Faculty and Staff

Norbu Wangdi, PhD

Norbu Wangdi, PhD

Lecturer in Land Use, Natural Resources and Conservation
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

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.

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 Projects

  • 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]


Climate Change in Remote Mountain Regions: A Throughfall-Exclusion Experiment to Simulate Monsoon Failure in the Himalayas.”

Mountain Research and Development 37(3):294-309

Soil CO 2 efflux from two mountain forests in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan: components and controls."

Biogeosciences 14(1): 99-110

The Costs of Adaptation: Changes in water availability and farmer’s responses in Punakha Disctrict, Bhutan.

International Journal of Global Warming. Inderscience Publishers Ltd. 2013.

The Costs of Adaptation in Punakha,Bhutan: Loss and damage associated with changing monsoon patterns.

United Nations University, Bonne, Germany. 2012

Competency-Based Human Resource Management Framework for Forestry Officers.

Department of Forests and Park Services. 2019.


Understanding the consequences of climate change in remote mountain regions: a roof experiment to simulate monsoon failure in the Himalayas; A case of Bhutan.

UNESCO- TWAS 14th General Conference and 28th General Meeting, Trieste, Italy [27-29th Nov 2018].

Guest Speaker, Enhancing Sustainable Forest Management and Livelihood: Approaches &Technologies

Science & Technology for Livelihood, STEM Olympiad, YDF, Thimphu [June 1, 2018]

Towards a long- term carbon neutrality in Asia- Growing importance of forestry and land use management; A case of Bhutan

Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet) 6th Annual Meeting, 1-3 November 2017, Bangkok, Thailand.

Country experience on water and climate change – Bhutan

, National Adaptation Plan Expo 2017 Asia, Advancing National Adaptation Plans in Asia, Seoul, South Korea [11-12 September 2017]