Dr. Hemanta Kafley – Visiting Assistant Professor


Hemanta Kafley, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Courses Offered


  • WSES 2405 Ecology for Natural Resource Managers (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
  • WSES 3305 GIS for Natural Resource Science (Fall 2016)
  • WSES 3386 Human Dimensions of F&W Management (Spring 2017)
  • WSES 4302 Habitat Management (Spring 2017)

Research And Scholarly Activities

Research Activities

  • Habitat occupancy study of carnivores in the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) Nepal (2010-current)
  • Analysis of sustainable financing mechanisms for tiger conservation program in Nepal, (Consultant WWF Nepal Program, 2013-2014)
  • Population dynamics of wood mouse in Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire, Oxford, UK, 2009
  • Rhino habitat evaluation and suitability assessment in Chitwan National Park, 2008
  • Habitat suitability assessment of Rhinoceros unicornis in Dudhwa National Park India: A geospatial approach, 2007
  • A survey of herpetofaunal diversity in Shey Phoksundo National Park Nepal, 2006

Scholarly Activities

  • Mapping of Illegal wild animal/plant trade routes in Chitwan Annapurna Landscape, Nepal (Consultancy agreement with WWF Nepal Program and Nepal Nature Foundation), 2015
  • Tiger census (Camera trapping) 2008, 2011, 2013 in Chitwan National Park Nepal
  • Gharial crocodile release and monitoring project Nepal, 2008 & 2009
  • Snow Leopard monitoring program in Shey Phoksundo National Park Nepal, 2006
  • An assessment of conflicts in community forestry in Nepal: Key issues and potential solutions in common property resource management in Sankhuwasabha, Nepal, 2006
  • A field study identifying indicators for successful community forestry program: A case study from Kaski, Nepal, 2004


Refereed Publications

  • Kafley, H., Gompper, M., Sharma, M., Lamichhane, B.R., and Maharjan, R. (2016). Tigers (Panthera tigris) respond to fine spatial-scale habitat factors: Occupancy-based habitat association of tigers in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Wildlife Research 43 (5): 398-410.
  • Kafley, H., Gompper, M., Khadka, M., Sharma, M., Maharjan, R., and Thapaliya, BP. (2015). Population viability analysis of rhinos Rhinoceros unicornis in Nepal. Zoology and Ecology 25 (4): 288-294. (R)
  • Kafley, H., Gompper, M., Spinelli, F., Poudel, K.L., and Thapaliya, B.P. (2014). Alternative financing schemes for tiger conservation in Nepal. Wildlife Biology in Practice 10 (2): 155-167.
  • Dinerstein, E., E. Wikramanayake, J. Seidensticker, S. Lumpkin, B. Pandav, M. Shrestha, H. Mishra, J. Ballou, A. Johnsing, I. Chestin, S. Sunarto, P. Thinley, K. Thapa, S. Elagupillay, G. Jian, H. Kafley, N. Pradhan, K. Jigme, S. Teak, P. Cutter, M. Aziz and U. Than (2011). A landscape-based conservation strategy to double the wild tiger population. Conservation Letters 4(3): 219-227.

Non-Refereed Publications

  • Kafley, H., Khadka, M., and Sharma, M. (2009). Habitat evaluation and suitability modeling of Rhinoceros unicornis in Chitwan National Park: A geospatial approach. Proceedings of the XIII World Forestry Congress 18-23 Oct, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Thapaliya, B., Khadka, M., and Kafley, H. (2009). Population Status and Distribution of Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) in Nepal. The Initiation 2(1): 1-11, SUFFREC, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Professional Affiliations & Accreditations

  • Member, The Wildlife Society (2015 – Current)
  • President- Nepal Nature Foundation, a youth-led NGO working in nature conservation sector in Nepal (2013 – current)
  • Associate member- Sigma Xi (2012 – current)
  • Member- Society for Conservation Biology (2011 – current)
  • Member- Golden Key Honor Society (2011- current)


  • PhD, University of Missouri, USA
  • PG Dip, University of Oxford, UK
  • PG Dip, Center for Space Science & Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific, India
  • BS, Tribhuvan University, Institute of Forestry, Nepal