Rashila Deshar, PhD

Rashila Deshar, PhD

Assistant Professor

Academic QualificationPhD in Environmental Science (Forest Ecology), University of Ryukyus, JAPAN

Research Interests: Ecology, Wildlife, Conservation biology, Climate change, Mountain Environment, Urban Environment, Water governance, Local Knowledge, Disaster

Teaching Courses: 

  • Ecology and Environmental Philosophy (ENV 511)
  • Terrestrial Ecology Practical (ENV 515)
  • Mountains and Plains (ENV 557)
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management (ENV 559)
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (ENV 609)
  • Restoration Ecology (ENV 612)

Contact: 

Email: rdeshar at cdes.edu.np/rashila.deshar at cdes.tu.edu.np; Phone: +977-9840061805

 Publications:

International Journal Articles

  1. Dhungana, A., & Deshar R. (2019). Forest ecosystem service valuation: A case of Kalika community forest, Dhanding and central Nepal. Journal of Forests, 6, 1-14.
  2. K.C., L., & Deshar, R. (2018). Status of flora and fauna in Dhanushadham forest inside protected area, Dhanushadham, Nepal. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Innovative Research, 1, 25-45.
  3. Kamruzzaman, M., Osawa, A., Deshar, R., Sharma, S., & Kamara, M., (2017). Species composition, biomass, and net primary productivity of mangrove forest in Okukubi River, Okinawa Island, Japan. Regional Studies in Marine Science, 12, 19-27.
  4. Shrestha, D., Deshar, R., & Nakamura, K. (2015). Characteristics of summer precipitation around the Western Ghats and the Myanmar West Coast. International Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 206016. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/206016.
  5. Mouctar, K., Deshar, R., Analuddin, K., Kamruzzaman, M., & Hagihara, A. (2014). Self-thinning of stems, branches, and leaves in overcrowded mangrove Kandelia obovata stands on Okinawa Island, Japan. Aquatic Botany, 119, 20-27.
  6. Mouctar, K., Deshar, R., Kamruzzaman, M., Analuddin, K., & Hagihara, A. (2013). Dynamics of aboveground mass hierarchy in overcrowded mangrove Kandelia obovata stands on Okinawa Island, Japan. APCBEE Procedia, 5, 38-43.
  7. Kamruzzaman, M., Sharma, S., Kamara, M., Deshar, R., & Hagihara, A. (2013). Temporal variation in litterfall production of Bruguiera gymnorrhiza stands on Okinawa Island, Japan. Procedia APCBEE, 5, 16-21.
  8. Deshar, R., Sharma, S., Mouctar, K., Wu, M., Hoque, A.T.M.R., & Hagihara, A. (2012). Self-thinning exponents for partial organs in overcrowded mangrove Bruguiera gymnorrhiza stands on Okinawa Island, Japan. Forest Ecology and Management, 278, 146–154.
  9. Mouctar, K., Deshar, R., Sharma, S., Kamruzzaman, M., & Hagihara, A. (2012). The self-thinning exponent in overcrowded stands of the mangrove, Kandelia obovata, on Okinawa Island, Japan. Journal of Oceanography, DOI 10.1007/s10872-012-0135-7.
  10. Deshar, R., Sharma, S., Hoque, A.T.M.R., Wu, M., Mouctar, K., & Hagihara, A. (2012). Self-thinning of leaf, wood and aboveground in overcrowded mangrove Bruguiera gymnorrhiza stands in Okinawa Island, Japan. Procedia Environmental Science, 13, 982–993.
  11. Deshar, R., Sharma, S., Hoque, A.T.M.R., Wu, M., Mouctar, K., & Hagihara, A. (2011). The self-thinning line in overcrowded stands of the mangrove, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza, Okinawa, Japan. Tropics, 20, 71–77.
  12. Suwa, R., Deshar, R., & Hagihara, A. (2009). Forest structure of a subtropical mangrove along a river inferred from potential tree height and biomass. Aquatic Botany, 91, 99–104.
  13. Deshar, R., Suwa, R., Hagihara, A. (2008). Leaf water potential of two mangrove species in different seasons and salinity conditions on Okinawa Island, Japan. Mangrove and Wetland Ecosystem, 6, 85–97.

Book Chapters

  1. Deshar, R., Shrestha, D., Maharjan, S., & Koirala, M. (2021). Indigenous knowledge on coping strategies to flooding in downstream communities of Mahakali River Nepal. In D. S. Yu and E. D. Maaker (Eds), Trans-Himalayan Environmental Humanities: Symbiotic Indigeneity, Aqueous Earth, Biotic-Abiotic Unions, Environmental Humanities Series.  Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  2. Deshar, R., & Koirala, M. (2020). Climate change and gender policy. In V. Venkatramanan, S. Shah and R. Prasad (Eds), Global climate change and Environmental Policy, Agriculture Perspectives. Springer, 411-421. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-9570-3.
  3. Deshar, R., & Koirala, M. (2020). Indigenous Practice in Agro-Pastoralism and Carbon Management from a Gender Perspective: A Case from Nepal. Carbon Management for Promoting Local Livelihood in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region. In Z. Shang, A. A. Degen, M. K. Rafiq & V. R. Squires (Eds.), Carbon Management for Promoting Local Livelihood in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region. Springer, 267–280. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20591-1.
  4. Koirala, M., Khadka, U.R., Thakuri, S., & Deshar, R. (2020). Designing Water Resource Use for Poverty Reduction in the HKH Region: Institutional and Policy Perspectives. In Z. Shang, A. A. Degen, M. K. Rafiq & V. R. Squires (Eds.), Carbon Management for Promoting Local Livelihood in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region. Springer, 245–266. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20591-1.
  5. Deshar, R., Bhatta, L.D., & Shrestha, K. (2017). Payment for Ecosystem Services: A Possible Instrument to Sustainable Ecosystem Management in Nepal. In D. Bhuju, M. Koirala & R. Nakarmi (Eds.), Environmental Science: Some Theoretical Background and Applications. Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, 104-118.

National Journals

  1. Shrestha, D., Sharma, S., Bhandari, S., & Deshar, R. (2021). Statistical downscaling and projection of future temperature and precipitation change in Gandaki Basin. Journal of Institute of Science and Technology, 26(1), 16-27.  https://doi.org/10.3126/jist.v26i1.37810
  2. Pokhrel, S., Aryal, C., & Deshar, R. (2019). Vegetation dynamics from edge to interior gradient in Old Padampur area of Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Journal of Environment Science, 5, 70-77.
  3. Deshar, R., & Koirala, M. (2016). Gender-wise contribution in carbon management by high Himalayan ethnic group of Gatlang VDC, Rasuwa, Nepal. Nepal Journal of Environmental Science, 4, 39-46.
  4. Khadka, S., & Deshar, R. (2015). Effects of Land Use Change on Soil Organic Carbon Stock in Sundarijal Catchment. Nepal Journal of Science and Technology,16, 31-38.
  5. Shrestha, D., & Deshar, R. (2o14). Spatial Variations in the Diurnal Pattern of Precipitation over Nepal Himalayas. Nepal Journal of Science and Technology, 2, 57-64.
  6. Sah, R.B., Shrestha, R., Joshi, G.R., Shrestha, S., & Deshar, R. (2005). Aspects of arsenic contamination in groundwater of Terai Plain Nepal. Journal of Stratigraphic Association of Nepal, 5, 1-8.
  7. Deshar, R.,Shrestha, S., Joshi, G.R., & Pandey, S. (2005). Efficiency of the waste water treatment at Guheshwori, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Journal of Stratigraphic Association of Nepal, 5, 25-33.
  8. Deshar, R., Shrestha, S., Joshi, G.R., & Pandey, S. (2005). Study of physico-chemical parameters and biotic components of Nakhu Khola, Kathmandu, Nepal. Journal of Stratigraphic Association of Nepal, 5, 40-47.

Proceeding Papers

  1. Shrestha, D., & Deshar, R. (2014). Diurnal variation of pre-monsoon and monsoon rainfall over Nepal. Proceeding of the 2014 Seminar on Water & Energy, Kathmandu, Nepal (Vol 24).
  2. Deshar, R., Sharma, S., Hoque, A.T.M.R., Mouctar, K., & Hagihara, A. (2011). Self-thinning in Bruguiera gymnorrhiza (L.) Lamk. Stands in Okukubi River, Okinawa Island, Japan. Proceedings of the International Conference on Environmental Aspect of Bangladesh, Kitakyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, pp. 87-90.
  3. Sharam, S., Hoque, A.T.M.R., Analuddin, K., Deshar, R., & Hagihara, A. (2011). Leaf phenological traits in the mangrove Rhizophora stylosa Griff. in Okinawa Island. Proceedings of the International Conference on Environmental Aspect of Bangladesh, Kitakyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, pp. 91-94.
  4. Mouctar, K., Analuddin, K., Deshar, R., & Hagihara, A. (2011). The self-thinning of overcrowded Kandelia obovata Stands in Manko Wetland, Okinawa Island. Japan. Proceedings of the International Conference on Environmental Aspect of Bangladesh, Kitakyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, pp. 80-82.
  5. Hoque, A.T.M.R., Sharma, S., Deshar, R., Analuddin, K., & Hagihara, A. (2010). Allometric relationships for estimating the aboveground mass and leaf area of mangrove Bruguiera gymnorrhiza trees in Manko Wetland, Okinawa Island, Japan. Proceedings of 2010 International Conference on Environmental Science and Development (CESD 2010), Singapore, ISBN 978-1-84626-024-7, pp. 441–446.
  6. Deshar, R., Suwa, R., Hoque, A.T.M.R., Wu, M., & Hagihara, A. (2010). Loss rate of daily net photosynthesis caused by midday depression in mangrove species Bruguiera gymnorrhiza and Kandelia obovata. Proceedings of 2010 International Conference on Environmental Science and Development, (CESD 2010), Singapore, ISBN 978-1-84626-024-7, pp.435–440.
  7. Deshar, R., Shrestha, S., Joshi, G.R., Shrestha, G., & Joshi, P.R. (2007). Time series study of airborne particulate matter (PM10) in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. International Scientific Conference SGEM, Bulgaria, pp. 1-9.
  8. Joshi, G.R., Shrestha, S., Joshi, P.R., Deshar, R., & Sharma, A.R. (2007). Arsenic toxicity in groundwater of Terai Basin of Nepal: A significant environment problem. 7th International Scientific Conference SGEM, Bulgaria, pp. 1-10.
Conference Papers
  1. Deshar, R., Sharma, S., Min, W., Mouctar, K., & Hagihara, A. (2012). Self-thinning exponents of partial organs and aboveground in overcrowded mangrove Bruguiera gymnorrhiza stands. Joint Meeting of The 59th Annual Meeting of ESJ and The 5th EAFES International Congress, March 17-20.
  2. Mouctar, K., Deshar, R., Sharma, S., & Hagihara, A. (2012). The self-thinning exponents in overcrowded mangrove Kandelia obovata stands. Joint Meeting of The 59th Annual Meeting of ESJ and The 5th EAFES International Congress, March 17-20.
  3. Deshar, R., Sharma, S., Hoque, A.T.M.R., Min, W., Mouctar, K., & Hagihara, A. (2011). The self-thinning of overcrowded mangrove Bruguiera gymnorrhiza stands. 58th Ecology Society of Japan Annual Meeting, Hokkaido, March 8-12.
  4. Deshar, R., Sharma, S., Hoque, A.T.M.R., Wu, M., Mouctar, K., & Hagihara, A. (2011). Self-thinning in overcrowded mangrove Bruguiera gymnorrhiza stands. Proceedings of the 21 Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Tropical Ecology in Okinawa, May 27-29.
  5. Sharma, S., Hoque, A.T.M.R., Analuddin, K., Deshar, R., & Hagihara, A. (2011). Leaf phenological traits in the mangrove Rhizophora stylosa Griff. in Okinawa Island. Proceedings of the International Conference on Environmental Aspect of Bangladesh, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, September 10-11.
  6. Deshar, R., Sharma, S., Hoque, A.T.M.R., Mouctar, K., & Hagihara, A. (2011). Self-thinning in Bruguiera gymnorrhiza (L.) Lamk. Stands in Okukubi River, Okinawa Island, Japan. Proceedings of the International Conference on Environmental Aspect of Bangladesh, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, September 10-11.
  7. Mouctar, K., Analuddin, K., Deshar, R., & Hagihara, A. (2011). The self-thinning of overcrowded Kandelia obovata Stands in Manko Wetland, Okinawa Island. Japan. Proceedings of the International Conference on Environmental Aspect of Bangladesh, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, September 10-11.
  8. Deshar, R., Suwa, R., Wu, M., & Hagihara, A. (2010). Leaf water potential of two mangrove species Bruguiera gymnorrhiza and Kandelia obovata along salinity gradient. The 57th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan, Tokyo, March 15-20.
  9. Wu, M., Feroz, S.M., Hagihara, A., Sharma, S., Deshar, R., & Houqe, A.T.M.R. (2010). Carbon and nitrogen accumulation in the limestone and the silicate forests in the northern part of Okinawa Island. The 57th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan, Tokyo, March 15-20.
  10. Deshar, R., Suwa, R., & Hagihara, A. (2008). Water relations of two mangrove species in two different sites in the Okukubi River referring the seasonal change in leaf water potential. 21st Century COE Conference in Okinawa, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan.
  11. Deshar, R., Suwa, R., & Hagihara, A. (2008). Leaf water potential of two mangrove species in different seasons and salinity conditions in Okukubi River, Okinawa Island. Proceedings of the 18th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Tropical Ecology, Tokyo, June 21-22.
  12. Deshar, R., Sharma, S., Wu, M., Septiana, A., & Koliyavu, R.T.T. (2007). Coastal habitat (coral reef, mangrove, seagrass) and global climate change. Asia Pacific Initiative (API) e-course conference, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan.
  13. Joshi, G.R., Shrestha, S., Joshi, P.R., Deshar, R., & Sharma, A.R. (2007). Arsenic toxicity in groundwater of Terai Basin of Nepal: A significant environment problem. 7th International Scientific Conference SGEM, Modern Management of Mine Producing Geology and Environmental Protection, Bulgaria, June 11-15.
  14. Shrestha, S., Joshi, G.R., Deshar, R., Shrestha, G., & Joshi, P.R. (2007). Time series study of airborne particulate matter (PM10) in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. 7th International Scientific Conference SGEM, Modern Management of Mine Producing Geology and Environmental Protection, Bulgaria, June 11-15.
  15. Joshi, G.R., Shrestha, S., Deshar, R., Sharma, A.R., & Joshi, M.R. (2007). Soil degradation: a significant environmental problem of sustainable development of Nepal. International Conference on Sustainable Development, Ashurst, Southampton, UK.

Research Projects

ONGOING

  1. Biodiversity Expert (2019-2025) in a research project on “Evaluation of biodiversity change’s impact on carbon pool and livelihood benefit in Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region based on the stratification model framework” in partnership with Lanzhou University, School of Life Science, China, Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University and Biodiversity International Nepal funded by National Science Foundation China-CGIAR: 31961143012, 2020-2024. 
  2. Researcher (2018 -present) in Erasmus + Project “Enhancing Green Economy in 3 countries of Asia/EGEA” funded by European Union. 
COMPLETED
  1. Principal Investigator (2018-2019) in collaborative research between Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University Nepal and TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, India on “Transboundary water governance and role of institution to enhance the capacities of marginalized community in Mahakali River Basin” funded by ICIMOD under Transboundary River of South Asia (TROSA) Water Grant, 2018-2019.
  2. Researcher and Administrator (2017-2019) in Erasmus + Project “Supporting the Professionalisation of Health Engineering studies and Related areas in Asia” (SPHERA) 573909-EPP-1-2016-1-ES-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP funded by European Union, 2017-2019.
  3. Researcher (2017) in HUC Seed Grant research on “Water sustainability strategies in Himalayan cities”. Collaborative research between Tribhuvan University, Samtse College, Bhutan and TERI University, India. Funded by Himalayan University Consortium, ICIMOD.
  4. Research Coordinator (2015-2017) in Collaborative research of Innovating social-carbon-stoichiometry method to comparing the different indigenous peoples’ contribution for mitigating the global warming in Himalaya Mountain region. USD 20,000 Himalayan University Consortium, between Tribhuvan University, Nepal and Lanzhou University, Gansu, P.R. China.
  5. Project Officer (February 4 – August 4, 2014), Hazard and Vulnerability Analysis of Churia Regions, Rashtrapati Churia Project, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Central Department of Environmental Science, TU, Nepal.
  6. Publication Coordinator (December 2014), Reference Book on “Disaster Risk Management on Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability under Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in Academi (SDRMA)” funded by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) under Central Department of Environmental Science, TU, Nepal.