Dr. Sushil Thapa joined the University of Central Missouri in August 2020 as an assistant professor of agronomy. Previously, he worked as an assistant research scientist and adjunct professor at the Texas A&M University System. Over the years, Dr. Thapa received several academic awards and scholarships, including two prestigious awards in the Texas A&M - the “Award of Excellence” from the Texas A&M AgriLife Agency and the “Special Achievement Award for Research Collaboration” from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. In 2013, he was selected for the “Future Leader Fellowship Program” by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD), Washington, D.C. He also received the Dutch Government Fellowship and Chinese Government Fellowship to pursue his higher education.
Dr. Thapa earned his Ph.D. in Systems Agriculture/Agronomy from West Texas A&M University in Texas, M.S. in Agro Ecology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and B.S. (Hons.) in Agriculture from Purbanchal University in Nepal. His teaching and research interests are focused on cropping systems, whole plant physiology, soil nutrient management, soil-plant-water-environment interaction, biotic and abiotic stress management in field and forage crops, and precision agriculture and remote sensing.
Dr. Thapa’s productivity has resulted in more than 70 publications in the forms of journal articles, book chapters, extension materials, and scientific abstracts, including 17-peer reviewed journal articles as the first author. His research results are presented in several international events, including Desert Technology International Conference, International Soil Conservation Organization Conference, and International Meetings of American Society of Agronomy. Articles are published in well-recognized venues such as Field Crops Research, Agronomy Journal, Journal of Arid environments, and Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science. Currently, Dr. Thapa is serving as the editor of the Nepalese Journal of Agricultural Sciences and editor-in-chief of Agri-Connection Newsletter. He is also a reviewer for more than 20 scientific journals of agronomy, crop physiology, climate change, and sustainable agriculture. Dr. Thapa is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, and Crop Science Society of America.