Krishna K. Shrestha
Professor of Botany, is the Former Head of the Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University. He had been involved in teaching and research on Plant Systematics, Biodiversity, and Ethnobotany since he obtained his M. Sc. (Botany) degree in 1978 from Tribhuvan University. He has obtained his Ph.D. degree in Plant Systematics from the Komarov Botanical Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia in 1993, and deputed as the Post Doctoral Darwin Fellow at the Natural History Museum, London during 1997-1999, especially to work on the 'Repatriation of Plant Information for Flora of Nepal'. He has coordinated more than 25 research projects on plant biodiversity and ethnomedicinal plants, published seven books, 50 research papers in international journals, 33 papers in national journals, and over 30 popular articles on the issues of biodiversity and ethnobotany. Prof. Shrestha is involved as a Biodiversity Expert in the Kangchenjungha Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative Project, at the Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), TU. Prof. Shrestha is one of the Editors of Flora of Nepal, an international initiative of the institutions of Nepal, Japan, and U.K. He is also contributing as the Advisory Board Member of Flora of Pan Himalaya, lead by Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
He obtained M.Sc. in Botany (Plant Systematics and Biogeography) in 2002, and awarded Ph.D. degree in Botany from the Tribhuvan University in 2010. Specialized in the Himalayan Ethnobotany, Dr. Bhattarai was awarded by the Science and Technology Youth Award 2010 for his contribution on “scientific study of the traditional knowledge of Himalayan herbs”. Dr. Bhattarai has been working as a Senior Scientific Officer in the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology and involved in the Nepal Flora and Darwin Initiative project for the last seven years. He has received training on flora writing and its database management from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh-UK in 2013 and completed some major revisionary and Flora writing. In his credit, he has over two dozen papers published in the national and international journals. He was working in the international and national collaborating projects such as NUFU-Norway, VolksWagen Foundation-Germany, DFID-UK, IUCN Bangkok, etc.
He obtained M.Sc. Degree in Botany (specialization in Plant Biodiversity and Systematics), from the Tribhuvan University, and secured first position, in 2015. For his M.Sc. dissertation, he had worked on 'Flora of Panchase Protected Forest, Kaski District, Central Nepal', and published three research papers in the international journals and one in the national journal. He is currently working as a Biodiversity Researcher in Kangchenjungha Landscape and Conservation & Development Initiative (KLCDI) since 2015. Similarly, he has been awarded a research grant by Rufford Foundation to work on Orchids in Panchase Protected Forest, Central Nepal. Mr. Bhandari's fields of interest are Biodiversity, Plant Taxonomy, Ethnobotany, and Conservation Biology.