Neelam Poudyal Wins the T.J. Whatley Young Scientist Award

Picture of Neelam Poudyal with UTIA leaders

Neelam Poudyal, associate professor of Natural Resource Policy in UTIA Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, is the winner of the T.J. Whatley Distinguished Young Scientist Award.​ Pictured from left to right: Hongwei Xin, dean of UT AgResearch; Neelam Poudyal; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA.  Download image​


​​KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 2, 2019. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners and praised them for their work. “The faculty and staff of the UT Institute of Agriculture are known on campus and throughout the state as dedicated, hard-working and knowledgeable experts who provide real-life solutions to challenging issues every day,” said Cross. “The awards presented at this ceremony recognize excellence in research, education, Extension outreach as well as service programs that benefit our stakeholders. They serve as our way to express our gratitude for a job well done.”

Neelam Poudyal, associate professor of Natural Resource Policy in UTIA Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, is the winner of the T.J. Whatley Distinguished Young Scientist Award. This award is one of the most prestigious given by UTIA every year, and was established by Thomas J. Whatley, associate dean emeritus of the Agricultural Experiment Station, now known at UT AgResearch. The honor recognizes a young scientist who has fewer than 12 years of professional experience and a minimum of five years of service on the agricultural faculty.

“Receiving the T.J. Whatley Award is especially meaningful to me,” Poudyal says. “I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with exceptional colleagues, who have served as a role model or mentor and inspired me to work hard every day. I hope to continue working towards a successful career in the natural resource profession.”

Poudyal teaches courses such as Forest and Wildlife Resource Policy, and his research includes investigating economic issues in natural resource management. He combines theory with statistics and GIS information to answer questions about preserving our natural world. Poudyal was a team member on a project where the UTIA teamed with TVA for a detailed study. The findings showed TVA’s reservoir system creates nearly $12 billion in economic impact – about $1 million per shoreline mile. He also researches climate adaption and invasive species management, and collaborates with social scientists at the USDA forest service. A native of Nepal, he and his family enjoy hiking in the mountains and UT sports. 

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.

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Contacts: 

Charles Denney, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-382-8058,
cmdenney@utk.edu

Neelam Poudyal, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, 865-974-8771,
npoudyal@utk.edu