Paliza Shrestha portrait

Paliza Shrestha

Post-doctoral researcher
Ph.D., University of Vermont
Owens 372A
by appointment
(651) 962-5201
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105


Research Interests

I am passionate about using research as a tool to tackle soil and water quality problems.

My current areas of interest are:

  • Green stormwater infrastructure for improved stormwater management of quantity (volume reduction and peak flow attenuation) and quality (of mainly nutrients, sediments, and heavy metals)
  • Soil greenhouse gas fluxes from natural and managed land uses
  • Nitrogen and phosphorus transformation and retention in soils
  • Nutrient leaching from composts
  • Phytoremediation of heavy metals 


Recent Publications

  • Shrestha, P., Belliturk, K., Görres, J.H., Hurley, S. Phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soil by switchgrass: A comparative study utilizing different composts and coir fiber on pollution remediation, plant survival, and nutrient leaching. [In Review].
  • Shrestha, P., Hurley, S., Adair, E.C. 2018. Soil media CO2 and N2O fluxes dynamics from sand-based roadside bioretention systems. Water 10, 185. doi:10.3390/w10020185
  • Shrestha, P., Hurley, S., Wemple, B.C. 2018. Effects of different soil media, vegetation, and hydrologic treatments on nutrient and sediment removal in roadside bioretention systems. Ecological Engineering 112: 116-131.
  • Hurley, S., Shrestha, P., Cording, A. 2017. Nutrient leaching from compost: Implications for bioretention and other green stormwater infrastructure. J. Sustain. Water Built Environ. DOI: 10.1061/JSWBAY.0000821
  • Shrestha, P., Seiler, J.R., Strahm, B.D., Sucre, E.B., Leggett, Z.H. 2016. Soil CO2 efflux and root productivity in a switchgrass and loblolly pine intercropping system. Forests 7, 221. doi:10.3390/f7100221
  • Belliturk, K., Shrestha, P., and Görres, J.H. 2015. The importance of phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soil using vermicompost for sustainable agriculture. Journal of Rice Research 3:2.
  • Lead Author, “Phthalates”, Encyclopedia of Earth, 2008 (

Fall 2018 Courses

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