Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

In the limelight: Sunita Pandey

Sunita PandeySupervisors:

Professor Geoff M. Gurr, Dr Raman Anantanarayanan, Dr Azizur Rahman

Thesis title:

Habitat management using native Australian plants to deliver pest suppression and other ecosystem services in brassica crops.

Career Studies til now:

I completed my Bachelor and Master in Agriculture Science (major Entomology) from Tribhuban University, Nepal. Following completion of my Master’s degree, I worked as a research associate in a project implementing ecological approaches of pest management for enhancing sustainable potato production of resource-poor farmers in mountainous regions of south-West Central Asia with the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC).

I was also a part-time lecturer in the course “Integrated pest management in vegetable and fruit crops” at the Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (HICAST) in Kathmandu Nepal. Then I joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Nepal as a plant protection officer (currently on study leave). I am now in the fourth year of my PhD.

Currently studying:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) through the School of Agricultural and Wine Science, Charles Sturt University in Orange.

Research Interests

My interests are within agriculture entomology focusing on sustainable crop protection. My current research is on ecological pest management through conservation biological control (habitat management) but I am also interested in other approaches that will benefit the environment and people, along with crop protection.

A typical day for me includes…..

Most mornings (when not tired from field and lab work) I wake up and do some exercise - walking and jogging with my husband. I get my daughter ready for school (always in a rush) but so far she has not had to fill in the late form.

Currently, I am working with two manuscripts, as I am nearly finished my PhD. My day ends with dinner, chatting with my family, friends and relatives, peeping social media and of course playing with my daughter.

My main project at the moment is:

I have finished my field and lab work and I am currently analysing data and writing manuscripts. I am also preparing for my thesis so I can submit on time.

My favourite part of my studies is…

A favourite part of my studies is writing manuscripts because I’m excited to be analysing data, concluding results, working with the language structure of my manuscript, reading others papers and hoping for acceptance of the paper. All these things makes me more motivated and I forget all the hard work I did in the field (facing scorching sunny days) and in the lab (standing the whole day).

When I am not studying I like to…

I enjoy gardening, although I am in a rented house, but luckily I have a small patch where I plant green leafy veggies and herbs. I also like surfing the internet, listening to podcasts and watching TV shows.

When I am driving I like to listen to …

Radio, I especially tune in for songs and news.


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