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Keshav Basnet
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Keshav Basnet, PhD
ORISE Postdoc




I joined the National Laboratory for Agriculture and The Environment, USDA-ARS, as an ORISE postdoc in January 2023. My current research focuses on development, testing, and application of a system dynamics model that can be used as a decision support tool to assess multi-dimensional performance of a complex agroecosystem in the U.S. Midwest. I am investigating how an innovative farm management strategy of coupling cover crops into integrated crop-livestock system (ICLS) supports viability of transitioning monoculture production system in the U.S. Midwest to ICLS and how these practices respond with future climate. I obtained my Diploma and Undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering from Nepal. I earned my MS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2010. I investigated unsteady flow physics around an obstacle in my MS thesis and PhD dissertation. After completion of my PhD study in Civil Engineering from The University of Iowa in 2015, I worked as a Postdoc in the University of Tennessee and then as an Assistant Professor in the Tribhuvan University of Nepal. My research area was focused on watershed management and flood management by performing hydrologic and hydraulic modeling including CFD. Before coming to Ames, I was working in the research field of Self-Cleaning Culverts at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, The University of Iowa. Besides my carrier, I enjoy traveling with my family.