Prof Kottapalli Sreenivasa Rao was born in 1958 and obtained his Masters from Saurashtra University, Rajkot. Dr Rao obtained his Ph. D. degree from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong in 1987 on the topic Eco-physiological attributes of Bamboo forests in successional communities in North-Eastern India.
Prof Rao served G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Kosi-Almora, U.A. from 1989 to 2003 at various positions as Scientist. He joined as Reader in the Center for Inter-disciplinary Studies of Mountain and Hill Environment, University of Delhi and remained there up to August 2008 before joining the Department of Botany, University of Delhi. He was Head of this department till 2020.
Prof Rao is member of various societies and served the journal VEGETOS as Associate Editor during the term 2018-2020. His fields of major interest are Carbon sequestration, abiotic stress and climate change, soil and water conservation, Plant nutrition, Ecosystem analysis etc.