Gyami Shrestha, Ph.D.

 

Gyami Shrestha, Ph.D.

Director, U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Office, contact @ gshrestha[at]usgcrp[dot]gov, http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7150-8731

Dr. Gyami Shrestha directs the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Office activities for the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG). Interfacing with the scientists and the government, and in close consultation and collaboration with the CCIWG leadership and diverse scientific teams, she advises, conceptualizes, leads and co-leads, community and interagency U.S. Government programs and activities such as the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2). Dr. Shrestha’s  portfolio of domestic and international activities (as described in https://CarbonCycleScience.us) helps to facilitate and catalyze coordinated scientific advances in the context of evolving U.S. Government priorities in collaboration with the U.S. and international community. Prior to joining the Program in 2011, Dr. Shrestha had accumulated over 10 years of direct research, management and consulting experience in the non-profit, academic and consulting sectors. She recruited and managed research proposal review panels for the American Association for the Advancement of Science after completing Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Systems (incl. Air Quality and Health Training Certificate) and Soil Science and Water Resources (incl. Restoration Ecology Certificate) respectively. As a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Shrestha contributed to research, writing and peer reviewer recruitment to finalize the landmark 2010 America's Climate Choices Science Panel Report. In addition to a stint as a Teaching Fellow for Environmental Science and Policy, Dr. Shrestha's recent scientific investigations include terrestrial carbon with a focus on pyrolized carbon (char, charcoal, soot black carbon), prescribed forest fire impacts, soil carbon sequestration and land restoration. In the early days of her global change focused career in two continents and dating back to 2001, she investigated and worked on stakeholder analysis and decision-support tool development pertaining to reclaimed land management, rainwater harvesting, energy saving, sustainable resources management, improved cookstoves and gender mainstreaming via participatory technology transfer. Dr. Shrestha has served on Advisory Boards and Committees for the University of California and the Nepalese Children's Education Fund. In 2014, she completed a Non-Profit Executive Management Program from the Georgetown University Center for Public and Non-Profit Leadership at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Subsequently, in 2015, she completed the 'First Internal Assessment of the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program and Office for a Strategic Planning Framework'. Dr. Shrestha has also completed Executive Potential Program training focused on executive core qualities and leadership competencies for public service.

 Selected PUBLICATIONS

  • USGCRP, 2018: Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report. [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao, and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, 878 pp., doi: 10.7930/SOCCR2.2018

  • Shrestha, G., N. Cavallaro, L. Lorenzoni, A. Seadler, Z. Zhu, N. P. Gurwick, E. Larson, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, and P. Romero-Lankao, 2018: Highlights. In Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report. [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao, and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.7930/SOCCR2.2018.Highlights
  • Birdsey, R., M. A. Mayes, P. Romero-Lankao, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, N. Cavallaro, G. Shrestha, D. J. Hayes, L. Lorenzoni, A. Marsh, K. Tedesco, T. Wirth, and Z. Zhu, 2018: Executive summary. In Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report. [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao, and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 21-40, doi: 10.7930/SOCCR2.2018.ES
  • Hristov, A. N., J. M. F. Johnson, C. W. Rice, M. E. Brown, R. T. Conant, S. J. Del Grosso, N. P. Gurwick, C. A. Rotz, U. M. Sainju, R. H. Skinner, T. O. West, B. R. K. Runkle, H. Janzen, S. C. Reed, N. Cavallaro, and G. Shrestha, 2018: Chapter 5: Agriculture. In Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report. [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao, and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 229-263, doi: 10.7930/SOCCR2.2018.Ch5
  • Shrestha, G., 2018: Appendix A. Report development process. In Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report. [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao, and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 810-817, doi: 10.7930/SOCCR2.2018.AppA
  • Shrestha, G., 2018: Appendix B. Information Quality in the assessment. In Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report. [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao, and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 818-820, doi: 10.7930/SOCCR2.2018.AppB
  • Birdsey, R., N. P. Gurwick, K. R. Gurney, G. Shrestha, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, and P. Romero-Lankao, 2018: Appendix D. Carbon measurement approaches and accounting frameworks. In Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report. [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao, and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 834-838, doi: 10.7930/SOCCR2.2018.AppD
  • Tzortziou, M., M. Litvak, and G. Shrestha. 2017. Coordinating and communicating carbon cycle research, Eos, 98, https://doi.org/10.1029/2017EO080201.
  • Jones CD, Ciais P, Davis SJ, Friedlingstein, Gasser T, Peter GP, Rogelj J, van Vuuren D P,Canadell J G, Cowie A, Jackson R B, Jonas M, Kriegler E, Littleton E, Lowe J A, Milne J, Shrestha G, Smith P Torvanger A and Wiltshire A. 2016. Simulating the Earth system response to negative emissions. Environmental Research Letters 11 (9), 095012
  • Xiao, J., Y. Luo, and G. Shrestha. 2016. Improving carbon cycle projections for better carbon management, Eos, 97,doi:https://10.1029/2016EO062341.
  • Smith, P. et al. 2016. Biophysical and economic limits to negative CO2 emissions. Nature Climate Change 6, 42–5
  • Vargas, R., S. Alin, and G. Shrestha. 2015. Integrating carbon cycle research into decision-making processesEos, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO037893
  • Cooley, S.R., E.B. Jewett, J. Reichert, L. Robbins, G. Shrestha, D. Wieczorek, and S.B. Weisberg. 2015. Getting ocean acidification on decision makers’ to-do lists: Dissecting the process through case studies. Oceanography 28(2):198–211, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.42
  • Patricia Romero-Lankao, Kevin Gurney , Karen Seto , Mikhail Chester , Riley Duren , Sara Hughes , Lucy Hutyra , Peter Marcotulio, Lawrence Baker, Nancy Grimm, Christopher A. Kennedy, Elisabeth Larson, Stephanie Pincetl, Daniel Runfola, Landy Sanchez Peña, Gyami Shrestha, Andrea Sarzynski, Johannes J. Feddema, Joshua Sperling, and Eleanor Stokes. 2014. A critical knowledge pathway to low‐carbon, sustainable futures: integrated understanding of urbanization, urban areas and carbon. Earth’s Future
  • Lucy R. Hutyra, Riley Duren, Kevin R. Gurney, Nancy Grimm, Eric A. Kort, Elisabeth Larson, Gyami Shrestha. 2014.  Urbanization and the carbon cycle: Current capabilities and research outlook from the natural sciences perspective. Earth’s Future
  • Michalak, A., D. Huntzinger, and G. Shrestha. 2013. Progress and Future Directions in North American Carbon Cycle Science, Eos Trans. AGU, 94(20), 184
  • Shrestha, G., Traina, S.J. & Swanston, C.W. 2010. Black Carbon's Properties and Role in the Environment: A Comprehensive Review. Sustainability 2, (1), 294-320
  • Shrestha G., Behre-Asefaw A., Swanston C. and Traina S.J. 2009. Prescribed fires in California: black carbon effect. In 1st North American Biochar Conference Proceedings, Boulder (paper, talk & panelist).
  • Shrestha, G. & Stahl, P.D. 2008. Carbon accumulation & storage in semi-arid sagebrush steppe: Effects of long-term grazing exclusion. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 125, pp 173-181. PDF
  • Shrestha G. et al. 2006. Soil carbon & microbial biomass carbon after 40 Years of grazing exclusion in semi-arid sagebrush grasslands of Wyoming, In C. Waser, ed. Arid Lands Newsletter Vol. 58. Office of Arid Lands Studies. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • Shrestha G., Stahl P.D., & Ingram L. 2005. Influence of reclamation management practices on soil bulk density & infiltration rates on surface coalmine lands in Wyoming, In R. Barnhisel, ed. Raising Reclamation to New Heights: 22nd National American Society of Mining & Reclamation Symposium Annual Meetings, Breckenridge, CO
  • Shrestha G., Shrestha S.R., & Shrestha G.R. 2004. Household energy for rural women in Nepal: reality & potential, In A. A. M. Sayigh, ed. Proceedings of the 8th World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC VIII) CD-ROM. Elsevier Science. (Invited)
  • In prep. Prescribed fires in California: coverage, emissions & policies
 For major articles and papers, see here (Google Scholar) and here (ORCID).
Additional Training
  • Science Communication Training, American Geophysical Union, 2012
  • Summer Science Policy Colloquium, American Meteorological Society, 2010
  • Future Geoscience Faculty Preparation Workshop at Stanford University, National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), 2010
  • Climate Finance Legal & Regulatory Course at COP15, Copenhagen, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law- International Development Law Organization (CISDL-IDLO), 2009
  • Climate, Air Pollution & Health International Biennial Colloquium, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), 2009
  • Radiocarbon Analysis for Ecology & Earth Science, UC Irvine W. M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, 2008
  • Atmospheric Aerosols & Health (AAH) intensive courses on air quality & environmental justice, UC Davis, 2007-2008
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