Peer-reviewed journal articles ( (for all publications, primary author is listed first)
Shrestha, M., A York, C. Boone, and S. Zhang. 2012. Land Fragmentation due to Rapid Urbanization in the Metropolitan Phoenix Area: Analyzing the Spatiotemporal Patterns and Drivers. Applied Geography, 32(2): 522-531. DOI:10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.04.004,
York, A., M. Shrestha, C. Boone, and S. Zhang. 2011. Land Fragmentation under Rapid Urbanization: A Cross-site Comparative Analysis. Urban Ecosystems, 14 (3): 429–455. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-011-0157-8, 2011
Shrestha, M., 2007. The Human Dimensions of Land-use and Land-cover Change in Lamjung, Nepal. Himalaya, 25(1-2): 42-43.
Article in revision
S. Zhang, A York, C. Boone, and M Shrestha. Methodological Advances in the Spatial Analysis of Land Fragmentation. Submitted to Professional Geographer.
Published Conference Proceedings
Shrestha, M. 2007. The Human Dimensions of Land Change in Lamjung District, Nepal. In the Proceedings of the 2nd Himalayan Policy Research Conference. Madison, Wisconsin. Albuquerque, NM: The Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico.
Shrestha, M. 2006. Mountain Agriculture and Land-cover Change in the Nepal Himalaya. In Global Change in Mountain Regions, edited by Martin F. Price, pp. 232-233. Duncow, UK: Sapiens Publishing
2007. The Kuhls of Kangra: Community-managed Irrigation in the Western Himalaya (by J. M. Baker 2005). Himalaya (formerly The Himalayan Research Bulletin) 26(1-2): 68-69
Editorials and Opinions
York, A., S. Zhang, C. Boone, M. Shrestha. 2009. Landscape Fragmentation under Rapid Urbanization. Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Viewpoints 1(2): 20-24.
Dissertation and Thesis
2007. PhD dissertation: Smallholders, Mountain Agriculture and Land Change in Lamjung District, Nepal. Dept. of Anthropology. Submitted to Graduate School, University of Georgia, Athens
1997. Masters thesis: Land-use, Poor People, and Livelihoods in the Middle Hills of Nepal. Program for International Development and Social Change. Submitted to Graduate School, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Working Papers, Technical Reports and Monographs
2000. The Land-use Change, Livelihood and Social Exclusion Nexus in Nepal submitted to the Robert McNamara Fellowship Program of the World Bank, Washington DC
1998. Self-help Banking Program and Women’s Empowerment submitted to the Centre for Self-help Development (CSD), Kathmandu, Nepal.
A Comparative Analysis of Land Fragmentation and Socioecological Gradienst. Department of Geography, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kasas. October 9, 2009.
Studying Land Change in Mountains: Lamjung District of Nepal as a Case Example. The CAP LTER, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe. October 3, 2008.
Professional Paper and Poster Presentations
Paper (Shrestha, M., A. York, S. Zhang, and C. Boone): Rapid Urbanization and Land Fragmentation in the US Southwest: A Socio-ecological Gradient Analysis. The International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change – The Global Land Project, October 15 – 19, Tempe, Arizona, 2010.
Paper: Contending Institutions and Reconfiguration in Common-pool Resource Management in Lamjung, Nepal. The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) North America Regional Meeting, September 30 – October 2, Tempe, Arizona, 2010
Poster (Shrestha, M., A. York, C. Boone and S. Zhang): Rapid Urbanization and Land Fragmentation: A cross-site comparative analysis. The 12th Annual Symposium of CAP LTER, Arizona State University, 2010
Poster (Zhang, S., A. York, C. Boone, and M. Shrestha). Methodological Issues in Land Fragmentation Gradient Analysis. The 12th Annual Symposium of CAP LTER, ASU, 2010
Paper: Agricultural Change and Livelihood Security in Lamjung, Nepal, the 108th Annual Conference of American Anthropological Association (AAA), Philadelphia, PA. December, 2009.
Poster (M. Shrestha, S. Zhang, A. York, and C. Boone): Socioecological Gradients and Land Fragmentation: A Cross-site Comparative Analysis. Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) All Scientists Meeting, Estes Park, CO. September 13-16, 2009
Paper: Assessing Vulnerability to Glaciers Retreat and Food Shortage in the Nepal Himalaya, the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Santa Fe, NM. March 2009
Paper: Food Security and Vulnerability in Lamjung, Nepal: A Focus on the Likely Impact of Climate Change on Mountain Agriculture, the 107th Annual Conference of American Anthropological Association (AAA), San Franscisco, CA. November 2008
Paper: Globalization, Mountain Agriculture and Livelihoods in Lamjung, Nepal, the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Memphis, TN.
Paper: Smallholder Land-use Change and Agro-diversity in Lamjung, Nepal. The 106th Annual Conference of American Anthropological Association (AAA), Washington, DC. December 2007
Paper: Community Forestry and the Changing Context of Smallholding in Lamjung, Nepal. The 36th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. October 2007
Paper: The Human Dimensions of Land Change in Lamjung, Nepal. The 2nd Himalyan Policy Research Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. October 2007
Paper: Accuracy Assessment of Land-cover Mapping in Lamjung District, Nepal. American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Conference, Tampa, FL. May 2007
Paper: The Institutional Context of Agrarian Change in Lamjung District, Nepal. The Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Tampa, FL. April 2007
Paper: Integrated Land History: Analyzing the Cultural Context of Agricultural Change in Lamjung of Nepal. The 105th Annual Conference of AAA, San Jose, CA. November 2006
Poster: Land-use and Land-cover Change in Agricultural Areas: The Example of Lamjung, Nepal. The Academy of the Environment Symposium, UGA, Athens, GA. October 2006
Paper: Integrated Land History and Land-cover Change in Lamjung, Nepal. The 35th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. October 2006
Paper: Integrating Satellite Data with Household and Community Data to Detect Land-use and Land-cover Change in Lamjung, Nepal. The ASPRS 2006 Annual Conference in Reno, NV. May 2006
Poster: Smallholders Land-use Strategies and Land-cover Change in the Nepal Himalaya: Integrating Household and Community Data with Remote Sensing Applications. The NASA Land-cover and Land-use Change (LCLUC) Science Team Meeting, April 11-13 2006, MD.
Paper: Ethnoecology of Land-use and Land-cover: An Application in Community-based Natural Resources Management. The Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Vancouver, Canada. March 2006
Paper: Mountain Agriculture and Land-cover Change in the Nepal Himalaya. The Open Science Conference: Global Change in the Mountain Regions, Perth, Scotland. October 2005
Paper: Land-use and Land-cover Change in the Nepal Himalaya: Revisiting the Verticality Concept. Thematic workshop “Process Studies along Altitudinal Gradients to Serve Conservation and Sustainable Development, ” Samedan, Switzerland. July 2005
Paper: Smallholders’ Land-use Choices and Mountain Farming Systems. The Annual Meeting of SfAA, Portland, OR. March 2003
Paper: Land-use/cover Change and Livelihood Diversification: Characterizing Mountain Agriculture Systems of Nepal. The Annual Meeting of the SfAA, Atlanta, GA.
Poster: The Land Use Change, Livelihood and Social Exclusion Nexus in the Nepal Himalayas. The International Mountain Research Symposium sponsored by Grenoble Pôle Européen Universitaire et Scientifique, Grenoble, France. June 2000