Raj Shrestha, Ph.D., has been working at the Ohio State University since 2004 on diverse research and extension projects focusing on soil fertility, integrated nutrient management, soil quality, carbon and nitrogen dynamics and balance, soil conservation practices (no-tillage, cover crop, soil amendment, and biochar), reclaimed mine soils, carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes, and crop production (especially corn, soybean, and barley). Currently, Dr. Shrestha’s research at the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science focuses on “Development and evaluation of pathways to net-zero emission cropping systems” and “Nitrogen management to maximize yield and quality of malting barley.”
Prior to joining Ohio State, Dr. Shrestha focused his work on water quality, nutrient management, nitrogen and carbon budget, biological nitrogen fixation, and GHG emissions on wheat, rice, and potato during his tenure as a visiting Scientist at the International Rice Research Institute at the Philippines, Soil Scientist and Rice-Wheat Coordinator at the Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Wisconsin, and Research Scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He received Research Excellence Award from International Rice Research Institute, Outstanding Research and Development Paper Award from the Department of Agriculture, Philippines, and the Best Ph.D. Thesis Finalist Award from The Honor Society of Agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta at the University of the Philippines. He was also awarded with the Mahendra Bidhya Bhusan Gold Medal by then Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Saha Dev of Nepal. He has authored and co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and educational materials.
When did you start working for OSU?
What do you like to do in your free time?
Walk and enjoy nature, spent time with family and friends, and play table tennis.