Career and Outreach Committee

Coordinator/Chair

Pramod Pokhrel

Pramod Pokhrel, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

Pramod Pokhrel is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University. He is currently researching on modeling greenhouse gas emission in dryland sorghum production in the semi-arid Texas High Plains. Dr. Pokhrel completed his undergraduate degree from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Chitwan in 2010. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he worked as a District Coordinator for Vegetable Seed Project at Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension, and Development (CEAPRED), Okhaldhunga from 2012 -2013. Dr. Pokhrel joined Dryland Agricultural Institute at West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas in 2014. He completed his master’s degree with the research focused on the dryland cropping systems in 2016 and started his doctoral study at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Dr. Pokhrel’s doctoral research emphasized on using computer simulation modeling to evaluate the crop performance. Dr. Pokhrel is a life member of NAPA. In addition to serving on Resource and Capacity Building Committee (RCBC) as a member, he coordinates and updates NAPA’s – Graduate Assistantship compilation page.

Member

Bishwoyog Bhattarai

Bishwoyog Bhattarai
PhD Student
Texas Tech Univeristy, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Bishwoyog Bhattarai is Ph.D. student at Texas Tech University. His research focus is to understand the physiological and molecular basis of drought and heat tolerance in peanut and cotton. Mr. Bhattarai earned his M.S. degree in Plant and Soil Science from Texas Tech University in December 2019. As a part of M.S. research, he evaluated the physiological response of forage sorghum, pearl millet, and maize as silage crop under the limited water condition. Mr. Bhattarai received his B.S. degree in Agriculture from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University in 2015. Mr. Bhattarai keen interest is to understand the plant physiological and molecular mechanism to tolerate the abiotic and biotic stress. He is currently serving the NAPA Career and Outreach Committee.

Member

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Asmita Nagila
PhD Student
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA

Asmita Nagila is a PhD Student in the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environment sciences at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Her research on weed science emphasize on management of PPO (protoporphyrinogen oxidase) resistant Palmer amaranth in row crop like peanuts, soybean, cotton, and corn. Ms. Nagila earned her master’s degree from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in agriculture biology. During her master’s project she evaluated non-chemical management tools for major weeds and soil-borne pathogens in New Mexico. Ms. Nagila completed her undergraduate degree from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Lamjung Campus, Lamjung in 2017. In the very little time, besides her research, she enjoys communicating with people, reading novels, and travelling. She also enjoys working voluntarily for YPARD (Young professionals for agriculture development) as one of the regional coordinators for Nepal. After completion PhD, she intends to return to Nepal and contribute for betterment of agriculture education system. Ms. Nagila is a student member of NAPA.

Member

Dinesh Phuyal

Dinesh Phuyal
PhD Student
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

Dinesh Phuyal is a PhD student in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. Mr. Phuyal’s research focus on studying biological nitrification inhibition in sorghum. He received his bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2016. After receiving his B.Sc. degree, Mr. Phuyal’s worked as an Agriculture Instructor in Galkot Higher Secondary School, Baglung, Nepal, where he taught courses on entomology and vegetable production. In 2020, he completed master’s degree from the University of Florida (UF) in Horticultural Science where he studied devastating citrus greening disease. Mr. Phuyal presented his research in several national and international conferences as well, published his findings in scientific journals and non-technical papers. Beside academic, he was a member of student organizations such as gator citrus club and UF Treasure Coast Graduate Student Organization which aimed to develop students outreach and leadership skills. Mr. Phuyal desires to understand new techniques and strategies to produce crops in the face of changing environmental conditions. He has a dream to become a researcher and spread his findings to change the global perspective of agriculture concerning climate change.

Member

Isha Poudel

Isha Poudel
MS Student
Tennessee State University, McMinnville, Tennessee, USA

Isha Poudel is a master’s student at Tennessee State University (TSU). Ms. Poudel is currently doing her research work at TSU Nursery research station, McMinnville, Tennessee. Her research focus on evaluating different pre-emergence herbicides and mulches on non-rooted cuttings of ornamental crops to controlling weeds. Ms. Poudel completed her bachelor’s degree from Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University in 2017. After completing her bachelor’s degree, volunteered in the Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC). She is a student member of NAPA.