Rajendra Mohan Panda
Postdoctoral Associate

rajendra@gri.msstate.edu

Office: HPC
Phone:

2 Research Blvd
Mississippi State University
MS 39759

Biography:
Rajendra Mohan Panda is a postdoctoral researcher at Mississippi State University with more than a decade of research experience in the fields of agriculture, biostatistics, ecology, forestry, and soil science. His broad research interests include biodiversity, climate change predictions, invasion risk assessments, spatial modeling, ecological monitoring, interactive mapping, and visualization. His research is both field and laboratory-based, with applications in animals and plants researches. He has proficiencies in large spatial data analytics, machine learning applications, species distribution modeling, and interactive mapping and visualization through R implementation.

He has more than fifteen peer-reviewed publications, and contributions to six GitHub repositories, two Shiny Apps and two news articles those can be accessed at:

Google Scholar
Research Gate
GitHub Repositories
R Shiny Apps
News Article1
News Article2

Education:

Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, School of Water Resources, 2018, Thesis: Environmental determinants of plant richness in Indian Himalaya.

Research Positions:

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Mississippi State University, Geosystems Research Institute, 2021-present

  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Georgia, Dept of Crop and Soil Sciences, 2020-2021

  • Research Associate, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences (CORAL), 2019–2020

  • Sr. Project Officer, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences (CORAL), 2018– 2019

  • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, School of Water Resources, 2017–2018

  • Graduate Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, School of Water Resources, 2014–2017

  • Sr. Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, School of Water Resources, 2012–2014

Research Experience:

Soil Science - Estimation, classification, and mapping soil moisture and soil temperature; R-package for interactive mapping and visualization of soil moisture and soil temperature

Plant Science - Diversity and distribution studies; species-environment interactions; gradient pattern analysis; spatial analyses; climate change predictions; invasion risk assessments; species distribution modeling; global dynamic vegetation modeling; ecological monitoring and assessment

Animal Science - Foraging behavior; movement ecology, population dynamics, human interactions, conservation and management of blackbucks (Antilope cervicapra); foraging behavior of Hanuman langur (Presbytes entellus); diversity and distribution studies, spatial modeling of bats (chiropterans)

Technical Skills:

  • Large-data analytics

  • Machine Learning Applications

  • Species distribution modeling

  • Spatial analysis and Modeling

  • Development of R-packages and Apps

  • Interactive Mapping and Visualization


Software Skills:

  • R-proficieny

  • ArcGIS

  • QGIS

  • Python(basics)

Research Interest:

  • Interdisciplinary Research

  • Machine Learning Applications

  • Spatial Modeling

  • Large-data Analytics

  • Interactive Mapping and Visualization

  • High-performance Computing

Hobbies:
Soft music; Short stories; Comedy movies


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