Deutsch Intern
Junior professorship of Geoarchaeology and Quaternary Research

Dr. Showkat MIR

Tel.: +49 931 31-85413
Fax: +49 931 31-85544

Institute of Geography and Geology
Am Hubland
97074 Wuerzburg

Campus Hubland South
Geography Building
Room 226

  • Phytoliths, Grass systematics
  • Vegetation reconstruction
  • Paleoenvironmental research
  • Ecological role of phytoliths in grasses  
  • Kashmir Himalayas

Studying Uplift driven Diversification of the Himalayas during the Late Quaternary using Multi-proxy Data (SUD-HUMD)

  • funding
    Humboldt Foundation; Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers
  • duration
    08/2022 - 07/2024
  • project leader
    Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Meister
  • project staff
    Dr. Showkat Mir
  • project partner
    Prof. Dr. Reyaz Ahmad Dar (Department of Earth Sciences, University of Kashmir)
    Prof. Dr. Irfan Rashid (Department of Botany, University of Kashmir)

since 08/2022
Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Physical Geography, University of Würzburg

11/2021 - 06/2022
Junior Research Fellow, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir 

Doctorate at the Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India. Thesis: Ecological studies on phytoliths of some grasses in Kashmir Himalaya

2016 – 2018
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biotechnology Science and Technology, Government of India

2015 - 2016
Junior Research Fellow, Department of Biotechnology Science and Technology, Government of India

07/2009 - 08/2013        
Master of Philosophy in Botany, from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India

04/2004 - 12/2008    
Bachelor of Science in Botany, University of Kashmir, India

born 08/1986

Qader, W.; Mir, S.; Meister, J.; Dar, R.A.; Madella, M.; Rashid, I. (2023): Sedimentological perspective on phytolith analysis in palaeoecological reconstruction. Earth-Science Reviews, 244, 104549

Wani, A.H; Mir, S.H.; Kumar, S; Malik, M.A; Sumira Tyub, S; Rashid, I. (2022): Silicon en route - from loam to leaf. Plant Growth Regulations,

Malik, M. A., Wani, A. H., Mir, S. H., Rehman, I. U., Tahir, I., Ahmad, P., Rashid, I. (2021). Elucidating the role of Si in drought stress. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 165, 187-195.

Mir, S.H., Assad, R., War, A.F., Rashid, I., Reshi, Z.A. (2021). Artemisia amygdalina Decne: A rich repository of pharmacologically vital phytoconstituents. Academic Press. Phytomedicine 409-425.

Assad, R., Reshi, Z.A., Mir, S.H., Rashid, I., Shouche, Y., Dhotre, D. (2021). Bioprospecting appraisal of Himalayan pindrow fir for pharmacological applications. Academic Press. Phytomedicine 461-482.

Assad, R., Reshi, Z.A., Rashid, I., Mir, S.H. (2020) Restoration of heavy metal-contaminated environs through ectomycorrhizal symbiosis. Springer, Cham Bioremediation and Biotechnology 4, 313-330.

Assad, R., Bashir, I., Rafiq, I., Sofi, I.A., Mir, S.H., Reshi, Z.A., Rashid, I. (2020) Global scenario of remediation techniques to combat pesticide pollution. Academic Press. Agricultural Waste 69-97.

Rashid, I., Mir, S. H., Zurro, D., Dar, R. A. Reshi, Z. A. (2019). Phytoliths as proxies of the past Earth-Sciences Reviews 194, 234-250.

Mir, S. H., Rashid, I., Hussain, B., Reshi, Z. A., Assad, R., Sofi, I. A. (2019). Silicon Supplementation of Rescuegrass Reduces Herbivory by a Grasshopper Frontiers in Plant Science 10, 671.

Adhikari, D., Mir, S. H., Kaloo, Z. A., Barik, S. K. (2014) Inventory and characterization of new populations through ecological niche modelling improve threat assessment. Current Science 3(3), 10-24.

Shakoor, S. A. Bhat, M. A., Mir, S. H., Soodan, A. S. (2014). Investigations into phytoliths as diagnostic markers for the grasses (Poaceae) of Punjab. Universal Journal of Plant Science2(6), 107-122. DOI: 10.13189/ ujps.2014.020602

Shakoor, S. A. Bhat, M. A., Mir, S. H. (2014). Phytoliths in plants: A review. Research & Reviews: Journal of Botanical Sciences. 3(3) 10-24. hal-03638179

  • Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India
  • Pyrenees Institute of Ecology, Spain
  • Superior Council of Scientific Investigations, Spain
  • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India   
  • Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, Lucknow, India
  • Department of Botany, University of Calcutta, India

  • 2018: Qualified Jammu and Kashmir State Eligibility Test (JKSET), University Grants Commission
  • 2018: Qualified National Eligibility Test (NET), Joint Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and University Grants Commission