Jayanti Ray Mukherjee

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Plant Ecology, Stress Physiology and Ecology, Restoration and Urban Sustainability , Climate Change , Stress Eco-physiology


Jayanti Ray is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.

Her interest lies in understanding how plants cope with stress. She uses the functional trait currency to examine the mechanisms related to stress and how individual plant response to stress can shape a plant community. She is interested in explaining population and community dynamics in space and time. She utilizes a trait-based platform to evaluate plants suitable for restoration purposes. She is also very interested in understanding how researchers and managers collaborate efficiently and how the gap between the science and practice can be bridged.


  • Ecology

    How are the interactions between organisms influenced by physical, chemical and biological features?

Publications and Writings

Publications (peer reviewed)

  • Ray-Mukherjee, J., Jones, T.A., Adler, P. B., and Monaco, T. A. (2015) Contrasting mechanism of recovery from defoliation in two Intermountain-native bunchgrasses. Rangeland Ecology and Management 68: 485 – 493.
  • Ray-Mukherjee, J., Nimon, K., Mukherjee, S., Morris, D. W., Slotow, R., and Hammer, M. (2014) Using commonality analysis in multiple regressions: a tool to decompose regression effects in the face of multicollinearity. Methods in Ecology and Evolution5:320 – 328.
  • Mukherjee, S., Heithaus, M., Trexler, J., Ray-Mukherjee, J.,andVaudo, J. (2014) Predation risk suppresses reproduction in ovo-viviparous and viviparous prey. PlosOne9(2): e88832. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088832
  • Alder, P. B., Salgero-Gomez, R., Compagnoni, A., Hsu, J., Ray-Mukherjee, J., Mbeau-Ache, C., and Franco, M. (2014) Functional traits explain variation in plant life history strategies. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences111: 740 – 745
  • Mukherjee, S., Ray-Mukherjee, J., and Sarabia,R. (2013) Crows and roads: observations on the traffic behavior of crows. Canadian Field Naturalist 127: 229 – 233
  • Ray-Mukherjee, J., Jones, T.A., and Monaco, T. A. (2013) Biomass and defoliation tolerance of 12 populations of Pseudoroegneriaspicata at two densities. Rangeland Ecology and Management66: 703 – 713
  • Ray-Mukherjee, J., Jones, T. A., Adler, P. B., and Monaco, T. A. (2011). Drought tolerance in two perennial bunchgrasses for restoration in the Intermountain West, U.S.A. Plant Ecology 212: 461 – 470
  • Ray-Mukherjee, J., Jones, T. A., Adler, P. B., and Monaco, T. A. (2011). Immature seedling growth of two North American native perennial bunchgrasses and the invasive grass Bromus tectorum. Rangeland Ecology and Management: 64: 358 — 365
  • Ray, J.*, Joshua, J., and Ronald, J. (2000). Sighting of Barking Deer in Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 97: 139 — 140.

Book Chapters

  • von Wettberg, E. Ray-Mukherjee, J., D’Adesky, N., Nesbeth, D., Sithla, S. (2014). The Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics of Stress Resistance Syndrome (SRS) Traits: Revisiting Chapin, Autumn and Pugnaire (1993). In: Rajakaruna, N., Boyd, R. S., and Harris, T. B. (eds.) Plant ecology and evolution in harsh environments. Pp 439
  • Ray-Mukherjee, J., Chelladurai , V., Ronald, J., Rawat, G. S., Mani, P., and Huffman M. A. (2010). Do animals eat what we do?:ethnobotanical and ecological observations on humans and animals of Mundanthrai range, Tamil Nadu, India. In: Kala, C. P. (ed.). Medicinal plants and Sustainable Development. Nova Science Publishers, NYUSA.
  • Ray, J.* and Rawat, G. S. (2002). Patterns of plant species diversity and endemism in KalakadMundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamilnadu. In: A.P. Das (ed.). Perspectives of Plant Biodiversity. Pp. 559 – 557. Shiva Offset Printers, Dehra Dun.

Proceedings, Published abstracts, and book reviews, and conference papers

  • Ray-Mukherjee, J. and vonWettberg, E. (2012). A broad spectrum of molecular approaches in conservation and management. Ecology 921377.
  • Zaady, E., Mukherjee, J., Godonu, K.J., Kraaij , T., Mwangi, M., Oguzoglu, I., and Sarig, S.(2006). Small-scale landscape patchiness affects soil characteristics in Negev Highlands (Abstract). Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 52: 203 – 204.
  • Ray, J.*, Chelladurai , V., Mani , P, Rawat , G. S. (1998). Observations on some Medicinal Plants of Mundanthurai Range in the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu. Proceedings of the International Conservation Conference 1998, Tiruvananthapuram, India.
  • Ray, J.* and Rawat, G. S. (2001). Patterns of plant species diversity and endemism in Kalakad — Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu. Proceedings on the National Seminar on Plant Biodiversity — Systematics, Conservation and Ethno botany, IAAT, Cochin, India.