Nishanth Tharayil

Associate Professor
Plant Ecophysiology, Weed Ecology


Nishanth TharayilEmail: ntharay@clemson.edu
Office: 864-656-4453

Department:
School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences

Location:
120 Biosystems Research Complex
105 Collins Street
Clemson, SC 29634-0310


Education:
Postdoctoral Fellow, United States Dept. of Agriculture, Parlier, CA
PhD, Plant & Soil Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2008
MSc, Agronomy, G.B.P.U.A. & T. Pantnagar, India

Responsibilities:
Research: The broad research interest of the lab is in plant ecophysiology with primary aim of understanding the role of various plant metabolites in facilitating biogeochemical processes and organismal interactions at the plant-soil interface.

Plant Ecophysiology Lab: http://people.clemson.edu/~ntharay/index.htm (Scroll to bottom of page for clickable link.)

Director, Multi-User Analytical Laboratory: Develop and optimize various chromatographic and mass-spectrometric techniques for the analysis of samples from various research projects across the university, and to train graduate and undergraduate students in the use and operation of various analytical instruments.

Multi-User Analytical Lab: http://people.clemson.edu/~ntharay/mual/ (Scroll to bottom of page for clickable link.)

Publications:
REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS:
Complete publication list at 'ORCiD' (link at the bottom of this page)

Suseela V., Tharayil N., B. Xing, and J. S. Dukes. Warming and drought differentially influence the resorption of elemental and metabolic nitrogen pools in Quercus rubra. Global Change Biology (In Press)

Wang J., Tharayil N., Chow A.T.,Suseela V., Zeng H. 2015. Phenolic profile within the fine root branching orders of an evergreen species highlights a disconnect in root tissue quality predicted by elemental- and molecular-level carbon composition. New Phytologist 206: 1261–1273.
HIGHLIGHTED as New Phytologist Editors’ Choice by Dr. Richard Norby; http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1469-8137/homepage/editors_choice.htm

Freese D; Tharayil N.; Preston C.; Gerard P.2015. Catalytic kinetics and activation energy of soil peroxidases across ecosystems of differing lignin chemistries. Biogeochemistry. 124: 113-129.

Tamura, M. Tharayil, N. 2014. Plant litter chemistry and microbial priming regulate the accrual, composition and stability of soil carbon in invaded ecosystems. New Phytologist. 203(1):110-24.
ASSOCIATED COMMENTARY by Dr. Mathew E. Dornbush- http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nph.12837/full

Suseela V., Tharayil N., B. Xing, and J. S. Dukes. 2014. Warming alters potential enzyme activity but precipitation regulates chemical transformations in grass litter exposed to simulated climatic changes. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 75. 102-112

Suseela, V., Tharayil, N., Xing, B., Dukes, J. S. 2013. Labile compounds in plant litter reduce the sensitivity of decomposition to warming and altered precipitation. New Phytologist. 200: 122-133

Tharayil, N., Alpert, P, Bhowmik, P.C., Gerard, P. 2013. Phenolic inputs by invasive species could impart seasonal variations in nitrogen pools in the introduced soils: a case study with Polygonum cuspidatum. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 57: 858–867

Triebwasser, D; Tharayil, N.; Preston, C. Gerard, P. 2012. The susceptibility of soil enzymes to inhibition by leaf litter tannins is dependent on the tannin chemistry, enzyme class and vegetation history. New Phytologist. 196: 1122-1132.

Tharayil, N.; Suseela, V.; Triebwasser, D. J.; Preston, C.M.; Gerard, P.; Dukes, J. 2011. Changes in the structural composition and reactivity of Acer rubrum leaf litter tannins exposed to warming and altered precipitation: climatic-stress-induced tannins are more reactive. New Phytologist. 191: 132-145.


Courses:
TEACHING:
PLPA 8090 - Analytical Techniques (alternate Spring)
BOT 8240 - Plant Growth Regulators (alternate Spring)
CSENV 4090/6090 - Biology of Invasive Plants (Fall)
BIOSC 4940 - Creative Inquiry: Linking Plant Invasion to Climate Change

Website/Publications:
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6866-0804
http://people.clemson.edu/~ntharay/index.htm
http://people.clemson.edu/~ntharay/mual/