Education


PhD, Environmental Resources Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
MS, Forestry, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
BS, Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Experiences

Current positions: 
Research Fellow, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Research AffiliateCenter for International Environment and Resource Policy, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Positions held
Aug 2015- Sep 2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Jan-May 2015: STEM Mentor
Research Foundation for SUNY,
 Syracuse, NY
 
Sep- Dec 2014: Research Project Assistant,
 Research Foundation for SUNY,
 Syracuse, NY
 
Jun-Aug 2014: Field/Research TechUniversity of IllinoisUrbana-Champaign, IL                                                                       
Aug 2011-May 2014: Graduate Assistant, SUNY-ESF                   
June-Aug 2013: 
Conservation Science Intern, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-US, Washington,DC                              
May-Aug 2012: Research AideResearch Foundation for SUNY, Syracuse, New York    
Aug 2010-Aug 2011: Research Project Assistant,
 Research Foundation for SUNY,
 Syracuse, NY
       
Aug 2008-Aug 2010: Biosytems Eng. Graduate Research Assistant, Auburn University, AL
Jun 2007-Dec 2007: International Corps Member, EarthCorps, Seattle, Washington 

Publications

Refereed

  • Richards, P. Arima, E., VanWey, L, Cohn, A., and Bhattarai, NAre Brazil’s Deforesters Avoiding Detection? Conservation Letters (Accepted).
  • Bhattarai, N., Shaw, S.B., Quackenbush, L.J., Im, J., and Niraula, R. 2016. Evaluating Five Remote Sensing based Single-source Surface Energy Balance Models for Estimating Daily Evapotranspiration in a Humid Subtropical Climate. International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation 49:75-86. Link
  • Bhattarai, N., Quackenbush, L.J., Dougherty, M., and Marzen, L. 2015. A simple Landsat–MODIS fusion approach for monitoring seasonal evapotranspiration at 30 m spatial resolution. International Journal of Remote Sensing 36: 115-143.Link
  • Shaw, S.B., Marrs, J., Bhattarai, N., and Quackenbush, L.J. 2014. Longitudinal Study of the Impacts of Land Cover Change on Hydrologic Response in Four Mesoscale Watersheds in New York State, USA. Journal of Hydrology 519: 12-22. Link
  • Bhattarai, N., Dougherty, M., Marzen, L., and Kailn, L., 2012. Validation of evaporation estimates from a modified surface energy balance algorithms for land (SEBAL) model in the southeastern US. Remote Sensing Letters 3: 511-519.Link
Non-refereed
  • Single-source surface energy balance algorithms to estimate evapotranspiration from satellite-based remotely sensed data, PhD Thesis 2015
  • Use of Remotely Sensed Data to Quantify Plant Water Use from Irrigated Lands in Wolf Bay Watershed Area, MS Thesis 2010.
  • Bhattarai, N. and Quackenbush, L.J. 2013. A data fusion approach for monitoring remotely sensed seasonal evapotranspiration. Abstract H43G-1564, 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Fransisco, CA, December 9-13, 2013. 
  • Bhattarai, N., Quackenbush, L.J., Calandra, L., Im, J., and Teale, S., 2012. An automated object-based approach to detect Sirex-infestation in pines. In ASPRS 2012 Annual conference, Sacramento, CA, March 19-23, 2012 
  • Bhattarai, N., Quackenbush, L.J., Calandra, L., Im, J., and Teale, S., 2011. Spectral analysis of scotch pine infested by sirex noctillo. In ASPRS 2011 Annual conference, May 1-5, 2011, Milwaukee, WI, pp 48-57.
  • Bhattarai, N. 2010. Use of Remotely Sensed Data to Quantify Plant Water Use from Irrigated Lands in Wolf Bay Watershed Area, MS Thesis, Auburn University.
  • Bhattarai, N., Dougherty, M., Marzen, L., and Kailn, L., 2009.  Use of Surface Energy Balance Algorithm to Estimate Evapotranspiration from Landsat 5 TM Imagery. Poster presented at Annual Alabama Water Resources Conference,  September 9-11, 2009, Orange Beach, AL.


Research Skills


Advanced: Matlab and R
Basic: Google Earth Engine API, Javascript, python
Other: SSH secure Client, Cygwin, ArcGIS, ERDAS IMAGINE, QGIS, ENVI, VBA,C/C++ MS SQL SERVER, MYSQL, WinSCP, MS office packages, MS publisher, AutoCAD, Photoshop, SPSS, SAS, SigmaPlot, HEC-HMS.

Presentations 


  • Comparison of four single-source surface energy balance-based models for estimating remotely sensed daily evapotranspiration. ASABE 2014 International Symposium on Evapotranspiration.   April 7-11, 2014, Raleigh, NC.
  • Introduction of automated calibration approaches to the surface energy balance-based evapotranspiration algorithms, ASPRS annual Conference, Mar 23-27, 2014, Louisville, KY
  •  A data fusion approach for monitoring remotely sensed seasonal evapotranspiration. 2013 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meetings, Dec 9-13, 2013, San Francisco, CA.
  • Using remote sensing and geospatial techniques in hydrological applications. NYGeoCon. NYGIS Association, Saratoga Springs, NY Nov 12-13, 2013
  • A coupled multi-sensor fusion and surface enegy balance algorithm appraoch to derive spatially-distributed evapotranspiration. 22nd GIS/SIG Annual spatial/Digital Mapping Conference, APril 16, 2013, Pittsford, NY
  • Application of remote sensing and surface energy balance algorithms in estimating evapotranspiration in the southeastern US. 24th ASPRS 2013 annual conference, March 24-28, 2013, Baltimore, MD.
  • An automated object-based approach to detect Sirex-infestation in pines. 23rd ASPRS 2012 annual conference, March 19-23, 2012, Sacramento, CA.
  • Use of surface energy balance algorithm for land (SEBAL) model to estimate daily evapotranspiration from Landsat 5 TM imagery. 23rd Annual AL water resources conference, September 9-11, 2009, Orange Beach, AL.

Honors/Awards


  • AGU Student travel award for 2013 Fall meetings, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Ta Liang Memorial Award, ASPRS: Photo
  • Graduate Student travel grant (2012, 2013, 2014), Graduate school, SUNY-ESF
  • 2013 Graduate Student of the year from the Central New York Region, ASPRS : Click for photo
  • RvD Idea Awards, Raymond Von Dran Fund, Syracuse University
  • Research in Need travel grant, Graduate Student Association (GSA), SUNY-ESF
  • Merit scholarship, BS in Forestry, Tribhuvan University (2006)
  • ConForM/Danida fellowship for undergraduate research, Tribhuvan University (2005/2006)
Professional Services

  • Reviewer: International Journal of Remote Sensing, Hydrological Processes, IEEE-JSTARS, Remote Sensing, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, GIScience & Remote Sensing 
  • Student Assistant and volunteer during ASPRS conferences (2012-2014 Annual conferences)

Affiliations/Professional Memberships

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