Parveen Chhetri

Parveen Chhetri

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Earth Science

Assistant Professor

(310) 243-3731

EDUCATION

PhD, Geography, Texas A&M University, 2017

MS, Environmental Science, Hokkaido University, Japan, 2012

MSc, Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2006

BSc, Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2004

COURSES

GEO 305 Cartography
GEO 357 Urban Environmental Geography
GEO 408 Remote Sensing (RS)
GEO 415 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GEO 420 Natural Resources
SMT 416 Earth Science for Teachers

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

Dr. Chhetri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Science and Geography with specialization in Biogeography, Climate Change and Vegetation Response, and Geospatial Technology. Currently, Dr. Chhetri is working on research projects related to the factors structuring treeline dynamics in the Nepal Himalaya using ecological tools (Dendrochronology), spatial models (Species Distribution Modelling), and geospatial technologies (GIS and RS). Dr. Chhetri is also mentoring undergraduate students in project related to shrub cover mapping in the Nepal Himalaya.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Chhetri P.K. Gaddis K. and Cairns D.M. 2018. Modeling current and future distribution of treeline species in the Nepal Himalaya. Mountain Research and Development 38 (2):153-163.

Chhetri P.K. and Cairns D.M. 2018. Low recruitment above treeline indicates treeline stability under changing climate in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Western Nepal. Physical Geography 39(4): 329-342.

Chhetri P.K. 2018.Predicting upslope expansion of sub-alpine forest in the Makalu Barun National Park, eastern Nepal, with a hybrid cartographic model. Journal of Forestry Research 29(1): 129-137.

Johnson J.S. Chhetri P.K. Krutovsky K.V. Cairns D.M. 2017. Growth, stability and resilience at alpine treeline: An assessment of Mountain Hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana) growth and its relationship to individual genetic diversity by combining dendrochronology and genomics. Forests 8, 418.

Shrestha K.B. Chhetri P.K. and Bista R. 2017. Tree growth variations along the elevational gradient in the mesic north facing slope at Langtang National Park, in the central Himalaya, Nepal. Journal of Forest Research 22 (5): 274-281.

Chhetri P.K. Shrestha K.B. and Cairns D.M. 2017. Topography and human disturbances are major controlling factor in treeline pattern at Barun and Manang area in the Nepal Himalaya. Journal of Mountain Science 14 (1):119-127

Chhetri P.K. Bista R. and Cairns D.M. 2016. Population structure and dynamics of Abies spectabilis at treeline ecotone of Barun valley, Makalu Barun National Park, eastern Nepal. Acta Ecologica Sinica 36 (4): 269-274

Chhetri P.K. and Cairns D.M. 2016. Dendroclimatic response of Abies spectabilis at treeline ecotone of Barun valley, eastern Nepal Himalaya. Journal of Forestry Research 27 (5): 1163-1170

Chhetri P.K. and Cairns D.M. 2015. Contemporary and historic population structure of Abies spectabilis at treeline in Barun valley, eastern Nepal Himalaya. Journal of Mountain Science 15 (3): 558-570

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Association of Geographers (AAG)

Tree Ring Society of Nepal

Los Angeles Geographical Society (LAGS)

California Geographical Society (CGS)