About Me

Kabindra Shakya

I am an environmental scientist (Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University) working in issues of outdoor and indoor air pollution, specifically particulate matter, ozone, and nitrogen oxides. My work also involves assessing trace metal contaminants (heavy metals such as lead) in soil samples from community gardens, residences, and parks. I am specifically interested in issues of environmental justice. I am also interested in working in various environmental issues in developing countries.

I am originally from Kathmandu, Nepal. I completed most of my earlier education in Nepal. My PhD work focused on chemical characteristics of particulate matter and my postdoc work focused on assessing health effects from the exposure to particulate matter. 

Please email me if you need further information at kabindra.shakya@villanova.edu.

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Ph.D. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA. Dissertation title: ‘Characterization of Atmospheric Aerosols in Kathmandu, New Hampshire, and Texas: Carbonaceous, Isotopic, and Water-soluble Organic Composition’

M.S. (Environmental Science). Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

M.S. (Botany) and B.S. (Chemistry and Biology). Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Previous Positions

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova University, PA (2016-2022)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2012-2016)

Postdoctoral Scholar. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (2011-2012)

Postdoctoral Scholar. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University (2011-2011)


Environmental Chemistry; Air Pollution; Environmental Pollution; Indoor Air Quality and Human Health; Research Methods in Environmental Science; Ecosystem Service Learning; Environmental Science I; Senior Research Seminar; Intro to Sustainability Study; Research Colloquium; Environmental Health


Shakya, K.M. [PI for subaward at Villanova]. Overbrook Breathe Right Community Air Monitoring Project. United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). Subaward: $130,529 (Total: $333,121). 2023-2025.

Shakya, K.M., Goldsmith, S., Smith, D., McDermott-Levy, R. Establishment of a community based participatory research (CBPR) program to manage lead exposure risks in a Hispanic neighborhood. VERITAS Award, Villanova University. $20,000. 2022-2024.

Shakya, K.M. (Mentor). AGILE grant to support visiting undergraduate student at Villanova. ~$20,000. Summer 2022 and 2023.

Shakya, K.M. VITAL Minigrant, Villanova University. 2022.

Shakya, K.M. Faculty Research and Development Grant, Villanova University. 2019 and 2022.

Klassner, F., Shakya, K.M. [Co-PI], Smith, V. Enhancing the augmented reality sandbox’s software and hardware to support quantitative simulation for STEM education. National Science Foundation (NSF). $300,000. 2022-2025.

Shakya, K.M. [Lead PI], Eggler, A. Cellular effects of subway air particles in human lung cells. National Institutes of Health (NIH). $346,692. 2021-2024.

Goldsmith, S., Shakya, K.M. [Co-PI], Boschi, V., Marco-Bujosa, L. An immersive urban environmentla geochemistry research experience as a pathway to careers in the geosciences. National Science Foundation (NSF). $399,155. 2021-2024.

Kremer, P., Shakya, K.M. [Co-PI]. The multi-dimensional structure of urban landscapes and the supply and distribution of ecosystem services. National Science Foundation (NSF). $200,007. 2018-2022.

Shakya, K.M. [PI]. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 2019-2023.

Shakya, K.M. Villanova University Summer Grant Program. 2020-2021.

Shakya, K.M., Kremer, P. Villanova University Summer Grant Program. 2017-2018.


Member, Upper Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council, PA., 2018-present.

Board Member, Centro de Cultura, Arte, Trabajo Y Educacion (CCATE), Norristown, PA, 2021-present. 

Member, Faculty Research and Development Grant Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova University. 2023-present.

Chair, Curriculum Assessment Committee, Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova University. 2019-present.

Program Director, Environmental Science Program, Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova University. 2021-present. 

Member, Faculty Evaluation Committee, Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova University. 2022-present.

Editorial Service

Associate Editor. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. https://www.springer.com/journal/13412

Editorial Board Member. Sustainability. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability

Editorial Board Member. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. https://www.springer.com/journal/44169

Guest Editor, Special Issue “Air Pollution Monitoring and Environmental Sustainability”. 

Review Service

Reviewed grants

  • National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, USA
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships, USA
  • evertéa Foundation. Préserver la santé humaine et environmentale par la rechercher. Valence, France
  • LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, Orleans, France
  • Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowships (VURFs), Villanova University

Reviewed manuscripts for journals

  • Aerosol and Air Quality Research
  • Atmosphere, MDPI
  • Atmospheric Environment, Elsevier
  • Atmospheric Pollution Research, Elsevier
  • Building and Environment, Elsevier
  • Case Studies on Transport Policy, Elsevier
  • Current Pollution Reports, Springer Nature
  • Energy and Built Environment
  • Environmental Health Perspectives
  • Environmental Microbiome, Springer Nature 
  • Environmental Science & Policy, Elsevier
  • Environmental Pollution, Elsevier
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Springer Nature
  • Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, Royal Society of Chemistry 
  • Environmental Science and Technology, American Chemical Society 
  • Environmental Science and Technology Letters, American Chemical Society 
  • Geosciences, MDPI
  • Journal of Environmental Quality, Wiley
  • Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, Nature Publishing Group
  • Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI
  • International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Taylor & Francis 
  • PeerJ 
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, Elsevier
  • Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Springer
  • Sensors, MDPI 
  • Social Sciences, MDPI
  • Sustainability, MDP