Dr. Sujata Shrestha earned her PhD in Environmental Biology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA. In her PhD research, she used an interdisciplinary approach to examine the impacts of two forest conservation programs -community forestry program and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) program- on three dimensions (ecological, economic and social) in Nepal. She has two Master’s degree one in Arts (Sustainable International Development) from Brandeis University, USA and another in Science (Botany) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
She has worked as a lecturer for three years in Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University, Nepal where she taught graduate courses and co-supervised graduate students. She taught undergraduate level biology courses in the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA for five years as a teaching assistant. She also worked as a researcher at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Sujata has received several grants from University of Massachusetts Boston, and Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation, UK. She has published twelve peer-reviewed research papers, co-authored one book, and contributed as a reviewer to different academic journals. Her areas of research interests are applied and policy-relevant concerning the environment, climate change, land-use change, ecosystem services, and natural resource management.