Dr Surya Kumar Maharjan

Address: Institute of Forestry – Hetauda Campus, Hetauda-10, Makawanpur, Bagmati, Nepal
Contact Details : surya.maharjan@hc.tu.edu.np
Appointed Subject: Forest Ecology
Department: Silviculture and Forest Biology

Education: PhD

Interested areas: Climate change adaptation, Ecological forest management, Ecological restoration Functional ecology, Gradient analysis, Species distribution modelling

Research and publication:

Peer reviewed

  • Dhami B., Bhusal A., Adhikari B., Miya M.S., Maharjan S.K., Neupane D. & Adhikari H. 2023. Habitat suitability and conflict zone mapping for the Blue Bull (Boselaphus tragocamelus) across Nepal. Animals 13(5): 937. Doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/ani13050937
  • Maharjan S.K., Sterck F.J., Raes N., Zhao Y. & Poorter L. 2023. Climate change induced elevational range shifts of Himalayan tree species. Biotropica 55(1):53-69. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/btp.13159
  • Maharjan S.K., Sterck F.J., Raes N. & Poorter L. 2022. Temperature & soils predict the distribution of plant species along the Himalayan elevatonal gradient. Journal of Tropical Ecology 38: 58-70. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S026646742100050X
  • Thapa Chhetri V., Jha P. & Maharjan S.K. 2021. Medicinal Plants Used in COVID-19 Pandemic in Buddhabhumi Municipality, Kapilvastu, Nepal. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 22(26):1-19. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.32859/era.22.26.1-19
  • Maharjan S.K., Sterck F.J., Dhakal B.P., Makri M. & Poorter L. 2021. Functional traits shape tree species distribution in the Himalayas. Journal of Ecology, 00: 1-17. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13759
  • Maharjan S.K., Poorter L., Holmgren M., Bongers F., Wieringa J.J. & Hawthorne W.D. 2011. Plant Functional Traits & the Distribution of West African Rain Forest Trees along the Rainfall Gradient. Biotropica, 43: 552–561. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2010.00747.x


  • Maharjan S.K., Pandey P.N. & Gurung B.D. 2015. Three decades of community forestry in Nepal – journey from meeting demands of rural communities to building robust civil society institutions. Technical paper accepted in XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, 7-11 September 2015. Available online at: http://foris.fao.org/wfc2015/api/file/5534f3b5c13f7d133fb630be/contents/95e8db59-b2ce-4185-a67d-6732ee77f787.pdf
  • Jha P. & Maharjan S.K. 2013. Human Elephant Conflict (HEC) Status in Sarlahi, Nepal. In DNPWC. Biodiversity Conservation Efforts in Nepal, pp. 62-70. Department of National Parks & Wildlife Conservation, Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Sharma B.K., Timalsina K., Rai R., Maharjan S.K., Joshi A. & Rakhal B. 2013. Biodiversity Resource Inventory – Ecosystem Assessment of Bhadaure Tamagi VDC, Kaski, pp 87. IUCN Nepal, Kupondole, Lalitpur, Nepal.
  • Niraula R.R. & Maharjan S.K. 2011. Forest Cover Change Analysis in Dolakha District (1990-2010): Application of GIS & Remote Sensing, pp. 53. Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project/SDC/Intercooperation, Nepal.
  • Maharjan S.K. 2010. Feasibility of Non-Timber Forest Products Commercialization in Okhaldhunga District – In Nepali, pp. 40. Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project/SDC/Intercooperation, Nepal.
  • Maharjan S.K., Poorter L. & Holmgren M. 2009. Role of Functional Traits in the Distribution of West African Rainforest Plant Species, pp. 73. MSc Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Science in Forest & Nature Conservation, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands & Master of Science in Agriculture & Forestry, University of Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland.
  • Maharjan S.K. & Awasthi K.D. 2006. Investigation of Triggering Factors on Landslide Occurrence & Landslide Hazard Zonation – A GIS-based approach, pp. 95. BSc thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Institute of Forestry, Pokhara Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.


  • Preparation of river system integrated resource management plan – East Rapti-1, Narayani-4, Binayi, East Rapti-3 (Manahari-Churlin) and Thute-Shikharbas Khola River System (Mar, 2023 onwards)
  • Developing a green recovery financing plan of the forest user groups for post-COVID-19 recovery (July 2022 onwards)
  • A Study of Forest Management Systems of Productive Forests in Lumbini Province, Nepal (Apr-Jun, 2022)

Experience :

Worked with several national and international organizations in 10+ years for the capacity building of forest user groups, communities and partner organizations on sustainable forest management, climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation and forest-based livelihoods improvement. To list few:

  • Rupantaran Nepal
  • ECARDS Nepal
  • IOD-PARC, UK & Nepal
  • ADRA Nepal
  • MinErgy Nepal
  • Machhapuchhre Consultancy, Pokhara
  • Forest Action Nepal
  • Green Governance Nepal
  • Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project
  • WWF Nepal