Profile of Dr. K. Muthuchelian

Muthuchelian, Krishnasamy  

Elected Fellow – 2007

Basic Sciences: Environmental Sciences

DB: 09-03-1959

Birth place

Sivakasi, Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu, India


Educated at School of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Madurai; Kamaraj University, India, 2003 (D.Sc. (Environment); Department of Energy, University of Ancona, Italy,1996-98 (PDF); School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj , University, India,1988. Ph.D. (Environment).

Positions held 

Vice-Chancellor, Periyar University, Salem (2010); Director, Centre for Biodiversity and Forest Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai (2001 to till date); Professor & Head, School of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Madurai, Kamaraj University, Madurai (2004 to till date);  Expert member - Man and Biosphere programme (MAB), Government of India, New Delhi (2007-2010).

Research Area

Forest Ecosystem, Biodiversity Conservation, Ecosystem development and afforestation, Global Climate Change, Sustainable Energy Production

Awards and fellowships

Prestigious Member - The New York Academy of Sciences, USA (1996);  Prestigious Member- International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources [IUCN] Switzerland; ICTP fellowship, Italy (1997).

Best Teacher in Innovative Practices in Higher Education (2008); Bharat Jyothi Award (2007); Shree Annai Aravindhar Award (2006); Karma Veerar Kamarajar Award (2005); Vijay Shree Award (2005); Tamil Nadu State Scientists Award (1999); Best Scientist in Environmental Sciences, (2001-2002); Honoroary Tree Warden (1999-2000); Honorary Wild Life Warden (2002); Distinguished Alumni Award (2004); Recognized Environmental Analysts (1988).


Fellow, International Energy Foundation (FIEF) Canada (2003);


Vice-Chancellor, Periyar University, Salem- 636 011, Tamil Nadu, India


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