John Perumal
John Perumal, Ph.D.
Chair, Professor of Biology


  • Ph.D., Eco-Physiology, University of Western Ontario, Canada, 1994
  • Master's degree, Plant Physiology, Pune University, India, 1984
  • Bachelor's degree, Biology, Spicer Memorial College, India, 1978

Principal Research Interests

Dr. John Perumal centers his research work in the area of plant ecology and physiology and deals with looking at the ecological responses of plants to various physiological conditions. He also works with mycorrhizal associations amongst native California grasses and Mohave Desert plants. He utilizes both laboratory and field methods to address questions concerning the eco-physiology of plant populations and communities. Dr. Perumal has also worked on various medicinal plants, which resulted in the recent publication of "Natural Remedies Made Simple," a book he co-authored with Dr. Joy Kurian, the current dean of science at Asia-Pacific International University.

Research Area: 

    • Ecophysiology of Native Plants
    • Mycorrhizal Interactions
    • Environmental Issues

      Phone: 951-785-2482


      • Biology Teacher of the Year, 2004
      • Adviser of the Year for College of Arts and Sciences, 2005-2006
      • "Golden Broom Award," city of Riverside, for his involvement with Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful and his services as a member of the Mayor's Green Task Force for Riverside

      Representative Publications

      1. Perumal J. (2013) “A Christian Approach to the Environment,” book chapter in “Worldviews and Christian Education” by Warren Shipton Trafford Publishing, Singapore.
      2. Perumal J. and Kurian, J. (2013) “Natures Remedies Made simple,” published at Srivatana Press, Bangkok, Thailand.
      3. Perumal J. (2011) “Environmental Stewardship” The Scriptor, Asia-Pacific International University, Muak Lek, Thailand.
      4. Perumal J.V. and M.A. Maun. (2006) Eco-physiological response of some species to experimental burial under field and controlled conditions. Plant Ecology, Vol. 184, 89-104