Dr. Gyami Shrestha
Director, U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Office
National Coordination Office (NCO)
As the point-of-contact for USGCRP's Carbon Cycle Science Program Office and its Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG), Dr. Gyami Shrestha represents the Program and the CCIWG on carbon cycle science issues across related research and cross-cutting elements of the USGCRP Strategic Plan. Interfacing with the public as needed, she is responsible for research, coordination, documentation, and dissemination of the Carbon Program Office and CCIWG activities among the science community and U.S. Federal agencies, in addition to facilitating the integration of carbon cycle research related to the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan (1999, 2011).
As the Carbon Program and CCIWG liaison with major international programs on carbon cycle science, she represents the program office and its activities in the U.S. and provides official communication among the Global Carbon Project (GCP) Scientific Steering Committee members and its relevant activities, such as the Regional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes (RECCAP).
Gyami's Ph.D. research from the University of California Merced encompassed the study of black carbon and biochar carbon in forest soils of Yosemite National Park, with an emphasis on the environmental and science policy implications of prescribed fires as a land management practice. Her M.S. research projects were on (i) the influence of long-term grazing exclusion on carbon in soils of the semi-arid Sagebrush Steppe of Wyoming; and (ii) surface coal mine land reclamation and management effects on soil and hydraulic properties.
While working with organizations such as the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the Center for Rural Technology-Nepal (CRT-N) and the Alliance to Save Energy-San Francisco, Gyami led research and managed projects on a range of topics such as rainwater harvesting, improved cookstoves, energy saving, gender mainstreaming policies in appropriate technology implementation, and factors for success in science and technology education and careers.
Her specific work experiences in Washington, DC include consulting assignments with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), managing scientific peer reviews for the King Abdullah City for Science and Technology (KACST); and a term as a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) at the US National Academy of Sciences, contributing to America's Climate Choices: Advancing the Science of Climate Change report. Gyami's publicly available publications can be accessed via this link.