Jay P Sah – STAR Fellow

Dr. Jay P. Sah is a plant community ecologist, and he is working as a Research Associate Professor with the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Institute of Water and Environment (InWE) at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL, USA. He is also an Affiliate Graduate Faculty in the Department of Earth and Environment, and a Project Collaborator in Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE-LTER) Program. Dr. Sah is highly acknowledged by the scientific community, and his primary research interest is in wetland ecology and management, vegetation-environmental relationships, vegetation dynamics in response to environmental changes caused by natural and anthropogenic disturbances, biodiversity conservation, and interdisciplinary approaches to natural resource ecology and management. Currently, Dr. Sah works on vegetation responses to changes in hydrological regimes and fire. He also investigates ecosystem processes and their management implications in marl prairies and the tree islands in freshwater Everglades, the coastal wetlands of the Southeast Saline Everglades, the tropical and sub-tropical upland forests of the Miami Rock Ridge and adjacent islands, and the floodplains in the protected areas of Nepal.

Dr. Sah took his first step in his professional life as an assistant lecturer at Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University, Nepal after earning his M.Sc. in botany from the same Department. During his tenure at the Tribhuvan University, he received a scholarship from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand where he pursued a 2nd master’s degree in natural resource management. At AIT, he was awarded the James A. Linen III Memorial Prize for securing the highest marks in the graduating class of 1993 in Interdisciplinary Natural Resource Development and Management program. His scientific accomplishments reached a new height when he attended Florida International University (FIU), USA, where he got his Ph.D. in biology in 2002. Thereafter, at the same university, he joined Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) and pursued his academic career that has continued till present. First, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate from 2002 to 2003,  and then as visiting research from 2003 to 2007. After serving as a research associate/faculty member for another six years, he was honored with a Ten-Year Service Award by the university in Fall 2013. In addition, he was awarded the Research Excellence Award by the College of Arts, Science, and Education (CASE) of Florida International University in fall 2017, and more recently Fifteen-Year Service Award in Spring 2019. Dr. Sah is the first scientist featured in a series “Meet our SERC Scientists” published in FIU College of Arts, Science and Education (CASE) News.

For last several years, Dr. Sah is a member of a number of professional organizations such as the International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS), International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), Ecological Society of America (ESA), Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), National Geographic Society (NGS), and a life member of  Natural History Society of Nepal (NAHSON), Nepal Botanical Society (NBS), and Ecological Society, Nepal (ECOS). Dr. Sah, as principal investigator (PI) or co-principal investigator (Co-PI) has been successful in securing over 6 million dollars of the research funding of which $ 2.7 M he received as a PI. Dr. Sah has edited three volumes of the Proceedings of a conference held in Nepal and has published one book, 3 book chapters, 47 peer-reviewed research papers,  19 research chapters and proceeding articles, and 12 semi-technical articles. He has authored/co-authored 72 abstracts and 63 technical reports. Dr. Sah has presented his work at more than five dozen national and international conferences and workshops, and given 19 invited seminars and lectures. His book on Koshi Tappu wetlands: a Ramsar Site in Nepal, published by IUCN in 1997 is a landmark publication that brought him recognition as an expert on south Asian wetlands