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Buddhi (Raj) Gyawali, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geospatial Applications and Human Dimensions College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment Cooperative Extension
Cooperative Extension BuildingRoom 225400 East Main St.Frankfort, KY 40601(502) 597-6029


Dr. Buddhi Raj Gyawali is a tenured Associate Professor of geospatial applications at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY USA since January 2012. He received a B.S. in Agriculture from Tribhuvan University, Nepal; an M.A. in International Development from Clark University, Worcester, MA; an M.S. in Agribusiness Management, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from Alabama A&M University in 2007. Dr. Gyawali currently teaches Introduction to GIS, Climate Change Studies, and Remote Sensing of Environment to graduate and undergraduate students.  He is also the lead scientist of Geospatial Intelligence and Environmental Security; Coordinator of Masters in Environmental Science (Online program), and Director of Summer Apprenticeship Programs (SAP) at Kentucky State University.

Dr. Gyawali has experience in developing and securing multidisciplinary competitive grants (over 2.9 million in the last six years) from the USDA and National Science Foundation (NSF). These grants have been instrumental in designing and implementing major curricula, classroom methods, laboratory instrumentation, and generating research stipends for undergraduate and graduate students. With his research grants, He was able to create stipends for 12 graduate students for their M.S. thesis research, over 30 undergraduate STEM majors to participate in experiential research projects, and about 85 high school rising juniors to participate in Summer Apprenticeship Program (SAP) at Kentucky State university since 2014. Dr. Gyawali’s research uses geospatial techniques and spatial data to study the human-environment relationship, land cover change and microclimate variation, water and soil quality, agroecosystems, regional poverty, farm diversifications, succession, efficiency, and, sustainability and adoption of geospatial technologies. He has received numerous awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service from the USDA Office of Outreach and Advocacy, Southern Rural Sociological Association, and Alabama A&M and Kentucky State Universities. Dr. Gyawali belongs to several professional societies. Dr. Gyawali has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals and served in multiple peer review panels organized by United States Department of Agriculture,  National Science Foundation (NSF) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Southern- Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education (SARE).

Dr. Gyawali belongs to several professional societies and he is a member of the KY Governor’s Geographic Information Advisory Council and President-Elect for Southern Rural Sociology Association

Academic History

Specializes in Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing Applications, Climate Studies, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Farm Diversification and Sustainability,