Rajendra Paudel, Ph.D.

Senior Hydrologist

Rajendra Paudel is the Foundation’s Hydrologist. He has over 15 years of experience as a researcher and engineer at universities, non-profit organizations and consulting firms and has worked on several water resources planning and management projects in the US and abroad. His work with the Foundation primarily focuses on conducting hydrologic modeling and analyses for the development of integrated water management strategies including environmental flows to support the restoration of the America’s Everglades. He leads the development of an End-Point Everglades Restoration Plan (particularly hydrologic modeling on regional and subregional scales) — an effort to protect the remaining Everglades and restore more natural hydrological conditions while ensuring adequate water supply and flood protection in South Florida. He is also responsible for providing expertise and opinion on scientific and engineering information and analyses in support of the Everglades restoration planning and assessment.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Paudel spent two and a half years as a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University. He received his doctorate degree in environmental hydrology from University of Florida, master’s degree in water resources engineering from an interuniversity programme jointly organized by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.