Narayan Prasad Dhital

Post Doctoral Researcher
Research Project
Economic analyses of partial cutting under ecosystem based management in a boreal forest in Quebec, Canada

Directeur: Osvaldo Valeria
Codirecteur: Yves Bergeron



CV 

Education

  • Ph. D. in Forest Science, 2013 (Laval University, Quebec, Canada)
    Thesis 
  • M Sc in Tropical Forestry, 2002 (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
    Thesis: Silvicultural Systems for Hill Sal (Shorea robusta Gaertn. F.) forests in Nepal
  • B Sc Forestry, 1999 (Tribhuwan University , Nepal)
    End of the study project paper: Effect of Thinning Operation on Community Forests and Forest User Groups
  • Bachelor in Commerce, 1996 (Tribhuwan University , Nepal)
  • Certificate in Forestry, 1991 (Tribhuwan University , Nepal)

Research themes

    * Forest disturbance dynamics
* Forest management options
* Sustainable forest management
* Economic aspect of forest management
* Participatory forest management
* Climate change impact on forest productivity
* Forests-poverty nexus

Employment history

More than 15 years of professional and academic experience

  1. Post-doctoral research fellow with Prof. Osvaldo Valeria, UQAT(March 2014 to date)
  2. Research Associate with Prof. Damase Khasa, Université Laval (November 2013 – March 2014)
  3. Timber Supply Analysis Intern, Chief Forester's Office in Quebec, Canada (June to November 2013)
  4. Community Development Specialist, The Mountain Institute in their Tibet program in China(2003-2006)
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, NewERA Ltd. Kathmandu, Nepal(March – November 2002)
  6. Environment Officer, United Nations Development Program, Nepal(Sep. 1999 – Aug. 2000)
  7. Forest Ranger, Government of Nepal, (Aug. 1991 – July 1995)

Scientific competences

Skills

     * Skilled with timber supply modeling in Woodstock application, mapping tools such as ArcGIS and statistical analyses using SAS and R packages
* Financial analyses of silvicultural options
* Climate change adaptation and mitigation (including REDD+ and CDM afforestation/reforestation)
* Participatory rural development planning, natural resource management and community forestry (including protected area planning and management)
* Assessing the impact of climate change on growth and productivity of boreal forests in Canada

Research interests

* Investigating the role of disturbances such as fire and climate change in shaping the structure and composition of different forest types and their economic as well as carbon sequestration potential

Scientific contributions

  1. Dhital, N; F Raulier; P Y Bernier; M P Lapointe-Garant, F. Berninger and Y Bergeron. Adaptability of an ecosystem-based management strategy to climate induced increase in the fire burn rate and growth anomalies in an eastern Canadian boreal forest (Submitted to environment planning and management).
  2. Vololomboahangy, R. R., Dhital, N. and Khasa, D. P. Issues and challenges of forest governance in Madagascar (Submitted to Canadian journal of development studies)
  3. Dhital, N. 2013. Feasibility of an ecosystem-based management in an eastern Canadian boreal forest: testing for ecological suitability, economic viability, social acceptability and adaptability to wildfire and climate change. Thesis submitted to Université Laval for the partial fulfillment of the doctoral degree (Ph D) in forest science
  4. Dhital, N; F Raulier; H Asselin; O Valeria; L Imbeau and Y Bergeron 2013. Emulating natural forest disturbance dynamics: can we maintain timber supply, aboriginal land use and woodland caribou habitat? Forestry Chronicle 89:54-65
  5. Raulier, F., N. Dhital, P. Racine, R. Titler and A. Fall (2013). Forest age structure controls the maximum risk of timber supply disruption: an efficient means of protection against the risk of losses due to wildfires in the boreal forest. Accepted with revision in Forest Policy and Economics
  6. Dhital, N and F Raulier 2010. Timber supply Analyses under conventional and ecosystem-based management scenarios in an eastern boreal forest. Sustainable Forest Management Network, Canada, Research Notes Series No. 75
  7. Dhital N 2009. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in Nepal: Exploring the Possibilities. Journal of forest and livelihood 8 (1) 56 – 61
  8. Dhital, N. 2006. Successful Practices of Social Inclusion in Charpala Community forest. Hamro Ban Sampada (Nepali), 4(1): 29-31.
  9. Dhital N 2005. Promoting Renewable Energy in Tibet. PLA Series 52 (August, 2005). International Institute of Environment and Development, London, UK. http://www.iied.org/pubs/pdfs/G02144.pdf
  10. Dhital, N; K. P. Paudel and H. R. Ojha, 2003. Inventory Related Problems and Opportunities in Community Forestry: Findings of a survey. Journal of Forest and Livelihood 2 (2) 62 – 66
  11. Dhital N 2002. Silvicultural Systems for Hill Sal(Shorea robusta) Forests in Nepal. MSc Thesis submitted to Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  12. Dhital, N. 1999. Effects of thinning operations on community forests and forest users groups. Unpublished end of the study project paper for bachelor degree in forestry submitted to Tribhuwan University, Nepal.

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