Nishan Bhattarai

Postdoctoral fellow under the Agriculture, Forests and Biodiversity Program


Nishan is a postdoctoral fellow at CIERP under the Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity (AFB) Program. He is working with Dr. Avery Cohn and utilizing remotely sensed techniques to study the crop-climate interactions in the tropical agriculture systems. His background is in GIS- based modeling and remote sensing applications in forest, agriculture, and hydrological systems. He has keen interests in understanding the nexus of water, climate change, surface energy fluxes, vegetation dynamics, and land use and land cover changes in the Earth system. He recently finished his PhD in Environmental Resources Engineering from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY in 2015. He also holds MS from Auburn University, AL and a BS from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, both in forestry. Nishan also has a brief experience of working with WWF-US in Washington, DC, as a summer intern in 2013. In addition, he participated and volunteered in several environmental restoration projects throughtout the State of Washington with a Seattle-based non-profit, EarthCorps, in 2007. Currently, as a CIERP research fellow, Nishan hopes to develop remote-sensing based tools to improve our understandings of the climate change and deforestation impacts on the agricultural systems and ways to mitigate such impacts.

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