Sijan Sapkota

Sijan Sapkota obtained his first degree in Mathematical Sciences from Tribhuvan University (Nepal) and an M.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas. In 1992, he received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette. After graduate school, he held an adjunct faculty position and taught mathematics and statistics classes at UL-Lafayette. Since 1994, he has been employed as a Statistician at the National Wetlands Research Center, at first through the contract service then with the Federal employment. Dr. Sapkota’s interest and experience include statistical analysis of bio-geo databases instituted through various restoration projects and to evaluate and monitor coastal ecosystems including wetlands and their habitats through such analysis.

Biography

 Areas of Specialization: Statistical analysis, data management and programming of bio-geo and ecological data. Professional History: 2011-present    Statistician, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, Louisiana. 2006-11            IT-Specialist/Statistician, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, Louisiana. 1994-06            Statistician III, IAP World Services (formerly Johnson Controls Inc.) at the National Wetlands Research Center. 1992-94            Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 1988-92            Teaching Assistant, Department of Statistics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.      Education: 1992             Ph.D. Department of Statistics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 1987             M.S. in Statistics. Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas. 1979             Degree in Mathematical Sciences, Major in Statistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.   Honors and Awards: USGS Performance Award, October 2008. Gold Level Customer Satisfaction Award – IAP Worlds Services, July 2006 10-Year Service Award – Johnson Controls Inc., July 2004. Gold Level Customer Satisfaction Award – Johnson Controls Inc., April 2004. Silver-Dollar Customer Satisfaction Award – Johnson Controls Inc., October 2003. Peer Recognition Award – Johnson Controls World Services, January 2002. 5-Year Service Award – Johnson Controls World Services, August 1999. Process Improvement Award – Johnson Controls World Services, August 1998. Fulbright Scholarship Award – Institute of International Education, August 1985.            Scientific Service: Statistical analyst and team member of Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) of NWRC’s Spatial Analysis Branch since 2011. Statistical analyst and team member of Coastal Ecology Group of NWRC’s Coastal Restoration Assessment Branch since 2002. Statistical analyst for various remotely sensed (optical TM-satellites and radars) spectral, temporal, and spatial data for wetland classification, coastal zonation and inundation extent, impacts on coastal and adjacent areas due to storms/hurricanes, marsh burns, brown marsh, invasive spices, and coastal change analysis programs (C-CAP) from 1994 till 2002. Reviewer of statistical contents of study plans and manuscripts within and outside NWRC since 1994. Statistical reviewer of the journal of Environmental Management since 2005. Experience Related to Ecological Data analysis, Programming, and Data Management: Conducted statistical analyses including hypotheses testing, graphical presentations, tabulations, and summary results in preparing scientific reports for the following coastal Louisiana restoration projects of the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA): Cote-Blanche Hydrology Restoration Project Freshwater Bayou Wetlands Restoration Project Caernarvon Water Diversion Project East Mud Lake Marsh Management Project Davis Pond Water Diversion Project Houma Navigation Canal Project