Raj Kumar Koirala (PhD)
Position: PhD Candidate

Email: r.k.koirala@massey.ac.nz
Phone: + 64 9 4140800 ext 41520

Education:
Msc Zoology (Ecology) , Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Publications:
• Koirala R.K; A.Aryal, A.Parajuli, & D.Raubenheimer 2012. Human-common leopard (Panthera pardus) conflict in lower belt of Annapurna conservation area, Nepal. Journal of Research in Conservation Biology 1: 005-012.
• Koirala R.K; A.Aryal, C. Amiot, B Adhikari & D.Raubenheimer 2012. Genetic identification of carnivore scat: implication of dietary information for human–carnivore conflict in the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal. Zoology and Ecology 22:3-4.
• Aryal A, D. Brunton, R. Pandit ,T. K Shrestha, J. Lord , R. K Koirala, Y. B Thapa, B. Adhikari, W. Ji and D. Raubenheimer 2012. Biological diversity and management regimes of the northern Barandabhar Forest Corridor: an essential habitat for ecological connectivity in Nepa. Tropical Conservation Science Vol 5, No 1.
• Subedi,A; A. Aryal, R.K Koirala, Y. P Timilsina, X. Meng, F. McKenzie, 2012. Habitat Ecology of Himalayan Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster) in Manaslu Conservation Area, Nepal. Int. J. Zool. Res., 8: 81-89.
• Aryal, A; T.K.Shrestha, A.Ram, R.K Koirala,.& D. Raubenheimer 2011. Call to conserve the wild water buffalo(Bubalus arnee) in Nepal. International Journal Of Conservation Science 2(4): 261-268.
• Giri, S; A.Aryal, , R.K. Koirala, , B. Adhikar & D. Raubenheimer 2011. Feeding Ecology and Distribution of Himalayan Serow (Capricornis thar) in Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal. World Journal of Zoology 6 (1): 80-85.

Fundings:
• Institute of natural and Mathematical sciences, Massey University fee scholarships
• Rufford Small grant
• Chester Zoo grant


Research:
My research background is in the ecology and conservation of Asian mammals in the foothills of the Nepalese Himalaya. My research interest is in understanding the feeding ecology of both large carnivores and herbivores.
My current project is on diet, nutrition and human wildlife interaction in Nepal focusing on Asian elephant.


Supervisors / Supervisions:
Weihong Ji ( Main Supervisor)
Senior Lecturer
Massey University

Prof David Raubenheimer (Co- Supervisor)
Sydney University

Jessica Rothman (Co-supervisor)
Hunter College, City University New York.