Megha N. Parajulee, PhD
Professor, Faculty Fellow, and Texas A&M University Regents Fellow, Lubbock, Texas, USA
Dr. Parajulee earned B.Sc. (Agri. Econ.) (1987) from Himachal Pradesh, India, and M.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1994) in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Parajulee joined Texas A&M University in 1994 as a cotton entomologist/research scientist and is serving as the Cotton Entomology Program Leader since 2001. Dr. Parajulee is a leader in cotton entomology research, teaching, and service, with an exemplary record of scientific research, publication, and delivery of pest management technologies to the producer clientele of Texas and beyond. He has authored/co-authored 95 refereed and over 350 non-refereed publications, organized several international invited symposia, and has presented 150 invited and 250 submitted papers. He is active internationally with plenary/keynote/special speaking roles in Egypt, China, India, Colombia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Brazil, and Ghana, and was also a Fulbright Senior Fellow in Nepal and Uzbekistan (2014). He received the Texas A&M Vice Chancellor's Award in Research Excellence (2008), Faculty Fellow Award (2009), Regents Fellow Award (2010), and Texas A&M Vice Chancellor's Award in Team Research (2015). He is a member of Entomological Society of America (ESA), including ESA International Branch President (2017), Society of Southwestern Entomologists (President, 2010), and Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA). He is also an editor of Journal of Insect Science.
Bharat Pokharel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Dr. Pokharel is a biometrician and applied statistician. He joined Tennessee State University in 2014 as an assistant professor of Applied Statistics. He is particularly interested in designing experiments and conducting observational studies in traditional and contemporary agricultural, environmental and biological inquiries, and managing and analyzing large array of data collected from control experimental designs, observational studies, and remote sensing techniques such as Landsat imagery and airborne LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) in SAS and R statistical computing environment. Dr. Pokharel has been involved with various community service projects that include school tree nursery project through forests without boarders (Canadian Institute of Forestry’s sponsored project in Nepal), and rebuilding school that was damaged by 2015 earthquake in Nepal through Nashville Nepalese Association (NNA), a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. He has published over two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, a book chapter, several non-peer reviewed articles, reports and proceedings, and over 50 conference abstracts/posters and invited talks. He was the recipient of “Tree of Life” award by the Canadian Institute of Forestry in 2013. He is an active member of Society of American Foresters (SAF) and Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF), and life member of Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA), Nepal Forester’s Association and Nepal Red Cross Society.
Pradeep Wagle, PhD
Research Ecologist, USDA-ARS, Grazinglands Research Laboratory, El Reno, Oklahoma, USA
Dr. Wagle, Research Ecologist at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grazinglands Research Laboratory, El Reno, OK, is an internationally recognized scientist on biosphere-atmosphere interactions, carbon and water cycles of terrestrial ecosystems, and remote sensing of vegetation as documented in nearly 50 SCI indexed peer-reviewed articles in various journals of Meteorology, Ecosystems/Ecology, Climate Change, and Remote Sensing. He received his Ph.D. in Crop Science from Oklahoma State University (OSU), USA in 2013. He serves as an Editorial Board Member for the Remote Sensing Journal. He worked as a guest editor for Sustainability and Remote Sensing Journals. He is a reviewer for myriad professional journals. For his exceptional research and professional achievements, Dr. Wagle received Certificate of Merits/Outstanding Performance Awards from the USDA for FYs 2017 and 2018. As a member of graduate faculty, he also supervises/mentors graduate students at OSU.
Prem Bhandari, PhD
Social Demographer, University of Michigan
Dr. Bhandari a Social Demographer at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. He holds Ph.D. (Rural Sociology and Demography) from Pennsylvania State University, USA (2006). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal. His major research interests include social research methods; socio-economic and cultural determinants of migration, fertility, and population health; rural social change; population and environment; and sociology of agriculture. He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented dozens of papers in scientific conferences. He is an occasional reviewer of over a dozen of peer-reviewed journals and is the Editorial Board member of International Journal of Women's health and Wellness and International Advisory Board member of Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology in Nepal. He is a member of Population Association of Americas (PAA), American Sociological Association (ASA), Population Association of Nepal (PAN) and Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA).
Kalidas Subedi, PhD
Project Lead, Pest Management Centre Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Dr. Subedi has specialized in crop physiology and plant nutrition. He has over 25 years of professional experience in research, technology transfer and projects management. Dr. Subedi is working with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at various capacities including Project Coordinator and Project Lead/Study Director. He has also worked as Senior Scientist/Program Officer in various organizations in Nepal including the Department of Agriculture, Lumle Agriculture Centre and Sustainable Soil Management Program. He has earned his Ph.D. and Master's degrees from the University of Reading, UK and B.Sc. (Hons.) Ag from Haryana Agricultural University. Dr. Subedi has published over 60 research papers in leading international journals, books and book chapters, over 100 technical papers, manuals and proceedings. He has served as an Editor of several books and Proceedings, and reviewed numerous manuscripts for Crop Science, Agronomy Journal, Plant and Soil, Field Crop Research, Journal of Experimental Botany and others. Dr. Subedi is a recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions including “Prince Dipendra Youth Science and Technology Award” from Nepal Academy of Science and Technology.
Chakra Budhathoki, PhD
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Dr. Budhathoki is an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He holds a Ph.D. (Forest Biometrics, Statistics) from Oklahoma State University, USA, and a Master’s degree from England. His previous academic and professional experience involved Harvard School of Public Health, Saint Louis University and University of Colorado, and several institutions in Nepal, including Tribhuvan University. He teaches biostatistics courses in graduate programs at Johns Hopkins. He also provides biostatistical consultation service to investigators at the school, and serves on doctoral dissertation committees. Dr. Budhathoki conducts collaborative healthcare research as a co-investigator on several federally funded grants. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles. He serves as an editorial board member of a nursing research journal, and has been a reviewer for several healthcare journals. He is a member of American Statistical Association, International Biometric Society, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta and Xi Sigma Pi.
Jagadish Timsina, PhD
Honorary Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia and Adjunct Professor, Agriculture & Forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal
Dr. Timsina is systems agronomist specialising on crop and soil management, conservation agriculture based sustainable cropping systems intensification, farmer-participatory research and extension, and crop systems modelling. He has worked with University of Melbourne (UM), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), IRRI, CIMMYT and Tribhuvan University (Nepal) for about 40 years in Australia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and the Philippines. Currently, he is an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at UM, Adjunct Professor at Agriculture and Forestry University (Nepal), Senior Consultant with CIMMYT, and an editorial advisory board member of Agricultural Systems Journal and Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He is dedicated to applied, problem-solving, and community-driven innovation systems research and development critical to achieve SDGs on reducing hunger and poverty.
Uma Karki, PhD
Professor and State Extension Livestock Specialist Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama
Dr. Uma Karki got her Ph.D. in Forage and Grazing Land Ecology from Auburn University, Master's degree in Animal Science from the University of Western Australia, and B.Sc. in Animal Science and Veterinary Science degrees from Tribhuvan University. Dr. Karki's research and Extension work focus on promoting the sustainable livestock production system with special concentrations on 1) sustainable year-round forage production and grazing/browsing management, 2) integrated management of diseases and parasites in small ruminants, and 3) sustainable agroforestry systems to promote efficient land management and diversified income opportunities to sustain small- and mid-size farms. She has presented numerous research and extension papers in various national, international, and local conferences, meetings, and training events. Her research and extension work are published in different journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, training handbooks, research highlights, magazines, and many other outlets. She has edited two training handbooks and authored seven chapters in those handbooks. She is a member of American Society of Animal Science, member and president-elect of Association for Temperate Agroforestry (AFTA), vice chair of 1890 Agroforestry Consortium, and a member of several other professional organizations and honor societies. She has received Agroforestry Early Career Award (AFTA 2017), 1890 Excellence in Extension Award (Association of Extension Administrators, 2015), and Outstanding Faculty Performance Award for Service (Tuskegee University, 2013).
Krishna P. Paudel, PhD
Gilbert Durbin Endowed Professor, Louisiana State University (LSU) and LSU Agricultural Center
Dr. Paudel is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Louisiana State University. Dr. Paudel is also a visiting professor at South China Ag University and Sichuan Agricultural University, China. Dr. Paudel has taught several graduate and undergraduate level classes in Environmental and Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics and Econometrics. He has published articles in major agricultural economics referred journals, published many abstracts and proceeding articles, and presented several papers in national and international meetings. His research interests are in the areas of agricultural economics, development economics, nonpoint source pollution, nonmarket valuations, water resource economics, sustainability, and dynamic modeling. He is president of Southern Agricultural Economics Association (2019-2020) and associate editor of two SCI journals: Natural Resource Modeling and Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.
Ananta Acharya, PhD
Research Scientist (Corteva Agriscience)
Dr. Acharya is research scientist in Corteva Agriscience. Dr. Acharya's research interests are use of Bioinformatics and computaional biloogy in Agriculture, esp. crop improvement. He has experience in working plant breeding, genetics, genomics and computational biology while in academia and while working in the agriculture industry. He has published multiple peer-reviewed articles in the field of plant breeding, genomics and bioinformatics.
- Horticulture, ecosystems and ecology research: Dr. Pradeep Wagle
- Plant and soil sciences: Dr. Jagadish Timsina and Dr. Kalidas Subedi
- Animal Science: Dr. Uma Karki
- Forestry, Biometrics and applied statistics: Dr. Bharat Pokharel and Dr. Chakra Budhathoki
- Agricultural economics and social sciences: Dr. Prem Bhandari and Dr. Krishna Paudel
- Plant breeding, genetics, and biotechnology: Dr. Ananta Acharya
- Plant protection (entomology and plant pathology): Dr. Megha N. Parajulee