Selvadurai Dayanandan, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of, Biology
PhD (Boston University)
Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Massachusetts-Boston)
Izaak W. Killam Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Alberta)
Evolutionary Genomics, Microbiomics, Molecular Systematics, Population Genetics, Phylogeography, Biodiversity Conservation
My research program is aimed at gaining insights into the processes underlying the evolutionary origin and maintenance of biological diversity with specific focus on the ecology, evolution and genomics of forest trees. Understanding these processes provides the necessary basis for the development of sound conservation and sustainable management strategies for forest and agricultural areas. Current research projects in my laboratory include studies in forest tree community assembly, population genetics and microbiomics of tropical and temperate forest trees and crop plants.
Shastri Indo Canadian Institute
Administrative & Governance activities
Chair (H.O.D.), Biology Department
Board of Governors, Concordia University
Senate, Concordia University
Chair -Interim, Biology Department
Director, Graduate Program in Biology
Director, Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Genomics
Honors Program Advisor, Biology Department
BIOL225 Form and Function of Organisms
BIOL340 Plant Biology
BIOL452 Population and Conservation Genetics
BIOL208 Environmental Biology
BIOL466 Advanced Techniques in Molecular Biology
BIOL490 Independent Study
BIOL508 Ecology for Environmentalists
BIOL511 Structural Genomics
BIOL516 Projects in Biotechnology
BIOL602 Molecular Phylogenetics
BIOL670 Scientific Communication
Bansal, M. et al., (2022). Southeast Asian Dipterocarp origin and diversification driven by Africa-India floristic interchange. Science 375:455-460.
Gatti et al., (2022). The number of tree species on Earth. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 119: e 2115329119
Shivaprakash, K.N., J.M. Rajanna, S.V. Gunaga, G.Ravikanth, R.Vasudeva, R. Uma Shaanker and S. Dayanandan (2022). The flooded habitat adaptation, niche differentiation, and evolution of Myristicaceae trees in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot in India. Biotropica. https://doi.org/10.1111/btp.13078
Kumara, M., S. Dayanandan, R. Vasudeva, G. Ravikanth and R. UmaShaanker (2022). Population Genetic Diversity of Dysoxylum binectariferum, an economically important tree species in the Western Ghats, India. In A. Kumar, B. Choudhury, S. Dayanandan and M.L.Khan (Eds). Molecular Genetics and Genomics Tools in Biodiversity Conservation. Springer Nature.
Barbhuiya, A.R., M.L. Khan and S. Dayanandan (2022). Molecular Phylogeny of Citrus species in the Eastern Himalayan Region of Northeast India based on Chloroplast and Nuclear DNA sequence data. In A. Kumar, B. Choudhury, S. Dayanandan and M.L.Khan (Eds). Molecular Genetics and Genomics Tools in Biodiversity Conservation. Springer Nature.
Kumar, A., B. Choudhury, S. Dayanandan and M.L.Khan (2022). Molecular Genetics and Genomics Tools in Biodiversity Conservation. Springer Nature.
Sachin, N., S. Palys, Di. F. Marcos, A. Tsang, P. Périnet, R. UmaShaanker and S. Dayanandan (2021). Isolation and characterization of Bacillus velezensis EB14, an endophytic bacterial strain antagonistic to poplar stem canker pathogen Sphaerulina musiva and its interactions with the endophytic fungal microbiome in poplars. PhytoFrontiers DOI:10.1094/PHYTOFR-10-20-0023-R
Sachin, N., A.Tsang, R. UmaShaanker and S. Dayanandan (2020). Genome Sequence Resource of Bacillus velezensis EB14, a native endophytic bacterial strain with biocontrol potential against the poplar stem canker causative pathogen, Sphaerulina musiva. Phytopathology DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO-09-20-0433-A
Zohner et al., (2020). Late-spring frost risk between 1959 and 2017 decreased in North America but increased in Europe and Asia. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1920816117
Sen, S., S. Dayanandan, T. Davis, R. Ganesan, M. R. Jagadish, P. J. Mathew and G. Ravikanth (2019). Origin and evolution of the genus Piper in Peninsular India. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 138:102-113
Steidinger, B.S., T. W. Crowther, J. Liang, M. E.Van Nuland, G. D. A. Werner, P. B. Reich et al., (2019). Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeographyof forest-tree symbioses. Nature 569:404
Mirzahosseinia, Z., L.Shabani, M. R. Sabzalian and S. Dayanandan (2019). Comparative physiological and proteomic analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana revealed differential wound stress responses following exposure to different LED light sources. Environmental and Experimental Botany.
Dar,J.A., K Subashree, S. Sundarapandian, P. Saikia, A.Kumar, P. K. Khare, S. Dayanandan, and M. L. Khan (2019). Invasive Species and Their Impact on TropicalForests of Central India: A Review. In. S. C. Garkoti et al. (eds.), TropicalEcosystems: Structure, Functions and Challenges in the Face of Global Change.Springer Nature.
Naik,S., R. UmaShaanker, G. Ravikanth and S. Dayanandan (2019).How and why do endophytes produce plant secondary metabolites? Symbiosis. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13199-019-00614-6
Shooner,S., J. Davies, P. Saikia, J. Deka, S, Bharali, O.P. Tripathi, L. Sinha, M.L.Khan and S. Dayanandan (2018). Phylogenetic diversity patterns in Himalayan forests reveal evidence for environmental filtering of distinct lineages. Ecosphere 00(00):e02157. 10.1002/ecs2.2157
Verma,S., J. A. Dar, D. Malasiya, P. K. Khare, S. Dayanandan and M. L. Khan(2018). A MODIS-based spatiotemporal assessment of agricultural residue burning in Madhya Pradesh, India. Ecological Indicators 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.04.042
Shivaprakash,N.,B. R. Ramesh, R. Umashaanker and S. Dayanandan(2018). Functional trait and community phylogenetic analyses reveal environmental filtering as the major determinant of assembly of tropical forest tree communities in the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot in India. Forest Ecosystems 5:25
Saikia,P, J. Deka, S. Bharali, Amit Kumar, O. P. Tripathi, L. B. Singha, S. Dayanandanand M. L. Khan (2017). Plant diversity patterns and conservation status ofeastern Himalayan forests in Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India. Forest Ecosystems 4:28
Nagachaitanya, B., M. Venkateshwarlu, S. Bourque, V. Reshmy, K. Santoshkumar, S. Dayanandan, S. Sameer, K. Chandrashekara (2017) Characterization of two novel antimicrobial peptides from the cuticular extracts of the ant Trichomyrmex criniceps (Mayr), (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 94:e21381
Barbhuiya, A., M. L. Khan and S. Dayanandan (2016). Genetic structure and diversity of natural and domesticated populations of Citrus medica in the Eastern Himalayan region of Northeast India. Ecology and Evolution 6:3898
Sen, S., N. Shivaprakash, N. A. Aravind, G. Ravikanth, and S. Dayanandan (2016). Ecological niche modeling for conservation planning of an endemic snail in the verge of becoming a pest in cardamom plantations in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot. Ecology and Evolution 6:6510
Bari, A., H. Khazaei, F. L. Stoddard, K. Street, M. J. Sillanpää. Y. P.Chaubey S. Dayanandan, D. T. F. Endresen, E. De Pauw and A. B. Damania (2016). In silico evaluation of plant genetic resources to search traits for adaptation to climate change. Climate Change, 134:667
Bari, A., A.B. Damania, M. Mackay and S. Dayanandan (2016). Applied Mathematics and Omics to Assess Crop Genetic Resources for Climate Change Adaptive Traits. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.
Dayanandan, S., and A. Bari (2016) .Developing Climate-Change Adaptive Crops to Sustain Agriculture in Dryland Systems through Applied Mathematics andGenomics. In: A. Bari, A.B. Damania, M. Mackay and S. Dayanandan (Eds.).Applied Mathematics and Omics to Assess Crop Genetic Resources for Climate Change Adaptive Traits. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.
Thomson, A., C.W. Dick, A. L. Pascoini and S. Dayanandan (2015). Despite introgressive hybridization, North American birches (Betula spp.) maintain strong differentiation at nuclear microsatellite loci. Tree Genetics & Genomes 11:101
Singh Shweta,B. R. Gurumurthy, M. M. Vasanthakumari, G. Ravikanth, S. Dayanandan, R. Storms, M. B. Shivanna and R. Uma Shaanker (2015). Endophyte fungal diversity in Nothapodytes nimmoniana along its distributional gradient in the Western Ghats, India: are camptothecine (anticancer alkaloid) producing endophytes restricted to specific clades? Current Science, 109:127
Thomson, A., C. Dick and S. Dayanandan (2015). A similar phylogeographical structure among sympatric North American birches (Betula) is better explained by introgression than by shared biogeographical history. Journal of Biogeography. 42:339
Wu, Z., J. Shi, M. Xi, F.Jiang, M. Deng and S. Dayanandan (2015). ISSR data reveals high genetic diversity in wild populations of narrowly distributed endemic lily, Lilium regale in the Minjiang river valley in China. PLoS ONE 10: e0118831
Choudhury, B., M.L.Khan and S. Dayanandan (2014) Genetic relatedness among traditionally cultivated rice ecotypes in the Eastern Himalayan region based on nucleotide sequences of the Waxy gene. BMC Research Notes 7:953
Ramesha, B. T., K.N.Shivaprakash, G. Ravikanth, S. Dayanandan and R. Uma Shaanker (2014) Genetic structure, diversity and long term viability of a medicinal plant, Nothapodytes nimmoniana (Icacinaceae), in protected and non-protected areas in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot.PLoS ONE 9(12): e112769
Choudhury, B., M.L.Khan and S. Dayanandan (2014). Patterns of Nucleotide Diversity and Phenotypes of Two Domestication Related Genes (OsC1 and Wx) in Indigenous Rice Varieties in Northeast India. BMC Genetics 15:71
Choudhury, B., M.L.Khanand S. Dayanandan (2014). Functional Androdioecy in Critically Endangered Gymnocladus assamicus (Leguminosae) inthe Eastern Himalayan Region of Northeast India. PLOS ONE 9:e87287
Moses, M., P. Umaharan and S. Dayanandan (2014) Microsatellite BasedAnalysis of the Genetic Structure andDiversity of Capsicum chinense in the Neotropics. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 61:741-755.
Choudhury, B., M.L.Khan andS. Dayanandan (2014) Genetic Characterization of Indigenous RiceVarieties in the Eastern Himalayan Region of Northeast India. Rice Science 21:90-98.
Sumangala R C, R.Umashaanker, S. Dayanandan, R. Vasudeva and G. Ravikanth (2013). Development of novel microsatellite markers for Saraca asoca, a medicinally important tree species in India. Journal of Genetics 92:c93.
Zhao, J., L. Zhang, S. Dayanandan, S. Nagaraju and Q. Li (2013). The Tertiary origin and Pleistocene diversification with restricted gene flow in Dragon Blood Tree (Dracaena cambodiana - Asparagaceae) populations in the Asian tropical forests. PLoS ONE 8(4): e60102
Choudhury,B., M.L.Khan and S. Dayanandan (2013). Genetic structure and diversity of indigenous rice (Oryza sativa) varieties in the Eastern Himalayan region of Northeast India. SpringerPlus 2:228.
Kornblatt M.J., R. J. Albert, S. Mattie, J. Zakaib, S. Dayanandan, P.J. Hanic-Joyce andP.B.M Joyce (2013). The Saccharomycescerevisiae enolase-related regions encode proteins that are active enolases. YEAST 30:55-69.
Bergmame, L., J.Huffman, R. Cole, S. Dayanandan, V. Tkach and D. McLaughlin (2011). Sphaeridotrema globulus and Sphaeridotrema pseudoglobulus (Digenea): Species differentiation based on mtDNA (barcode) and partial LSU-rDNA sequence. Journal of Parasitology. 97:1132-6
Locke, S.,D. McLaughlin, S. Dayanandan and D. Marcogliese (2010) Diversity and speciﬁcity in Diplostomum spp. metacercariae in freshwater ﬁshes revealed by cytochrome c oxidase I and internal transcribed spacer sequences. International Journal of Parasitology 40:333–343
2000 - 2009
Ramesha, B.T., R. Srirama, G. Ravikanth, K.V. Ravishankar, S.Dayanandan, N. Sreejayan, R. Vasudeva, K.N. Ganeshaiah, and R. Uma Shaanker (2009). Development of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Nothapodytes nimmoniana, a medicinally important tree from the Western Ghats, India. Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 365-367.
Marszalek, M., S. Dayanandan and E.J. Maly (2009). Phylogenyof the genus Hesperodiaptomus (Copepoda) based on nucleotide sequence data of the nuclear ribosomal gene. Hydrobiologia 624:61-69.
Brodeur, N., M. Noel, O. Venter, L. Bernatchez, S. Dayanandan and J. Grant (2008). No evidence of kin bias in dispersion of young-of-the-year Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) in anatural stream. Journal of Fish Biology73:2361-2370.
Hamzeh,M., C. Sawchyn, P. Périnet and S. Dayanandan (2007). Asymmetrical natural hybridization between Populus deltoides and P. balsamifera (Salicaceae). Canadian Journal of Botany 85:1227-1232
Lam, K.C., R. K.Ibrahim, B. Behdad and S. Dayanandan (2007). Structure, Function, and Evolution of Plant O-Methyltransferases. Genome,50:1001-1013.
Hamzeh, M., P. Périnet and S. Dayanandan 2006. Genetic relationships among species of Populus (Salicaceae) based on nuclear genomic data. Journal of the TorreyBotanical Society, 133:519-527
Boys, J., M. Cherry, S.Dayanandan 2005. Microsatellite analysis reveals genetically distinct populations of red pine (Pinus resinosa:Pinaceae). American Journal of Botany 92:833-841
Hamzeh, M., and S.Dayanandan 2004. Phylogeny of Populus (Salicaceae) based on nucleotide sequences of chloroplast trnT-trnF region and the nuclear rDNA. American Journal of Botany. 91:1398-1409.
Galazzo, D.E., S. Dayanandan, D.Marcogliese and J.D. McLaughlin. 2002. Molecular systematics of some North American species of Diplostomum (Digenea) based on rDNA sequence data and comparisons with European congeners. Canadian Journalof Zoology, 80:2207-2217.
Stacy, E.A., S.Dayanandan, B.P. Dancik, and P.D. Khasa. 2001. Microsatellite DNA markers for the Sri Lankan rainforest tree species, Shorea cordifolia (Dipterocarpaceae) and cross-species amplification in S. megistophylla. Molecular Ecology Notes, 1:A20
Rajora, O.P., M.H. Rahman, S. Dayanandan and A. Mosseler.2001. Isolation, characterization, inheritance and linkage of microsatellite DNA markers in white spruce (Picea glauca) and their usefulness in other spruce species. Molecular and General Genetics, 264:871-883.
Mohana, G.S., R. Uma Shaanker, K. N. Ganeshaiah, and S.Dayanandan. 2001. Genetic relationships among developing seeds and intra-fruit seed abortion in Dalbergia sissoo (Fabaceae). American Journal of Botany, 88:1181-1188.
Rahman, M.H., S. Dayanandan, and O. P.Rajora. 2000. Microsatellite DNA markers in Populus tremuloides. Genome, 43:293-297.
Dayanandan, S., P.S.Ashton, S.M. Williams, and R.B. Primack. 1999. Phylogeny of the tropical tree Family Dipterocarpaceae based on nucleotide sequences of the chloroplast rbcL gene. American Journal of Botany, 86:1182-1190.
Dayanandan, S., J. Dole, K.S. Bawa, and R.V. Kesseli. 1999. Population structure delineated with microsatellite markers in fragmented populations of a tropical tree, Carapa guianensis (Meliaceae). Molecular Ecology, 8:1585-1592.
Dayanandan, S., O.P.Rajora, and K.S. Bawa. 1998. Isolation and characterization of microsatellites in trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides). Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 96:950-956.
Sanchez-Azofeifa, G.A.,C. Quesada-Mateo, P. Gonzalez-Quesada, S. Dayanandan, and K.S. Bawa. 1999. Protected areas and conservation of biodiversity in the tropics. Conservation Biology,13:407-411
Morton, C.M., S.Dayanandan, and D. Dissanayake. 1999. Phylogeny and biosystematics of Pseudomonotes based on molecular and morphological data. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 216:197-205.
Dayanandan S., K.S.Bawa, and R.V. Kesseli. 1997. Conservation of microsatellites among tropical trees (Leguminosae). American Journal of Botany, 84:1658-1663.
Bawa, K.S. and S.Dayanandan. 1997. Climate change and tropical forest genetic resources. Climate Change, 39:473-485.
Bawa, K.S. and S.Dayanandan. 1997. Tropical deforestation: Causes and institutional constraints to conservation. In: B. Goldsmith (ed.) TropicalRainforest: A wider perspective. Chapman and Hall, England.
Bawa, K.S. and S. Dayanandan1997. Socio-economic factors and tropical deforestation. Nature, 386 (6625):562-563.
Chase, M. W., D.E.Soltis, R.G. Olmstead, D. Morgan, D.H. Les, B.D. Mishler, M.R. Duvall, R.Q. Price, H.G. Hills, Y.L. Qiu, K.A. Kron, J.H. Rettig,E. Conti, J.D. Palmer, J.R.Manhart, K.J. Sytsma, H.J. Michaels, W.J. Kress, K.G. Karol, W.D. Clark, M. Hedren, B.S. Gaut, R.K. Jansen, K.J. Kim, C.F. Wimpee,J.F. Smith, G.R. Furnier, S.H. Strauss, Q.Y. Xiang, G.M. Plunkett, P.S. Soltis, S. Swensen, S.E.Williams, P.A. Gadek, C.J. Quinn, L.E. Eguiarte, E. Golenberg, G.H. Learn, S.W.Graham, S.C.H. Barrett, S. Dayanandan, and V. Albert. 1993. Phyogenetics of seed plants: An analysis of nucleotide sequences from the plastid gene rbcL. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 80:528-580.
Dayanandan, S., D.N.C.Attygala, A.W.W.L. Abeygunasekera, I.A.U.N. Gunatilleke, and C.V.S.Gunatilleke. 1990. Phenology and floral morphology in relation to pollination of some Sri Lankan Dipterocarps. In:K.S. Bawa, and M. Hadley (eds.), Reproductive ecology of tropical forest plants, UNESCO, Man and Biosphere series Vol.7,pp.103-133. Parthenon Publishing group, Carnforth, England.