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Nilesh Timilsina

Associate Professor, Forest Biometrics
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: Lehotsky 272G
Phone: 864-656-1305

Vita: Download CV


Educational Background

Ph.D. Forest Biometrics
University of Florida 2010

M.S. Environmental Science
Florida International University 2005

M.Sc. Ecology(Zoology)
Tribhuvan University 1997

Courses Taught

ENR 3020 Natural Resource Measurements
FOR 2530 Forest Mensuration
FOR 3020 Forest Biometrics
FOR 3080 Remote Sensing
FOR 7070 Advanced Forest Biometrics
FOR 7070 Non-Parametric Techniques


Dr. Timilsina is a native of Nepal where he finished his undergraduate studies. He has research experience working in the subtropical forest of Nepal, ecosystems of Everglades National Park, slash pine ecosystem of central Florida, and northern hardwood forests of Wisconsin. His past work focused on forest ecology, growth and yield models, heart rot of sugar maple trees, biomass and bioenergy, ecosystem service (especially carbon) estimation and valuation, and urban forestry. Before coming to Clemson, Dr. Timilsina worked as an Associate Professor of Forest Mensuration and Biometrics at the College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Dr. Timilsina also serves as the Associate Editor for Urban Forestry and Urban Greening.

Research Interests

Forest measurements using remote sensing technology, growth and yield models, carbon estimation and carbon markets, spatial analysis of ecosystem services, and using statistical tools and forest models to answer forest management questions.

Lab Members

Jon Carter (Chair), MS, Started Spring 2023
Kavi Raj Awasthi (Chair), MS, Started Spring 2023
Samantha Kennet (Co-Chair), PhD, Started Fall 2023


Pears, S. E. and N. Timilsina (In Prep). Herbicide uptake (flashback) in non-target hardwood species within South Carolina floodplains.
Awasthi, K. R., N. Timilsina, N., P. Khanal, P. Hiesl, P. Layton (To be submitted to Forest Science). Spatial analysis of forest product manufacturers in relation to carbon in South Carolina.
Bethany, S., N. Timilsina, N., S. Kar (Submitted). Willingness, perceptions, and attitudes of Wisconsin school administrators in adopting woody bioenergy. Bioenergy Research.
Khadka, S., P. Hiesl, N. Timilsina, D. L. Hagan, J. L. Conrad (Under Review). The Trends and Challenges of North and South Carolina Logging Businesses. International Journal of Forest Engineering.
Kaminski, J. C., N. Timilsina, M. Demchik. 2023. Internal Rate of Return of Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) in Wisconsin. In: Kern, Christel C.; Dickinson, Yvette L., eds. Proceedings of the first biennial Northern Hardwood Conference 2021: Bridging science and management for the future. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-211. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 179–182.
Timilsina, N., Beanblossom, R., Awasthi, K. R. (2023). You Know Biltmore Stick. Do You Know Biltmore Pachymeter. Forestry Source, 28 (5), 13-13.
Clymire-Stern, E., Hauer, R. J., Hilbert, D. R., Koeser, A. K., Buckler, D., Buntrock, L., Larsen, E., Timilsina, N., Werner, L. (2022). Comparison Between Artificial and Human Estimates with Urban Tree Canopy Assessments. Land, 11(2325).
Bingqian Ma, R. J. Hauer, H. Wei, A. K. Koeser, W. Peterson, K. Simons, N. Timilsina, and L. P. Werner. 2020. An Assessment of Street Tree Diversity: Findings and Implications in the United States. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. Available online 30 August 2020, 126826
Hauer, R., A. Koeser, S. Parbs, J. Kringer, R. Krouse, K. Ottman, R. Miller, D. Svyier, N. Timilsina, and L. Werner. 2020. Long-term effects and development of a tree preservation program on tree condition, survival, and growth. Landscape and Urban Planning 193:
*Kaminski, J., M. Demchik, and N. Timilsina. 2019. Factors Relating to Dark Heart of Sugar Maple in Wisconsin. Journal of Forestry 117(3): 256-266
Hauer R. J., N. Timilsina, J. M. Vogt, *Z. Wirtz, B. Fischer, and W. Peterson. 2018. A Volunteer and Partnership Baseline for Municipal Forestry Activity in the United States. Civic Science in Urban Forestry: Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 44(2): 87-100.
Timilsina, N., *J. L. Beck, *M.S. Eames, R. Hauer, L. Werner. 2017. A comparison of local and general models of leaf area and biomass of urban trees in USA. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 24: 157-163.
*Ahmed, M. A. A., A. Abd-Elrahman, F. J. Escobedo, W. P. Cropper Jr., T. A. Martin and N. Timilsina. 2017. Spatially-explicit modeling of multi-scale drivers of aboveground forest biomass and water yield in watersheds of the Southeastern United States. Journal of Environmental Management 199: 158-171.


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