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.

Key publications

  1. Shrestha, B.M. (2023). Enhancing Soil Health through Living Labs. Presented at Peace Agronomy Update, 30 Jan 2023 at Fairview, AB. Organized by NPARA.

    2023 - View publication details

  2. Shrestha, Bharat (2022). Adaptive Muti-Paddock (AMP) Grazing May Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Soils. Forage First, 89th Edition Winter 2022 (pages S1-4). Peace River Forage Association of British Columbia.

    2022 - View publication details

  3. Shrestha, Bharat (2021). Grazing Management to Improve Soil Health in Canadian Prairie Grasslands. Presented at a webinar by Alberta Forage Industry Network. July 21, 2021

    2021 - View publication details

  4. Shrestha Bharat and Eudes Francois (2021). Agroecosystem Living Laboratory: Honoring Producers’ Role in Innovation. Forage First, 85th Edition, Winter 2021 Pages- 11-12. Peace River Forage Association of British Columbia.

    2021 - View publication details

  5. Bork et al (2021) Linking Rotational Grazing With Greenhouse Gas Dynamics in Grassland Soils. Saskatchewan PCAP “Prairie’s Got the Goods Week”. March 17, 2021

    2021 - View publication details

  6. Shrestha, Bharat (2020). Soil Health and Fertility Development in Peace River Region in the Context of Climate Change. Presented at the AGM of Alberta Forage Industry Network. March 10, 2020

    2020 - View publication details

  7. Shrestha, B.M., Desjardins, R.L., McConkey, B.G., Worth, D.E., Dyer, J.A., Cerkowniak, D.D. (2014). Change in carbon footprint of canola production in the Canadian Prairies from 1986 to 2006. Renewable Energy, [online] 63 634-641. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2013.10.022

    2014 - View publication details

  8. Shrestha, B.M., Mcconkey, B.G., Smith, W.N., Desjardins, R.L., Campbell, C.A., Grant, B.B., Miller, P.R. (2013). Effects of crop rotation, crop type and tillage on soil organic carbon in a semiarid climate. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, [online] 93(1), 137-146. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJSS2012-078

    2013 - View publication details

  9. Shrestha, B.M., Raddatz, R.L., Desjardins, R.L., Worth, D.E. (2012). Continuous cropping and moist deep convection on the canadian prairies. Atmosphere, [online] 3(4), 573-590. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/atmos3040573

    2012 - View publication details

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