Professional Activities

General Interests: 

Vascular Plant Systematics, Plant Morphology, Plant Geography, Plant Nomenclature

Current Projects:

  • Indexing Vascular Plant Names of the New World;

  • Updating Database Files on Authors, Collectors & Publications;

  • Analyzing Nomenclatural Problems for the Old and New Worlds;

  • Bibliography of Vascular Plant Names


  • Manager & Editor, International Plant Name Index

  • Nomenclature Editor, Harvard Papers in Botany

  • Nomenclature Editor, Flora of North America

  • Collaborator, Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum)

  • Member, Committee for the Vascular Plants, International Association for Plant Taxonomy

  • Associate Editor, Journal Rhodora

  • Associate Nomenclature Editor, Taxon, International Journal of Plant Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Evolution

  • Advisory Editor, Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany (JETB)

  • Member, Editorial Committee, Journal Rheedea

  • Member, Editorial Committee, Korean Journal of Plant Taxonomy

  • Member, Editorial Advisory Committee, Journal PLEIONE

  • Faculty, Adult Education Program, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

  • Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Collaborator to USDA-PLANTS database

  • Nomenclatural Consultant and Data Contributor to USDA-GRIN database

  • Nomenclature Editor, Manual of Vascular Flora of India (Ashoka Trust, India)

  • Vice-President, New England Botanical Club, Inc. (Apr 2007-Mar 2009)

  • President, New England Botanical Club, Inc. (Apr 2009-Mar 2011)

  • Course Director - Plant Nomenclature Workshop, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019
    Served as the Course Director for four Botanical Nomenclature Course workshops (India & Brazil): the first and second workshops were jointly organized by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and Environmental Information System, of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, and were held on 11th--13th January 2013 at Kolkata and on 9th----12th February 2017 at Pune India. The Kolkata workshop was first of its kind held in India. The focus of the workshops was on the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Melbourne Code). More than 90 people from different academic and research institutions of India attended the workshop. Dr. Paramjit Singh, Director (BSI), was the Convener; and Dr. P. Lakshminarasimhan, Scientist (BSI), was the Coordinator. The third workshop was organized by Prof. Maria do Carmo E. Amaral, Depto. de Biologia Vegetal, IB-UNICAMP, Brazil. The fourth workshop was held at Coimbatore, India, during 11—15 March 2019; Er. A. K. Pathak (Director In-charge of the BSI) was Convener of the course; Dr. Lakshminarasimhan and Dr. C. Murugan served as Coordinator and Facilitator, respectively

Keynote & Plenary Talks:

  • November 11, 2017: The 27th Annual Conference of the Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy and International Symposium held at the Department of Botany, Delhi University, India

  • December 20—22, 2012: International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development in Emerging Economies, held at M.L.A. First Grade College for Women, Bangalore

  • December 14—16, 2010: Seminar organized by the North Bengal University & East Himalayan Society for Spermatophyte Taxonomy held at Siliguri, India

  • November 26—28, 2010: The 20th Annual Conference of the Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy and International Symposium held at the Department of Botany, Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu, India

General Talks:


  • Jan 26: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL.


  • Jul 28: International Botanical Congress, Shenzhen, China

  • Feb 6: R.D. & S.H. National College, Mumbai

  • Feb 13: University of Hyderabad

  • Feb 14: Calicut University

  • Feb 21-23: Calcutta University

  • Feb 24: Nalanda University

  • Feb 28-March 1: Marathwada University

  • Mar 2: St. Xavier College, Mumbai

  • Nov 17: Maharani College, Govt. of Karnataka, Bangalore

  • Nov 19: Delhi University


  • Feb 12: Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata

  • Feb 13: Vidyasagar University

  • Feb 15: Calcutta University; International Seminar

  • Feb 18: Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai

  • Feb 19: Tumkur University

  • Feb 22: St. Xavier's College, Mumbai

  • Feb 24: Kolar Research Center, Kolar

  • Feb 25: Bangalore University-Botany Dept.

  • Feb 27: Calicut University

  • Mar 3: Bangalore University-Biological Sciences


  • Jan 3: Goa University

  • Jan 4: R.D. & S.H. National College, Mumbai

  • Jan 5: Shivaji University, Kolhapur

  • Jan 8: Chinmaya High School, Kolar

  • Jan 14: Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata

  • Jan 16: PES Institute of Technology and Management (PESITM), Shimoga

  • Jan 16: Govt. DVS Degree College, Shimoga

  • Jan 17: R.C. College, Bangalore


  • Dec 29: Calicut University