principal Investigators and researchers

Researchers and Staffs

Dr. Ram Devi Tachamo Shah

Researcher/Co-Investigator

ramdevi.shah@ku.edu.np

Education: PhD, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Current Research: Long-term biodiversity assessment, development of holistic environmental flows

Interest: Bi- assessment and monitoring, Environmental flows, Freshwater ecology, Climate change, Species distribution modelling

Mr. Rajendra Bhandari

Project Coordinator

Ph.D. Scholar, Kathmandu University, Nepal and Linköping University, Sweden

rajendra.bhandari@ku.edu.np

Education: M.Sc. Environment and Natural Resources, KU.

Current Research: Fate of organic carbon in small mountain rivers in Nepal: implications for soil erosion and climate change

Interest: Biogeochemistry, Paleolimnology, and Environment Pollution

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Mr. Moti Poudel

Project Coordinator

Ph.D. Scholar, Kathmandu University, Nepal

swk207@gmail.com

Education: M.Sc. Environment and Natural Resources, KU

Current Research: Developing indicators to measure the resilience of water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to climate change in Nepal

Interest: Climate change, Drinking water quality, Indigenous approach to cope with climate change, waste management

Mrs. Prativa Poudel

PhD. Scholar, Kathmandu University  

Prativapoudel1@gmail.com

Education: M.Sc. Environment and Natural Resources, Kathmandu University

Current Research: Sanitation and climate: Assessing resilience and emissions (SCARE)

Research Interests: WASH and Climate change, Climate resilience, GHGs emissions

Sheila Dangol

Ms. Sheila Dangol

Research Associate

Sheila.dangol@gmail.com

Education: MSc. In   Water resource and environmental management, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

Roles and Responsibilities: Field planning, data collection, coordination and management, reporting and dissemination

Research Interests: Sanitation, Climate change, Modeling, Renewable energy

Mr. Prayon Joshi

Research Assistant

prayonjoshi@gmail.com

Education: B.Sc. Environmental Science, Kathmandu University

Roles and Responsibilities: Field planning and sampling, sample processing, data analysis and report writing

Research Interests: Hydrogeochemistry, Environmental Modeling, Data Science and Analytics, Geospatial Science

Mr. Suman Prakash Pradhan

Research Assistant

suman.pradhan2053@gmail.com

Education: M. Sc. Environmental Science (2020-2022), Kathmandu University

Roles and Responsibilities: Fieldworks, lab works, analytical works, data analysis, reports preparation, and manuscript preparation

Current Research: Assessment of Lichens as a bio-indicator of pollution; alternation in physiochemical response, gene expression, metabolomics, and biochemical activities of Lichens

Research Interests: Plant ecology, Medicinal plants, Analytical techniques, Aquatic ecology, Geospatial Science, Soil ecology, Microbial ecology, and Natural product chemistry

Ms. Junu Maharjan

Research Assistant

Junumjn@gmail.com

Education: B. Sc. honors in Environmental Science (2017-2020), University of Northampton, NAMI College

Roles and Responsibilities: Field works, data analysis, reports preparation.

Research Interests: Fresh water ecology (macroinvertebrates, fish, and phytoplankton)

Mr. Hirendra Bista

Research Assistant

hirenb.077@gmail.com

Education: B.Sc. Environmental Science, Kathmandu University

Roles and Responsibilities: Field works, Data analysis, Report preparation, Lab works

Research Interests: Lichenology, Air pollution, Plant ecology, Soil chemistry, Geographic Information System (GIS)

Ms. Smritee Subedi

Research Assistant

subedismritee@gmail.com

Education: B.Sc. Environmental Science, Kathmandu University

Roles and Responsibilities: Field works, Data analysis, Report preparation, Lab works

Research Interest:  Rainwater harvesting, Drinking water quality, Gender and climate change, Urban environment and sustainability

Mr. Bishal Lamsal

Research Assistant

lamsalbishal32@gmail.com

Education: B.Sc. Environmental Science, Kathmandu University

Roles and Responsibilities: Field works, Data analysis, Report preparation, Lab works

Research Interest: Soil quality, Forest and Plant ecology, Wildlife

Ms. Sarana Tuladhar

Research Assistant

saranatuladhar22@gmail.com

Education: B.Sc. Environmental Science, Kathmandu University

Roles and Responsibilities: Field works, Data analysis, Report preparation, Lab works

Research Interest:  Water resources and ecology, WASH, Wastewater (waste to energy), Climate change, Pollution 

Ms. Bigyapti Nepal

Research Assistant
 

bigyapti.nepal03@gmail.com

Education: B.Sc. Environmental Science, Kathmandu University

Roles and Responsibilities: Fieldwork, Data analysis, Report preparation

Research Interest: Green House Gases and Climate change, Disaster Risk Assessment, Reduction and management.

 

Ms. Anusha K.C.

Research Assistant
 

anuahakc33@gmail.com

Education: B.Sc. Environmental Science, Kathmandu University

Roles and Responsibilities: Fieldwork, Data analysis, Report preparation, Lab work

Research Interest: Water and soil analysis, Hydrogeological assessments, Climate change and crisis

Post-doctoral fellow

Dr. Richard Storey

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

Email: Richard.storey@ku.edu.np

Project Name: Assessing concentrations, sources and options for reducing contaminants in Pokhara Valley lakes

Duration of the Project: 1-2 years

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Project Summary

The Lake Cluster of Pokhara Valley (LCPV), a Ramsar site, consists of nine lakes supporting high biodiversity values, important inland fisheries and a diverse tourist industry. However, all lakes are degrading due to human activities. The LCPV management plan (2018-23) states that lake restoration requires scientific baseline data and regular monitoring, and wide community collaboration. At present none of the lakes are being monitored regularly, and institutional capacity for monitoring is limited. We are looking into the potential to monitor the lake water quality using remote sensing and/or “citizen science” (involving local communities in collecting data). We hope to use this information to determine trends in water quality and identify sources of contaminants.(Fig: Research Site-Begnas Lake)

Begnas Lake

Administrative Staffs

administartive staff

Mrs. Sangita Maharjan

Position: Project Administrative Staff

Email: sangita.maharjan@ku.edu.np

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration

Roles and Responsibilities: Financial works of projects and reporting

Experiences: Six years and five months experience as administrative assistant in Kathmandu University project finance.

 

Mrs. Sarswoti Thapa

 

Position: Project supporting staff

Roles and Responsibilities: Office help

Alumni

  • Sikha Karki (September 2010 to 2011)
  • Urshula Bajracharya (September 2010 to 2011)
  • Ayush Joshi Gyawali (September 2011 to 2014)
  • Anisha Tuladhar (September 2011 to 2012)
  • AsmitaPoudel (September 2012 to August 2013)
  • Saroj Thapa (September 2012 to August 2013)
  • Rupesh Subedi (July 2013 to 2014)
  • Nisha Gautam (July 2013 to 2014)
  • Suman Acharya (July 2014 to 2016)
  • Sumitra Paudel (July 2014 to 2015)
  • JhunaKatel (August 2015 to 2016)
  • Shova Shrestha (August 2015 to 2016)
  • Sindhu Karki (August 2015 to 2016) M.Sc. Environment and Natural Resources, KU
  • Bibek Shrestha (2018 to 2019) B.Sc. Environmental Science, KU
  • Samikshya Chhetri (2018 to 2019) Sc. Environmental Science, KU
  • Anu Rai (2018 to 2019) B.Sc. Environmental Science, NAMI
  • Nischal Devkota (2018 to 2019) B.Sc. Environmental Science, NAMI
  • Tapasya Subedi (2019) B.Sc. Environmental Science, NAMI
  • Nilisha Khadgi (2019) Sc. Environmental Science, KU