Janardan Mainali

Visiting Teacher-Scholar Fellow

Janardan Mainali uses spatial and quantitative tools to explore socio-ecological systems. He has broad training in ecology, human and physical geography, hydrology, and geospatial analysis. His current research works are focused in exploring spatial patterns of water quality and quantity with the landscape features and socio-environmental vulnerability to sea level rise.

  • Ph.D. (2020) in Earth, Environment, and Society, Portland State University, USA
  • MS (2016) in Geosciences, University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA
  • MS (2009) in Plant Ecology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal




Janardan was born and raised in a remote mountainous village in Nepal. He was motivated to explore natural systems and their relationships to society from his upbringing in a farming household. He finished his high school from the village there and completed his BS and MS from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study a second MS at University of North Carolina Wilmington. He received Ph.D. from Portland State University.
He is a member of American Association of Geographers and American Geophysical Union. He wishes to foster a broad relationship within and beyond the Stetson community by collaborative research, service, and teaching.

More About Janardan Mainali

Area of Expertise

  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Remote Sensing
  • Socioecological Systems
  • Disaster and Hazard Vulnerability
  • Water Quality

Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Environmental Science and Studies
  • Geographic Information System
  • Climate Adaptation and Planning
  • Statistics for Environmental Professionals

  • Janardan's research experience includes vegetation response to climate change in the Himalayas, climate vulnerability and adaptation mapping in different parts of the world, and spatial statistical approaches to modeling water quality. He is also involved in various multidisciplinary research including narrative analysis in socioecological systems and community resilience. At Stetson Janardan is involved in Institute of Water and Environmental Resilience's various research projects including vulnerability and adaptation analysis of South-East United States and various environmental research projects involving counties and cities in Florida.

  • Mainali J, Chang H (2020). Putting space into modeling landscape and water quality relationships in the Han River basin, South Korea. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 2020 May; 81:101461.
  • Mainali J, Chang H and Chun Y (2019) A review of spatial statistical approaches to modeling water quality. Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment: 030913331985200. DOI: 10.1177/0309133319852003.
  • Mainali J and Chang H (2018). Landscape and anthropogenic factors affecting spatial patterns of water quality trends in a large river basin, South Korea. Journal of Hydrology. 564: 26-40.
  • Chang H, Allen D, Morse J, Mainali J (2018). Sources of contaminated flood sediments in a rural-urban catchment: Johnson Creek, Oregon. Journal of Flood Risk Management. DOI 10.1111/jfr3.12496
  • Mainali J and Pricope NG (2018) Mapping the need for adaptation: assessing drought vulnerability using the livelihood vulnerability index approach in a mid-hill region of Nepal. Climat e and Development. DOI 10.1080/17565529.2018.1521329
  • Mainali J and Pricope NG (2017). Geospatial datasets in support of high-resolution spatial assessment of population vulnerability to climate change in Nepal. Data in Brief. 12:459-462
  • Mainali J and Pricope NG (2017). High-Resolution Spatial Assessment of Population Vulnerability to Climate Change in Nepal. Applied Geography. 82: 66-82 DOI 10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.03.008
  • Hoffman B, Feakins SJ, Bookhagen B, Olen SM, Adhikari DP, Mainali J, and Sachse D (2016) Climatic and geomorphic drivers of plant organic matter transport in the Arun River, E Nepal. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 452: 104-114
  • Mainali J, All J, Jha PK and Bhuju DR (2015) Responses of Montane Forest to Climate Variability in the Central Himalayas of Nepal. Mountain Research and Development. 35(1):66-77
  • Bhuju DR, Shrestha DB, Mainali J, Jati R, Yonjon PS, Pradhan A, Adhikary U (2013) Integrating Adaptation Plan at Local Level to Build Climate Change Resilienc e of Mountain People in Nepal. Glacial Flooding & Risk Management Knowledge Exchange and Filed Training. July 11-24, 2013 in Huaraz Peru