Gyami Shrestha

With degrees in environmental science, soil science and water resources, Gyami is currently based in the Washington DC metro area where she recently worked as a consultant for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is also finishing her doctoral dissertation on biochar and surface soil black carbon from the University of California, Merced (UC Merced), where she was recruited as a founding graduate student researcher in 2005. Her past work has incorporated several aspects of ecosystem services, sustainable resources management and climate change pertaining to soil carbon sequestration, air pollution control, climate change regulations, rainwater harvesting, improved cookstoves, forests, rangelands, international development, gender mainstreaming and science policy interfacing across Nepal and the United States. Writing peer-reviewed publications and outreach pieces, she has been actively generating awareness about significant contemporary scientific and socio-political issues regarding her research as well as other related matters such as food security via international outlets. As a Mirzayan Science Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., Gyami contributed to research, writing and peer reviewer recruitment for America's Climate Choices report. She also worked as a Teaching Fellow for Environmental Science and Policy at UC Merced facilitating instruction, discussions on and evaluations of climate change, water resources and ozone hole science, politics and policies.