Norbu Wangdi, Ph.D.


Lecturer in Mountain Ecology






Ph.D. Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

Master's of Science in Forestry
Indira Gandhi National Forests Academy, Dehradun, Uttaranchal, India

Bachelor's of Science in Life Sciences
Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Trashigang, Bhutan

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Faculty Profile

I started my career as a Forestry Officer in 2008 under the Department of Forests and Park Services, Royal Government of Bhutan. In 2010, I joined the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment and lead the Water and Climate program. While at the Institute, I served as the Dean of Academic Affairs and member of the National Water Resource Board of Bhutan. I also served as the Chief Forestry Officer of Forest Resources Management Division under the Department of Forests and Park Services. Prior to joining the SFS, I worked as Project Coordinator at the Royal Society Protection of Nature- a pioneer environmental NGO in Bhutan.
I am a trained forest manager and also have a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Life Sciences from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria.
I also work as a Principal Scientist-Resource Management at the Bhutan Ecological Society.

Academics & Research

Professional Affiliations

  • UNESCO- The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Affiliate
  • TWAS- Young Researchers Affiliate Network
  • Reviewer - Sherub Doenme: The Research Journal of Sherubtse College

Research Interests

I am interested to explore the long-term societal impacts of climate change on biodiversity conservation and solutions for enhancing ecosystem and community resilience in Bhutan.

Grants & Awards

  • Dedicated Civil Service Award 2018 “ Bronze Medal” [10 Years dedicated Service to ‘Tsa Wa
    Sum’, King Country and the People of Bhutan]
  • UNESCO -The World Academy of Sciences -Young Affiliate 2018-2022.
  • Young Leader Science and Technology in Society Forum (STS Forum), Kyoto, Japan [2019]
  • Outputs


    Science & Technology for Livelihood, STEM Olympiad, YDF, Thimphu [June 1, 2018]
    Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet) 6th Annual Meeting, 1-3 November 2017, Bangkok, Thailand.
    , National Adaptation Plan Expo 2017 Asia, Advancing National Adaptation Plans in Asia, Seoul, South Korea [11-12 September 2017]