Shital Poudyal

Plants, Soils and Climate

Assistant Professor | Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

Shital Poudyal

Contact Information

Office Location: AGRS 337, USU Logan Campus
Phone: 435-797-1295

Educational Background

Other, College Teaching, Michigan State University, 2020
PhD, Horticulture, Michigan State University, 2020
MS, Agronomy, University of Wyoming, 2015
BS, Agriculture, Tribhuvan University, 2011


Horticulture, Plant Physiology, Water Conservation, Water Quality, Sustainability


Dr. Poudyal received his doctoral degree from Michigan State University in 2020. His research focuses on developing sustainable management practices for landscape and nursery plants, emphasizing water conservation. He aims to evaluate and understand physiological, morphological, and biochemical responses of various ornamentals subjected to irrigation with unconventional water sources and develop effective techniques to protect surface and groundwater resources by reducing agrochemicals runoff. He collaborates with various public and private entities to share knowledge on water conservation and conservative irrigation practices.

Research Interests

Dr. Poudyal aims to develop best management practices on efficient irrigation of landscape nursery plants, identify and promote unconventional water sources for irrigation and protect surface and groundwater quality by lowering agrochemicals runoff.


Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas outstanding service award, 2022

Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas


Applied Ornamental Horticulture Research and Extension, 2022 - Ongoing
Education on waterwise landscape design and efficient irrigation, 2022 - Ongoing
Master Gardener Program, 2021 - 2030
Webinars on water efficient landscaping and water conservation , 2021 - 2026
Educating nursery growers and garden centers, 2022 - 2025
Educating and training nursery industry to recycling irrigation return flow, 2022 - 2024

Graduate Students Mentored

Anju Chaudhary, Plants, Soils, and Climate, September 2022
Jenny Koller, Plants, Soils, and Climate, January 2022
Saroj Burlakoti, Plants, Soils, and Climate, January 2022