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Roshan Man Bajracharya, PhD
 

Current Address: P.O. Box 6250 Kathmandu, NEPAL
E-mail address: rmbajku.edu.np
Phone/Fax.: +977-11-661399; +977-11-661443

KEY QUALIFICATIONS & PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

Extensive research experience in the fields of agricultural intensification, soil and water conservation, soil crusting and erosion/modeling, land use and management, soil carbon dynamics, and carbon sequestration in relation to climate change. Work experience (research and teaching) in the U.S.A., India and Nepal. Management and coordination of international collaborative projects with other universities and international organizations. Research interests on various aspects of environment: climate change impacts on environment, agriculture and sustainable production, soil and water conservation, land management, soil carbon dynamics and sequestration as related to climate change, soil genesis and morphology, soil bio-physics and soil quality.

EDUCATION

1995 Ph.D. Soil Science – The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA [Dissertation: Soil Crusting and Erosion Processes on an Alfisol in South-Central India]
1990 M.Sc. Agronomy – The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA [Thesis: The Interrill Erodibility of Five Ohio Soils as Influenced by Soil Properties and Seasonal K-variation for a Miamian Silt Loam]
1988 B.Sc. (Cum Laude), Agriculture – soil and water conservation, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
1983-85 B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematics – Delhi University; no degree obtained

POSITIONS HELD

2011-date
Professor, Dept. of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kathmandu University, Dulikhel, Kavre, Nepal. Teaching and research in the fields of environment, agricultural practices, soil & water conservation, land use & management, global climate change. Management and coordination of several international collaborative research and academic exchange projects with Universities in Norway, UK, Germany, China, Pakistan & Afghanistan.
2005-2011
Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kathmandu University, Dulikhel, Kavre, Nepal. Teaching and research in the fields of environment, agricultural practices, soil & water conservation, land use & management, global climate change. Management and coordination of several international collaborative research and academic exchange projects with Universities in Norway, UK, Germany, China, Pakistan & Afghanistan.
2001-2005
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences and Environmental Science, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal. Teaching and research in the fields of Environment, Soil, Water & Land Use/Management. Developed and procured international grant-funded projects in Environment, Agriculture and related socio-economic aspects.
1998-2001
Freelance consultant, Kathmandu, Nepal. Worked on several assignments with: Bagmati Integrated Watershed Mgmt. Programme (HMG Nepal/EU); Sustainable Soil Mgmt. Programme, SDC; and Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology.
1995-1998
Post-doctoral Research Associate, The Ohio State University, School of Natural Resources; Research related to soil carbon sequestration, CO2 evolution and global climate change.
1988-1995 Graduate Research Associate, Dept. of Agronomy, The Ohio State Univ., Research and teaching in various aspects of soils (soil physics, erosion, modelling, soil tillage & management).
1987-1988 Research Assistant, Dept. of Agronomy, Kansas State Univ.; Laboratory & field work related to soil survey, pesticide movement in soil and soil chemical/mineralogical analyses.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  1. Bajracharya, R.M. and D.P. Sherchan. 2009. Fertility status and dynamics of soils in the Nepal Himalaya: A review and analysis. Book chapter, in Press, Nova Publishers, New York, USA.
  2. Atreya, K., Sharma, S., Bajracharya, R.M. and Rajbhandari, N.P. 2008. Developing a sustainable agro-system for central Nepal using reduced tillage and straw mulching. Journal of Environmental Management. 88(3):547-555.
  3. Tiwari, K.R., Sitaula, B.K., Bajracharya, R.M. and Borresen, T. 2008. Runoff and soil loss responses to rainfall, land use, terracing and management practices in the Middle Mountains of Nepal. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B – Soil and Plant Sciences (publ. on-line) June 2008, P. 1-11.
  4. Dahal, B.M., Sitaula, B.K. and Bajracharya, R.M. 2007. Sustainable agricultural intensification for livelihood and food security in Nepal. Asian J. Water, Environ. & Poll. 5(2): 1-12.
  5. Bajracharya, R.M., S. Sharma, B.K. Sitaula and A. Jeng. 2007. Soil Quality in the Nepalese Context: An analytical Review. Int'l. Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences 33(2-3): 143-158.
  6. Bajracharya, R.M., and Atreya, K. 2007. Carbon sequestration in upland farming systems of the Nepal mid-hills. Paper presented at the National Conference on Environment, Tribhuvan University, June 22-24, Kathmandu Nepal.
  7. Shrestha, B.M., Singh, B.R., Sitaula, B.K., Lal, R., Bajracharya, R.M. 2007. Soil aggregate- and particle-associated organic carbon under different land uses in Nepal. SSSAJ 71(4):1194-1203, publ. on line June 8, 2007.
  8. Atreya, K., Sharma, S., Bajracharya, R.M. and Rajbhandari, N.P. 2007. Developing a sustainable agro-system for central Nepal using reduced tillage and straw mulching. Journal of Environmental Management, accepted March '07.
  9. Dahal, B.M., Sitaula, B.K., Sharma, S., and Bajracharya, R.M. 2007. Effects of agricultural intensification on the quality of rivers in rural watersheds of Nepal. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment, 5(1):84-90.
  10. Tiwari, K.R., B.K. Sitaula, T. Boressen, and R.M. Bajracharaya. 2006. Assessment of soil quality in Pokhare Khola watershed of the Middle Mountains in Nepal. Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, 14(3&4):276-283.
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