Research Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences
105 Agriculture and Biotechnology Building
Key Areas of Research Interest
- Developing and testing forest growth and yield models
- Sampling and experimental designs
- Enhanced forest resources inventory and monitoring
- Application of ecological land classification on forest growth and yield modeling
- Evaluation of forest site productivity
- Predictive habitat modeling
- Modeling wood quality and fibre attributes
- Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS)
- Quantitative silviculture
- Biomass and bioenergy
- Use of dendrochronology on climate modeling
Pokharel, B., Dech, J.P., Groot, A., and D. Pitt 2014. Ecosite-based predictive modeling of black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) B.S.P.) wood quality attributes in boreal Ontario. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
Dech, J.P.; Mayhew-Hammond, S.; James, A. and B. Pokharel 2014. Modeling Canada yew (Taxus canadensis Marsh.) distribution and abundance in the boreal forest of northeastern Ontario, Canada. Ecological Indicators, 36: 48-58.
Pokharel, B.; J.P. Dech and P. Uhlig 2012. A Tool for Converting Forest Ecosystem Classifications for Permanent or Temporary Growth Plots into the New Provincial Ecological Land Classification (ELC) System in the Boreal Regions of Ontario. The Forestry Chronicle, 88(1): 49-59.
Pokharel, B. and J. P. Dech 2012. Mixed-effects Basal Area Increment Models for Tree Species in the Boreal Forest of Ontario, Canada Using an Ecological Land Classification Approach to Incorporate Site Effects. Forestry, 85(2): 255-270.
Pokharel, B. and J.P. Dech 2011. An Ecological Land Classification Approach to Modeling the Production of Forest Biomass. The Forestry Chronicle, 87(1): 23-32.
Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2009. Representing Site Productivity in the Basal Area Increment Model for FVS-Ontario. Forest Ecology and Management, 258(5): 657-666.
Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2008. Evaluating Alternative Implementations of the Lake States FVS Diameter Increment Model. Forest Ecology and Management, 255(5-6): 1759-1771.
Pokharel, B. and J.P. Dech 2013. Improving Volume and Value Estimates for Boreal Tree Species Using Enhanced Forest Inventory Data and Decision Support Tools. Final Technical Report. Submitted to Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, ON p27
Dech, J.P.; Pokharel, B. and M. Bowman 2012. Linking Wood Fibre Attributes to Ecological Land Classification in the Boreal Forest of Ontario. Final Technical Report. Submitted to Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, ON p30
Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2008. Why is the Performance of the Lake States Variant of FVS so Poor? Poster Presented at 6th Annual Forest and Wildlife Research Review Meeting, January 16, 2008, University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota.
Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese. 2009. Timber inventory plot design project: Final report. Submitted to Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lansing, Michigan p22.
Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese. 2009. Timber inventory plot design project: Field manual. Submitted to Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lansing, Michigan p31.
Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2007. Evaluating alternative base functions for modelling diameter increment in Ontario. Report submitted to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario, Canada p79 (including appendices).
Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2006. Single-tree, aspatial diameter increment models: literature review and analysis. Report submitted to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario, Canada p45
Pokharel, B. and R.E. Froese 2006. Validation, evaluation or evolution of diameter increment models in the Lake States FVS model family: an annotated bibliography. School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan p15
BIOL 2446 – Principles of Ecology (Nipissing University)
BIOL 3117 – Biostatistics (Nipissing University)
BIOL 4506 – Forests and Global Warming (Nipissing University)
FW 2050 – Measuring Forest Resources (Michigan Technological University)
Professional Memberships and Services
Member, Canadian Institute of Forestry (2010-present)
Life Member, Nepal Forester's Association (since 2002)
Life Member, Nepal Red Cross Society (since 2013)
Volunteer, Forests without Borders (Charity organization within Canadian Institute of Forestry)
Honors and Awards
Tree of Life Award, Canadian Institute of Forestry, 2013
Horner Hardwood Research Award, Michigan Technological University, 2006
Timbind Utilization Prize, Boral Timber/Australian National University, 1998
AusAID Scholarship, 1994-1998
Ph.D., Michigan Technological University, Houghton MI
BSc (Honours), Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia
Date joined staff: 2014
Complete CV available for download
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences