Rajendra Panda

Dr. Panda joined the lab in July 2023

Rajendra Mohan Panda | MPhil | PhD

Postdoctoral Associate | Dept of Integrative Biology | University of South Florida 6623122503 | rmp.iit.kgp@gmail.com | Tampa | FL 33620

A PhD in Environmental Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT KGP) and Postdoctoral experiences from IIT KGP, the University of Georgia, Mississippi State University and University of South Florida. A multidisciplinary researcher with extensive experience in biodiversity, gradient pattern analysis, climate change predictions, invasive risk assessments, interactive mapping, algorithm development, ecological modeling and monitoring. Exemplary career record of manuscript preparation within critical deadlines. Authored a book “Plant Ecology of Indian Himalaya” and published thirteen journal articles, six GitHub repositories and two R-Shiny Apps. Collaborated with faculties, fellows, and students to interpret results, support projects and publications. A Co-PI of an International Project. Experience in mentoring and teaching Master and PhD students. Strong software skills in R, ArcGIS and STAN. Mastered spatiotemporal ecological modeling: Species distribution modeling, Bayesian modeling, structural equation modeling etc. Offering hands-on experience in supporting research efforts and completing independent projects. Highly-motivated employee with desire to take on new challenges and exceptional interpersonal skills. Adept at working effectively unsupervised and quickly mastering new skills.

Technical Skills

· Large-data analytics · Data Interpretation skills · Multivariate statistics · Bayesian modeling · Species distribution modeling · Machine learning Applications · Web-based map development in R-Shiny Apps

Professional Skills

· Teaching and mentoring Masters’ and PhD students · Work independently and in team environment · Networking and Collaboration · Grant-writing · Project management · Technical-writing · Lab management · Conference management · Multidisciplinary research



Research Interests

· Biodiversity · Large-data analytics · Spatial ecology · Community Ecology · Species Distribution Modelling · Disease Modeling · Bayesian Statistics · Machine Learning · Algorithm Development · R-Apps and Packages Development