Dr. Mahender Singh Thakur


Name : Dr. Mahender Singh Thakur
Contact: 94181-89221
Designation: Assistant Professor
Specialization: Biodiversity, Entomology &  Molecular Taxonomy




Entomology and Biodiversity

Entomology and Biodiversity Research Laboratory’s focus is to understand Sociobiology and Behavioural Ecology of insects. Dealing with Insect Pollinators, Ecology, Taxonomy and Biodiversity of insects in the Shivalik Hills and Himalaya. We have worked on Taxonomy and Biodiversity of Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera and Coleoptera in particular. We have worked and also perusing research on the molecular characterization of Butterflies and Insects as they are the pollinators of different crops and medicinal plants in the Himalayan region respectively. The interest in Zoology has taken us beyond the confined walls of laboratory and therefore, enabled us to compile the faunal diversity of Sukhna Lake, Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pin Valley National Park, Renuka Wetland, Pong Dam wetland, Shivalik hills and different Eco-climatic zones of Himachal Pradesh. Under the umbrella of lab to land interest we have published the important information on biodiversity of butterflies of Shivalik Hills. We are also engaged in preparation of People’s Biodiversity Register (in collaboration with Himachal Pradesh State Biodiversity Board) and impacts of climate change on the pollinator’s genetic diversity.

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Dr.  Mahender Singh Thakur

Personal Information:

                                                DOB:  04-04-1974

                                                Qualifications: M.Sc., M. Phil, Ph. D

                                                Email/s: drmahender74[at]gmail[dot]com; mahender74@yahoo.co.in

                                                Contact No/s.:  94181-89221

                                                Teaching and Research Experience:  13 Years

Awards:                                 DST, Govt. of India Young Scientist Fellowship (SERC)

Address:                               Centre for Environment Studies,Deptt.of Biosciences, H. P. University, Shimla-5. Himachal Pradesh, INDIA

Research Information:   Area of Research: Biodiversity, Entomology & Molecular Taxonomy


 Research Publications:    Papers in Journal:            33 (30 International, 2 National)

                                                Papers in Conferences:    23

                                                No. of Ph. D. guided:        Nil

                                                No. of M. Phil guided:     07

Project Information:

                                                Research Projects completed:  02

                                                Research Project Ongoing:        01


                                                No. of Conferences/Workshops Organized:     07

                                                Conferences attended (National):                      20

                                                Conferences attended (international):               08

                                                Any Other:  Meeting attending with Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science &

                                                                        Technology, Environment & Forest (14-16 October, 2016)


Selected Publications:  (5)+01 Book


  1. Thakur, M.S.2017. Role of Butterflies as Flower Visitors, Pollinators and Flora conservation in     Himachal Pradesh, Western Himalaya. Annalas of Entomology 31(2):267-280.Indexed/Abstracted; Non-SCI Journal; NAASRating-3.4; IF- Still computing)
  2. Thakur, M.S.2015. Molecular characterization of seven species of Butterflies      (Lepidoptera:    Erycinidae, Lycaenidae) by RAPD-PCR. Jr. of Insect Science 28(2):317-325. (Peer     reviewed/Abstracted;SCI Journal; IF- .89)
  3. Thakur, M.S.2013. Molecular studies of seven species of Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) through

            RAPD-PCR technique. International Jr. of Pharma & Bio  Sciences, 4(3):1090-1098. (Peer reviewed

/Abstracted; SCI Journal; IF- 2.958)

  1. M.S. Thakur, V.K. Mattu and S. L Mehta. 2008.  Distributional Record of Insect Diversity in different altitude of Shimla Hills, Himachal Pradesh, India. J. Ent. Res.32 (4): 317-321. (Peer reviewed published by Elsevier; SCI Journal; NAAS IF- 3.9; IF- .320)
  2. Arora, G.S., Mehta, H.S., Walia, V.K. & Thakur, M.S. 2006. Lepidoptera: Butterflies. In: Biodiversity in

the Shivalik Hills of Punjab. Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, New Cannought Palace, Dehradun, India: 587-609.

  1. M.S.Thakur & Mattu, V.K., 2018. The Butterflies of Shivalik Hills, India New Delhi Publishers, New Delhi-  11005: 197pp.