Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Forest Ecology
- Wood Anatomy
- Biology Education
- Curriculum Development
Prachi has a PhD in Forest Botany from the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, where her research was focused on the wood anatomy of Indian oaks. She studied how differences in four types of cells in the xylem of a tree can help in identifying it up to the genus or species level. Apart from that, she also studied the fiber morphology of Indian hardwood species to assess their potential for industrial uses.
Prior to joining Azim Premji University, she worked as a Subject Matter Expert at Vedantu, where she developed creative and engaging e‑learning content for K‑12 students.
Her interest has now grown in biology education research, e‑learning, and curriculum development.
She completed her Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Botany from Delhi University (DU).
Uses case studies from the Indian context, and provides a glimpse of the vast scope and interdisciplinary nature of modern biology.
- Gupta, P., & Gupta, S. (2020). Wood anatomy of Indian oaks, with reference to systematic, ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Nordic Journal of Botany, 38(4). https://doi.org/10.1111/njb.02570
- Gupta, S., Bisht, D., & Gupta, P. (2020). Woods in Tabo: A 10th century Buddhist Monastery in Trans Himalayan region of India. Indian Journal of History of Science. 55(4), 334 – 343. https://doi.org/10.16943/ijhs/2020/v55i4/158288
Chapter in Edited Book
- Gupta, P., Bisht, D., Kandpal, V. & Gupta, S. (2021). Advances in the wood anatomical studies with innovations in microscopy — a review. In N. Pingault, J.M. Roshetko, A. Meybeck (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Forest Sector Outlook: Innovative Forestry for a Sustainable Future. Youth contributions from Asia and the Pacific. (pp. 139 – 148). CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, & Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. https://doi.org/10.17528/cifor/008199
- Arora, G., & Gupta, P. (2022, March 23). Forests: Unlock the benefits like never before. World Forest Voices. https://worldforestvoices.wordpress.com/2022/03/23/forests-unlock-the-benefits-like-never-before/