Alton Claire Byers

Geography

Alton C. Byers, Ph.D. is a mountain geographer, conservationist, and mountaineer specializing in applied research, high altitude ecosystems, climate change, glacier hazards, and integrated conservation and development programs. He received both his B.A. (1975) and doctorate (1987) from the University of Colorado, the latter focusing on landscape change, soil erosion, and vegetation dynamics in the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, Nepal. He joined The Mountain Institute (TMI) in 1990 as Environmental Advisor, and over the next 25 years worked as Co-Manager of the Makalu-Barun National Park (Nepal Programs), Founder and Director of Andean Programs, Director of Appalachian Programs, and Director of Science and Exploration. In 2015 he joined the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder as Senior Research Scientist and Faculty, and currently works on a range of research, writing, and teaching projects in the Himalayas, Andes, Appalachian, and Rocky Mountains

In 2016 he received a Fulbright Specialist award to teach mountain geography at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He currently spends between three and six months per year conducting field work in remote mountain regions of the world, dividing the remaining time between writing, mountain walking, and organic gardening. Dr. Byers has published widely on a range of scientific and popular topics, and is an author and co-editor of Mountain Geography: Human and Physical Dimensions (University of California Press at Berkeley, 2013). His most recent book is titled Khumbu Since 1950, a unique collection of historic photographs of the Mount Everest region that he has replicated over the years. In April, 2021 he was awarded the 2021-2022 Fulbright Nepal Research Award for continued work in alpine conservation and restoration work, to commence for a six-month period in June of 2022.

Ajay Bhatt

Medical Sciences

My name is Ajay Bhatt.  I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  After medical school, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia and completed my Residency in Emergency Medicine.  I have since moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and have had an interest in prehospital care, wound care, and medical education. Currently, I am affiliated with University of Hawaii at Manoa as Assistant Professor. I am the recipient of Fulbright Senior Scholar (2021-2022) and my host institution in Nepal is Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University.

Mohan Bahadur Dangi

Environmental Sciences

Mohan B. Dangi, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor in the Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning at California State University (CSU), Fresno. Currently a Fulbright Specialist at the Central Department of Environmental Science in Tribhuvan University, Nepal and Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences, Dr. Dangi is a Coleman Fellow at his home institution. Dr. Dangi, also a former Francois Fiessinger Fellow of Environmental Research and Education Foundation, was a Research Member at the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, the Johns Hopkins University from 2004 to 2009. He received AS in Physical Sciences with the highest honor of valedictorian from Central Wyoming College, BSc in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering with a minor in Asian Studies and International Politics and MSc in Environmental Science and Engineering with high honors from the Colorado School of Mines, and MS and PhD in Geography and Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He is also a registered Professional (Environmental) Engineer (PE) in the state of Colorado.

Among other recognitions, Dr. Dangi was awarded DISCOVERe fellowship and eScholar awards by CSU, Fresno, Phi Beta Delta National Student of the Year Award, American Meteorological Society Fellowship, and Trio Award in the US and Mahendra Vidhya Bhushan Gold Medal in Nepal. He has extensively studied and published work related to solid waste and environmental policy analysis covering Nepal. Dr. Dangi, a frequent visitor to the University of Wyoming and a Visiting Professor at the Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, has spent much of his career promoting educational exchanges and training programs in his native country of Nepal.