Dr. Bharat Shrestha, P. Ag.

Biology Study Lead, Soil Health and Fertility Development

I earned a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, Norway in 2008. That same year, I came to Canada as a postdoctoral researcher at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. From 2010 to 2013, I was an NSERC fellow at the AAFC Ottawa Research and Development Centre. Later, I worked as an Agricultural Data Analyst for Environment Canada in Gatineau, Quebec (2013-2014) and as a Soil and Water Research Biologist at the Ontario Forest Research Institute in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (2015-2016). Most recently, I  worked at the University of Alberta as a Research Associate (2017-2020). Over these years, I have developed an extended network of experts in soil, crop and livestock science, and associated experience. I have a broad-suite of baseline assessment and data analysis skills while conducting research on peat soils, forest soils and permafrost in northern Canada; carbon-cycle dynamics within cultivated, arid prairie soils; and the effects of grazing management on soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions on Prairie grasslands. I joined AAFC Beaverlodge Research Station in 2020 as a Soil Biology Study Lead for the Peace River region.

Research facility

6000 C and E Trail
Lacombe, AB T4L 1W1