Chet Bhatta

Doctoral candidate
Primary office:
3038 Haworth Hall


Advisor: Dr. Deborah Roan Smith
Research interests: Honey bees (biology, foraging ecology, and beekeeping development), bee systematics, exotic vs. native species competition, and Human and bees (Ethnobiology)
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal (till 2009); Toronto, Canada (2010-2013): Lawrence, KS (2013-2018), and Next???

 

Education

  • Undergraduate degree BSc Biology (2001): Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • Graduate degree MSc Zoology (2004): Tribhuvan University, Nepal, PGDE Environmental Education (2008), Kathmandu, University, Nepal, MASc Environmental Applied Science and Management (2013), Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Manuscripts and Publications

Manuscripts in preparation (In Prep.)

  • Mayes, D.M., Bhatta, C.P., Shi, D., Brown, J.C., and Smith, D.R. Body size influences stingless bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae, Meliponini) community assemblages across a range of deforestation levels in Rondonia, Brazil. (Prepared for Journal of Ecological Entomology).
  • Bhatta, C.P. and Ascher, J.S.  Bees of Nepal—a first checklist and update on current state of knowledge (Insecta: Hymenoptera, Apoidea) (Prepared for Zootaxa).

Manuscripts submitted (under review)

  • Bhatta, C.P., Gonzalez, V.H., Mayes, D.M, Simoes, M., and Smith, D.R. (2018). Nesting biology, niche modelling, and traditional uses of stingless bees in Nepal (Hymenoptera: Apidae, Meliponini) (submitted to Journal of Apicultural Research)
  • Bhatta, C.P., Reddy, M.S., and Smith, D. R. (2018). Varroa jacobsoni and V. destructor on hill and plains strains of Apis cerana in southern India (submitted to Apidologie: reviewed and under revision)

Publications

  • Brown, J.C., Mayes, D. and Bhatta, C. 2016. Observations of the African Honey bee Apis mellifera scutellata in deforested and forested locations across Rondonia, Brazil. Insectes Sociaux. 63 (4): 603-607.
  •  Bhatta, C.P. and M. Bardecki. 2014. Is foreign aid making a difference? A case study of Sagarmatha National Park Forestry Project, Khumbu, Nepal. New Angles, Nepal Journal of Social Science and Public Policy. 3(1): 84-97.
  • Bhatta, C.P. and M. Bardecki. 2013. Stakeholders' perceptions on foreign aid and an NGO-driven project: a case study of Sagarmatha National Park Forestry Project (SNPFP), Khumbu, Nepal. Himalayan Journal of Development and Democracy. 8: 18-25.
  • Bhatta, C.P. and A.S. Tamrakar. 2011. Effectiveness of local baits for the management of hornets in apiaries of Kathmandu Valley". Himalayan Journal of Development and Democracy. 6:59-66. 
  • Bhatta, C.P. and A.S. Tamrakar. 2009. Flying predators of honeybees in different apiaries of Kathmandu valley. Journal of Natural History Museum. 24:121-124. 

Presentations

  • Bhatta, C.P., Smith, D.R., and Gonzalez, V.H. Stingless bees in Nepal (distribution, nesting biology, and traditional uses (Oral presentation at 1st Putrajaya International Meliponine Scientific Conference, 16-18 May, Putrajaya, Malaysia, International).
  • Bhatta, C.P. and Smith, D.R. Competitive foraging in Asian and European Honeybees (Poster presentation , Central States Entomological Society Meeting, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, April 15, 2017, Regional).
  • Bhatta, C.P. and Smith, D.R. Differential foraging behaviour in Asian and European Honeybees (Oral presentation, Friday Ecology Seminar Series, Higuchi Biosciences Center, KU, April, 7, 2017, Local).
  • Bhatta, C.P. and Smith, D.R. Resource Overlap and Floral Preference in Asian and European Honeybees (Poster presentation, Graduate Student Competition organised by the Office of Graduate Studies, University of Kansas, Ball Room, Kansas Union, April 6, 2017, Local)
  • Mayes, D.M., Bhatta, C.P., Shi, D., Brown, J.C., and Smith, D.R. Body size influences stingless bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae, Meliponini) community assemblages across a range of deforestation levels in Rondonia, Brazil (Oral Presentation, University of Kansas Graduate Student Retreat, Spring 2017, Local)
  • Bhatta, C.P. Invited Talk at Central Department of Zoology (professors and graduate students in Entomology), Tribhuban University, Nepal on “Stingless bees: its current status and possible distributions in Nepal” (July 14, 2016, International).
  • Bhatta, C.P. Oral Presentation and participation at Entomology Seminar on “Research Methodology, Data Analysis and Interpretation in Entomological Research” organized by Entomology Division, National Agricultural Research Council (NARC) Nepal (June, 13-18, 2016, International).
  • Bhatta C.P. Poster presentation on “Observations of the African Honey bee Apis mellifera scutellata in deforested and forested locations across Rondonia, Brazil” at McPherson College, Annual Meeting of Kansas Entomological Society (Central States meeting), McPherson, Kansas (Regional, April 1 and 2, 2016 with Daphne Mayes and Chris Brown).
  • Bhatta, C.P. Conference Oral Presentation: “Foraging Behavior in Asian and Western Honey Bees: A model of Biological Invasions” at 7th National Conference of National Academy of Science and Technology, Nepal (March, 29-31, 2016, International).
  • Bhatta, C.P. Oral presentation on “Competitive pollen and nectar foraging in Asian and European honey bees at Kansas Union, University of Kansas (Local, GSO Retreat 2016, 20th Feb, 2016)
  • Bhatta, C.P. Comparative Pollen and Nectar Foraging Behaviour in Asian and European Honey Bees: A model for Resource Overlap and Seasonal Performance. Fall Session, Bug Talk, 2015 organized by Entomology Division, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA (Local).
  • Bhatta, C.P. Pollination, Food security, and Roles of Bees. Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal on July 7, 2015 (Invited Talk, International).
  • Bhatta, C.P. Honeybees and Indigenous People. Poster Presentation in Oklahoma Research Day at North-eastern State University on March 11th, 2015 with undergraduate student (Stephanie Greer) (Regional).
  • Bhatta, C.P. Honeybees and Indigenous People. Poster Presentation in Undergraduate Research Symposium at KU, Kansas Union, on April 23rd, 2015 with undergraduate student (Stephanie Greer, Local).
  • Bhatta, C.P. A Prerequisite for Genetic Matching of Hosts and Parasites: Genetic isolation of two Apis cerana populations in Thailand Revealed by SNPs data. Poster Presentation on November 31st, 2014. Ecological Genomic Symposium at Kansas City (with Yong-Chao Su, Deborah R. Smith, and Olav Rueppell, Regional).
  • Bhatta, C.P. Honeybees and Indigenous People. Spring Session Bug Talk, 2015 organized by Entomology Division (Local).
  • Bhatta, C.P. Population dynamics and pathogen prevalence of Bumble bees in Tall grass prairie ecosystem. Poster Presentation on February 12th, 2014. “Day at the Capitol” (with Emma Donachie, Deborah Smith, Daphne Mayes, and Kathy Roccaforte), Topeka, Lawrence, KS, USA, (Regional).
  • Bhatta, C.P. Effectiveness of some local baits for the management of hornets in Kathmandu Valley. Graduate Student Retreat, University of Kansas, October, 2013. GSO Presentation. Lawrence, KS, USA (Local).
  • Bhatta, C.P. Stakeholders' perceptions on foreign aid and an NGO-driven project: a case study of Sagarmatha National Park Forestry Project (SNPFP), Khumbu, Nepal. Eighth Annual conference of Himalayan Policy Network, Wisconsin, USA, October, 2013. Conference Presentation (National).
  • Bhatta, C.P. Management of hornets in apiaries of Kathmandu Valley. A Symposium on Environmental Research in Nepal, Ryerson University, Toronto. November, 2011. Symposium Presentation (Local). 
  • Bhatta, C.P. Hornets: Problems of beekeeping and its solution. Sixth Annual conference of Himalayan Policy Network, Wisconsin, USA, October, 2011. Conference Presentation (National).

Scholarships/Fellowships/Grants/Awards

  • Bhatta, C.P. Graduate Student Organisation (GSO-EEB, KU) travel grant (summer, 2017)  $350
  • Bhatta, C.P. Travel grant for stingless bees meeting in Malaysia, from KU (summer, 2017) $2350                                                                                                                  
  •  Bhatta, C.P. Deal Memorial Summer Scholarship, KU (summer, 2017) $6000      
  • Bhatta, C.P. Honey bees research Travel Grant to Nepal, KU (summer, 2016) $2300
  • Bhatta, C.P. Summer Scholarship for honey bees’ research in Nepal (summer, 2016) $6000                    
  • Bhatta, C.P. Entomology Research Supplies Grant from KU (summer 2015) $400
  • Bhatta, C.P. Summer Scholarship for honey bees’ research in Nepal (summer, 2015) $6000                                                                                                                                    
  • Bhatta, C.P. Honey bees research Travel Grant to Nepal, KU (summer, 2015) $1950
  • Bhatta, C.P. Insect Research Fund for BEE COURSE, KU (fall, 2014) $1700
  • Bhatta, C.P. Deal Memorial Summer Scholarship, KU (summer, 2014) $5500
  • Bhatta, C.P. Beamer Memorial Fund, KU (fall 2013) $629
  • Bhatta, C.P. Ryerson travel grant to attend conference at Wisconsin $623
  • Bhatta, C.P. Dissertation Fund, Ryerson University, Toronto (2012) $3500                                                          
  • Bhatta, C.P. Ryerson Graduate Scholarship (RGS), Ryerson University, Toronto (2012) $7,000
  • Bhatta, C.P. International Conference & Research Fund, Ryerson University (2012) $1000
  • Bhatta, C.P. Ryerson Graduate Scholarship (RGS), Ryerson University, Toronto (2011) $7000
  • Bhatta, C.P. Green Economy Scholarship, Government of Ontario (2011) $2000
  • Bhatta, C.P. Norwegian Scholarship for Environmental Education, KU, Nepal (2008) $1000

Teaching Awards and Nominations

  • Nominated for Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Award 2018.
  • Awarded by Carlin Outstanding GTA Award from the office of the graduate studies at KU in 2017 (a citation and $1000 honorarium). https://eeb.ku.edu/chet-bhatta-teaching-recognized-gta-award
  • Nominated for Bernstein teaching award for future faculty from Center of teaching excellence at KU in 2017

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