Neelam Chandra Poudyal, Ph.D., M.A.

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Associate Professor
  Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
Office: 240 Plant Biotech

Focus: Natural Resource Policy and Human Dimensions

  • Research (50%)
  • Teaching (50%)
Educational & Research Programs
  • Natural Resource Policy
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
  • Forest and Wildlife Economics
  • Non-Market Valuation

  • FORS: Forest & Wildland Resource Policy
  • FORS 590: Economic Perspectives in Natural Resource Issues
  • FWF 320: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
  • FORS 323: People and Forest Practice

Biographical sketch

Dr. Poudyal has a B.S. in Forestry, M.A. in Georgaphy and Ph.D. in Natural Resources. After completing B.S., he worked as a Community Forestry Officer to help local communities manage their forestlands in Nepal. He then went on to study factors driving forest fragmentation in Illinois as part of his Master thesis. In 2008, he completed his PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Tennessee. His doctoral dissertation focused on non-market valuation of various natural resources amenities and their significance in human values, public health, and economic growth in rural areas.
After completion of his PhD, Dr. Poudyal worked at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at University of Georgia first as a Post-Doctoral Researcher (2009-2010), and then as an Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism (2010-2013). Investigating human dimensions and economic issues in natural resource management has been a central theme of his academic career and research. He combines a variety of economic and human dimension theories with qualitative as well as quantitative tools (statistics, GIS etc.) to answer management and policy questions in natural resources. His recently completed and ongoing projects examine broad range of topics in natural resource management including landowner’s decision making, market feasibility of carbon credits, invasive species management on public lands, economic value of ecosystem services, demand-supply analysis of natural resource recreation, role of forest resources in climate change adaptation, hotspot analysis of human footprint, etc.

Dr. Poudyal lives in West Knoxville with his wife (Durga) and two sons (Lucas and Logan). They all cheer for Vols, and the Great Smoky Mountains are their favorite place to spend outdoors.

Editorial Service
Associate Editor: Journal of Forestry
Associate Editor: Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Editorial Board: Land Use Policy
Editorial Board: Journal of Outdoor Recreation & Tourism

Professional Association Service
Council Member: International Association of Society & Natural Resources (IASNR)
Board Member: Forest Science & Technology Board, Society of American Foresters (SAF)

Recent Publications


Ph.D. Natural Resources, University of Tennessee, 2008
M.A. Geography, Western Illinois University, 2004
B.S. Forestry, Tribhuvan University, 2002