is also interested in the formulation of suitable policy frameworks for sustainable agriculture, land degradation and restoration and biomass/biofuel production. Currently he is involved as a Lead Author (LA) of the 'Asia-Pacific Regional Assessment on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services' and ‘Thematic Assessment on Global Land Degradation and Restoration' launched by United Nations-Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (UN-IPBES), Bonn, Germany. He is on the board of several international journals namely Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), Biomass and Bioenergy (Elsevier), Agronomy for Sustainable Development (Springer), Restoration Ecology (Wiley), Biodegradation (Springer), Environmental Management (Springer), PLOS One (PLOS), Energy, Ecology & Environment (Springer), Frontiers in Bioengineering & Biotechnology and Frontiers in Environmental Sciences (Frontiers) and serving in the capacity of Associate Editor, Academic Editor, Co-ordinating Editor, Review Editor and Editorial Board Member. He is also serving as a frequent reviewer for several journals from Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Royal Society etc. Prof. Abhilash is actively involved with various international organizations/agencies like UN-IPBES, UNDP-BES-Network, UNFCCD, UNEP-POPs Elimination Network, IHPA, DIWPA, Asahi Glass Foundation etc. for fostering environmental sustainability and serving as an external reviewer for IPCC; PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency; European Science Foundation; Academy of Science of Czech Republic; National Centre for Science & Technology, Republic of Kazakhstan and Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India. He is a member of the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), IUCN and involved in various Thematic Groups of CEM like (i) Ecosystem Restoration (ii) Resilience (iii) Ecosystem Services (iv) Nanomaterials and Ecosystem and (v) Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystem. He has visited universities in UK, USA, Japan, Brazil and China for academic purposes. He is an Associate Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India (NAAS), Member of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) and Founder Member of the Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS). He also received INSA-Medal for Young Scientist, NASI-Platinum Jubilee Young Scientist Award, HIYOSHI-Young Ecologist Award and prestigious Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships like UGC-NET-JRF, UGC-SRF, CSIR-RA, UGC-Dr. DS Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship and CSIR-Nehru Science Postdoctoral Fellowship.