Texas A&M AgriLife Research
6500 Amarillo Blvd W
Amarillo, TX 79106
My research interests extend across integrated crop management and environmental disciplines with particular emphasis on issues related to biotic and abiotic stress on crop production, soil-water extraction and use, nutrient management, and evaluation of plant traits using high-throughput remote sensing.
Assistant Research Scientist (October 2018 – Present), Texas A&M AgriLife Research at Amarillo, Texas
Postdoctoral Research Associate (June 2016 – September 2018), Texas A&M AgriLife Research at Amarillo, Texas
Graduate Research Assistant (Aug. 2012 – May 2016), West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas
Lecturer of Crop Science (Sept. 2009 – Aug. 2012), Purbanchal University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Agriculture Officer (Jan. 2005 – Aug. 2007), Collaborative project between ICCO-the Netherlands and WOREC-Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Award of Excellence – Non-Professional Researchers/Specialists, 2017. Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Amarillo, Texas.
Special Achievement Award for Research Collaboration, 2017. Soil and Crop Sciences Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
First Place Research Award (oral), 2016; Second Place Research Award (poster), 2015; Third Place Research
Award (talk), 2014. West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas.
B.A. and Jane Ann Stewart Dryland Agriculture Scholarship, 2013, 2014 and 2015. West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas.
Future Leaders Forum Scholarship, 2013. Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD), Washington, D.C.
Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) Award, 2012. Executive Program in Project Management (21 days) at Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands.
Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) Award, 2007-2009. M.S. in Agro-ecology at Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands.
Ministry of Commerce, P.R. China Fellowship, 2006. Training on Farming Systems and Dryland Farming Techniques (60 days) at the Agricultural University of Hebei, P.R. China
PUBLICATIONS (2016 – Present)
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Thapa, S., Q. Xue, T. Marek, W. Xu, D., Porter, K. Jessup. Maize production under restricted irrigation in the Texas High Plains. Agron. J. (under review)
Thapa, S., J.C. Rudd, K.E. Jessup, M. Bhandari, S. Liu, R.N. Devkota, J. Baker, S. Baker, and Q. Xue. Use of NDVI for characterizing winter wheat response to drought in a semi-arid environment. J. Crop. Improv. (under review)
Thapa, S., Q. Xue, K.E. Jessup, J.C. Rudd, S. Liu, R.N. Devkota, and J. Baker. Soil water extraction and use by winter wheat cultivars under limited irrigation in a semi-arid environment. J. Arid Environ. (under review)
Jiang W., S. Thapa, Q. Xue, K.E. Jessup, T. Marek. Corn response to planting date in the Texas High Plains. Crop Sci. (accepted)
Shrestha, R., S. Thapa, Q. Xue, B.A. Stewart, B. Blaser, and E.K. Ashiadey. Winter wheat response to climate change under irrigated and dryland conditions in the U.S. Southern High Plains. J. Soil Water Conserv. (Accepted)
Thapa, S., Q. Xue, K.E. Jessup, J.C. Rudd, S. Liu, T.H. Marek, R.N. Devkota, J.A. Baker, S. Baker. 2019. Yield determination in winter wheat under water limited irrigation. Field Crops Res. 123:80-87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fcr.2018.12.01
Stewart, B.A., S. Thapa, Q. Xue, and R. Shrestha. 2018. Climate change effect on winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) yields in US Great Plains. J. Soil Water Conserv. 73(6):601-609.
Thapa, S., B.A. Stewart, Q. Xue, M.B. Rhoades, B. Angira, and J. Reznik. 2018. Canopy temperature, grain yield, and harvest index in corn as affected by planting geometry in a semi-arid environment. Field Crops Res. 227:110-118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fcr.2018.08.009
Thapa, S., S.K. Reddy, M.P. Fuentealba, Q. Xue, J.C. Rudd, and S. Liu. 2018. Physiological responses to water stress and yield of winter wheat cultivars differing in drought tolerance. J. Agron. Crop. Sci. 204(4):347-358. doi:10.1111/jac.12263
Thapa, S., Q. Xue, K.E. Jessup, J.C. Rudd, S. Liu, R.N. Devkota, and J. Baker. 2018. Canopy temperature depression at grain filling correlates to winter wheat yield in the U.S. Southern High Plains. Field Crops Res. 217:11-19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fcr.2017.12.005
Thapa, S., Q. Xue, K.E. Jessup, J.C. Rudd, S. Liu, G.P. Pradhan, R.N. Devkota, and J. Baker. 2017. More recent wheat cultivars extract more water from greater soil profile depths to increase yield in the Texas High Plains. Agron. J. 109:1-10. doi:10.2134/agronj2017.02.0064
Thapa, S., and E.A. Lantinga. 2017. Growing coffee in shade: A strategy to minimize the prevalence of Coffee White Stem Borer, Xylotrechus quadripes. Southwestern Entomol. 42(2): 357-362. doi: 10.3958/059.042.0205
Thapa, S., B.A. Stewart, Q. Xue, and Y. Chen. 2017. Manipulating plant geometry to improve microclimate, grain yield, and harvest index in grain sorghum. PLOS ONE 12(3): e0173511. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0173511
Thapa, S., B.A. Stewart, and Q. Xue. 2017. Grain sorghum transpiration efficiency at different growth stages. Plant Soil Environ. 63: 70-75. doi: 10.17221/796/2016-PSE
Thapa, S., B.A. Stewart, Q. Xue, P. Pokhrel, T. Barkley, and M. Bhandari. 2016. Growing corn in clumps reduces canopy temperature and improves microclimate. J. Crop Improv. 30: 614-631. doi.org/10.1080/15427528.2016.1217445
Thapa, S., and E.A. Lantinga. 2016. Infestations by Coffee White Stem Borer (Xylotrechus quadripes) in relation to soil and plant nutrient content and associated quality aspects. Southwestern Entomol. 41 (2): 331-336. doi: 10.3958/059.041.0209
Stewart, B.A., and Thapa. 2016. Dryland farming: Concept, origin, and brief history. In: Innovations in Dryland Agriculture, M. Farooq and H.M. Siddique (eds). Springer International Publishers. p. 3-29.
More than 20 scientific abstracts and presentations, and more than 10 newspaper and online articles.