Suraj Upadhya

Suraj Upadhya

  • Postdoc Research Associate


Contact Info

539 Science II, 2310 Pammel Dr

Area of Expertise

  • Human-dimensions of natural resources
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Landscape Ecology


  • Ph.D., Integrative Conservation of Nature and Forestry, University of Georgia, 2019
  • M.S., Forestry, University of Kentucky, 2015
  • B.S., Forestry, Tribhuvan University, 2012

Background:  My academic and professional’s goals are to explore the dynamic relationship between natural resources and people, ensure the sustainability of natural resources in developed and developing countries, and channel my research to benefit the underprivileged population. I believe that emerging challenges associated with environmental change at multiple scales span disciplinary boundaries and necessitate interdisciplinary approaches to better our understanding of social-ecological dimensions. My academic research has trained me to integrate theories from social and natural sciences and use intensive fieldwork with complex modeling approaches to produce comprehensive research on socio-ecological sustainability.

Research Interests: Broadly, my research interests include human-dimensions of natural resources, social-ecological systems, ecosystem services, sustainability, application of GIS and remote sensing in natural resource management, land use and land cover change analysis, landscape ecology, coexistence, and conservation. At  Iowa State University, I will be working on the C-CHANGE project.

Personal Interests: When I am not analyzing data or writing manuscript, you will find me bird watching or walking around with a camera taking pictures of nature.