Education, Awards & Experience

Education

  • 2018 – Present: Ph.D. Scholar, Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • 2011 – M.Sc Resource Conservation (International Conservation and Development). University of Montana, Missoula – USA. Thesis: Fueldwood consumption and production in alpine Bhutan: A case study of resource use and implications for conservation and management in Wangchuck Centennial Park 
  •  2006 – BSc. Forestry, Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan – India. Project: Dancing deer of Manipur, India

Experience

  • 2016 – 2018: Chair, Education and Capacity Building Services, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Royal Government of Bhutan
  • 2012 – 2018: Chair, Center for Forest Science and Technology, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Royal Government of Bhutan
  • 2012 – 2018: Program Director, UNESCO Manajeet Center for South Asia Forest Studies. South Asia Foundation – Bumthang
  • 2010 – 2012: Dean – Student Affairs. Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Royal Government of Bhutan
  • 2009 – 2012: Chair, Department of Socio-economics and Policy Sciences. Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Royal Government of Bhutan
  • 2007 – 2009: Lecturer, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Royal Government of Bhutan

Additional Responsibilities

  • 2016 – 2018: Chair of the 10th World Dendrochronology Congress – Local Organizing Committee – Bhutan
  • 2017: Team Leader – Development of Curriculum for Foresters National Certificate II and National Certificate III
  • 2014 – 2017: National Coordinator – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). Supported by the United Nations Environmental Program
  • 2014 – 2015: Chair of the First International Symposium on Himalayan Glaciers – Local Organizing Committee – Bhutan
  • 2012 – 2014: Chair of the 14th World Ethnobiology Congress – Local Organizing Committee – Bhutan

Awards

  • Australian Research Training Program Scholarship International
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
    • 2018 – Grant within Regional project energy security and climate change in Asia-Pacific: Energy security and climate change in South Asia – a threat analysis for Bhutan
  • Bhutan Foundation
    • 2018 – Improving training programs for conservation leaders of Bhutan and the region
    • 2017 – Small grants to Revive Nature Study Sub- Center, UWICER – Kheybeythang : Phase II
    • 2017 – Small grants to Revive Nature Study Sub- Center, UWICER – Kheybeythang : Phase I
    • 2013 – Small grants to help Develop the Organic Farming Group of Panbang
  • Idea Wild
    • 2017 – Biodiversity documentation in Bumthang – Bhutan
  • The Rufford Foundation
    • 2016 – 2017 – Study Paris polyphylla – The new livelihood option for local communities and likely ecological crises in Bumthang – Bhutan
  • Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund
    • 2016 – 2017 – Pursue awareness campaign on Preventing the Himalayan Alpine Environment from Trash in Bumthang, Bhutan
  • MacArthur Scholarship
    • 2009 – 2011 – Pursue Master of Science in the University of Montana, USA. Part of Building Conservation Education and Practice in Bhutan from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation by Jill M. Belskey and Stephen F. Siebert, The University of Montana, USA
  • Government of India Scholarship