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Bharat Pokharel, Ph.D.


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Education

Ph.D. in Forest Science (Forest Biometrics): Michigan Technological University, Houghton MI 49931 (2004 - 2008)
Dissertation: A Critical Evaluation of Diameter Increment Modelling in the Great Lakes Region
Major Advisor: Dr. Robert E. Froese; Ph.D. Committee Members: Dr. David D. Reed, Dr. Christopher R. Wesbter, and Dr. Martyn R. Smith

Bachelor of Science (Forestry) with First Class Honours: Australian National University (ANU), Canberra ACT 0200, Australia (1995 - 1998)
Honours Thesis: Use of GIS and Modelling to Determine the Site Productivity of an Uneven-aged Forest
Major Advisors: Dr. Brian Turner and Dr. Cris Brack


Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow (2009 - present)
Department of Biology and Chemistry, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario P1B 8L7 Canada

Postdoctoral Research Scientist (2008 - 2009)
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES), Michigan Technological University, Houghton MI 49931

Research Assistant (2004 - 2008)
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES), Michigan Technological University, Houghton MI 49931

Program Officer (2002 - 2004)
Terai Arc Landscape Program, World Wildlife Fund Nepal Program, Kathmandu, Nepal

Project Manager (2001 - 2002)
Sagarmatha Community Agro-Forestry Proejct, World Wildlife Fund Nepal Program, Kathmandu, Nepal

Project Field Officer (1999 - 2001)
Sagarmatha Community Agro-Forestry Proejct, World Wildlife Fund Nepal Program, Kathmandu, Nepal

Data Collection and Research Assistant (Summer 1996)
Student Summer Employment Scheme, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Ranger (1993 - 1994)
Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area Project, The Mountain Institute, Kathmandu, Nepal


Research Interest

- Forest growth simulation modelling
- Quantitative silviculture
- Forest resources assessment and monitoring
- Site productivity evaluation
- Ecological Land Classification - Ecosites
- Forest inventory
- Carbon sequestration
- Biofuels
- Impact of global climate change on natural resources
- Uncertainty, error propagation, and error-budget analysis


Peer-reviewed Publications

Dech, J.P.; Mayhew-Hammond, S.; James, A. and B. Pokharel 2014. Modeling Canada yew (Taxus canadensis Marsh.) distribution and abundance in the boreal forest of northeastern Ontario, Canada. Ecological Indicators, 36: 48-58.

Pokharel, B.; J.P. Dech and P. Uhlig 2012. A Tool for Converting Forest Ecosystem Classifications for Permanent or Temporary Growth Plots into the New Provincial Ecological Land Classification (ELC) System in the Boreal Regions of Ontario. The Forestry Chronicle, 88(1): 49-59.

Pokharel, B. and J. P. Dech 2012. Mixed-effects Basal Area Increment Models for Tree Species in the Boreal Forest of Ontario, Canada Using an Ecological Land Classification Approach to Incorporate Site Effects. Forestry, 85(2): 255-270.

Pokharel, B. and J.P. Dech 2011. An Ecological Land Classification Approach to Modeling the Production of Forest Biomass. The Forestry Chronicle, 87(1): 23-32.

Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2009. Representing Site Productivity in the Basal Area Increment Model for FVS-Ontario. Forest Ecology and Management, 258(5): 657-666.

Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2008. Evaluating Alternative Implementations of the Lake States FVS Diameter Increment Model. Forest Ecology and Management, 255(5-6): 1759-1771.


Other Publications

Pokharel, B. and J.P. Dech 2013. Improving Volume and Value Estimates for Boreal Tree Species Using Enhanced Forest Inventory Data and Decision Support Tools. Final Technical Report. Submitted to Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, ON p27

Dech, J.P.; Pokharel, B. and M. Bowman 2012. Linking Wood Fibre Attributes to Ecological Land Classification in the Boreal Forest of Ontario. Final Technical Report. Submitted to Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, ON p30

Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese. 2009. Timber inventory plot design project: Final report. Submitted to Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lansing, Michigan p22.

Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese. 2009. Timber inventory plot design project: Field manual. Submitted to Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lansing, Michigan p31.

Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2008. Why is the Performance of the Lake States Variant of FVS so Poor? Poster Presented at 6th Annual Forest and Wildlife Research Review Meeting, January 16, 2008, University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota.

Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2007. Evaluating alternative base functions for modelling diameter increment in Ontario. Report submitted to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario, Canada p79 (including appendices).

Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2007. Analysis of Diameter Growth Engines Used in FVS Variants. Poster Presented at The Third Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) Conference, February 13-15, 2007, USDA Forest Service, Forest Management Service Center, Fort Collins Colorado. Merit Award (Second Place)

Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2006. Validation of the Diameter Increment Model of the Lake States Variant of the Forest Vegetation Simulator (LS-FVS) Using Michigan Forest Inventory and Analysis Data. Presented at the Western Mensurationists' Meeting, June 18-20, 2006, Fortuna, California.

Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2006. Single-tree, aspatial diameter increment models: literature review and analysis. Report submitted to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario, Canada p45

Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2006. Validation, evaluation or evolution of diameter increment models in the Lake States FVS model family: an annotated bibliography. School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan p15

Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2006. Is the Diameter Increment Model of the Lake States Variant of FVS Unbiased? Poster Presented at Ecosystem Science Center Annual Graduate Research Forum, Michigan Technological University. Merit Award (Grand Prize, $500 and a Plaque).

Pokharel, B.and R.E. Froese 2006. Validation of Diameter Increment Model of the Lake States Variant of the Forest Vegetation Simulator Using Michigan Forest Inventory and Analysis Data. Poster Presented at 5th Annual Forest and Wildlife Research Review Meeting, January 11, 2006, University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota.


Courses taught

Instructor
Principles of Ecology (BIOL 2446) - Fall 2012
Biostatistics (BIOL 3117) - Fall 2012
Forests and Global Warming (BIOL 4506) - Spring 2011/2012/2013
Nipissing University, North Bay, ON P1B 8L7 Canada

Measuring Forest Resources (FW2050/FW5030) Fall 2005
SFRES, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931 USA

Lab Instructor
Community Ecology (BIOL 3437) (Lab) Spring 2010/2012
Techniques in Forest Ecology and Management (BIOL 2346) (Lab) Fall 2009/2010/2011
Nipissing University, North Bay, ON P1B 8L7 Canada


Research Grants

Dech, J. P.; B. Pokharel and F. Pinto. Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra) Swamp Stand Dynamics and the Assessment of Flooded Jellyskin (Leptogium rivulare) Potential Habitat Quality in the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Forest Region. Submitted to Species At Risk Fund for Ontario (SARFO). Partner Organizations: Nipissing University, The Nipissing Naturalists Club, The Friends of Mashkinonje Provincial Park and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. 2012-2013, CA$43,252 (declined).

Pokharel, B. (Dech, J. P. - Proposed Supervisor; Nipissing University - Host Institute). Modelling Woody Biomass Productivity and Ensuring the Long-term Supply of This Bioproduct in Ontario. NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council) Banting Fellowship, 2011-2012, CA$140,000 (declined).

Froese, R.E. and B. Pokharel. Scoping for permanent plot design for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources, 3-6/2009, US$24,851 (declined).

Pokharel, B. (R. E. Froese - Sponsoring Scientist). Different means to different ends: Comparing biofuel feedstocks against acceptable environmental, social and economic performance levels. World Wildlife Fund, 2009-2010, US$135,000 (finalist).

Pokharel, B. and R. E. Froese. Quantifying ecosystem productivity: A comparative analysis of two approaches used and exploration of an alternative method. Graduate Research Grant, Ecosystem Science Center, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, 2005-2008, US$750 (awarded).

Community Services/Scholarly Involvements

Professional Memberships
Membership coordinator, Algonquin Section of Canadian Institute of Forestry (2011-present)
Chair, Algonquin Section of Canadian Institute of Forestry (2012)
Active Member, Canadian Institute of Forestry (2010-present)
Life Member, Nepal Forester's Association (since 2002)
Life Member, Nepal Red Cross Soceity (since 2013)

Community Services
- Volunteer for Forests without Borders (Charity organization within Canadian Institute of Forestry): Current project: "Sustainable
community development through trees for school supplies initiative in Nepal" (Collaborators - Clarke, W. and Pinto F.)
- Science Fair Judge, North Bay Regional Science Fair 2013
- Chair for Science and Nature Panel, 2012 Undergraduate Conference, Nipissing University, North Bay, ON
- Poster Judge - 5th Annual Graduate Research Forum, Ecosystem Science Center (2009), Michigan Tech., Houghton MI
- Community Assistant (2006-2008), Michigan Tech's Daniell Heights Apartments, Houghton, MI
- Co-Chair - International Honorary for Leaders in University Apartment Communities (2007-08), Michigan Tech's Chapter, Houghton, MI
- Member of Graduate Student Council (2005-2006), Michigan Tech., Houghton, MI
- Secretary - Daniell Heights Residents Council (DHRC)(2005-2006), Michigan Tech., Houghton, MI