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Nischal Shrestha

Nischal Shrestha
Biodiversity Conservancy Nepal · Ecology and Evolution

MSc Environmental Science

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Introduction
Research Assistant at Biodiversity Conservancy Nepal; Former Intern at Aquatic Ecology Centre, Kathmandu University
Additional affiliations
January 2019 - present
Biodiversity Conservancy Nepal
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Assist in proposal development and project designing; Conduct field surveys; Conduct data analysis and geo-spatial analysis; Assist in repost preparation; Coordinate projects for undergraduate students.
July 2017 - July 2018
Aquatic Ecology Centre
Position
  • Intern
Description
  • Responsible for planning field itinerary and management of field logistics; Data collection; Laboratory processing of samples for analysis at AEC
Education
August 2014 - October 2018
Kathmandu University
Field of study
  • Environmental Science

Publications

Publications (6)
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There are two species of pangolins –Chinese (Manis pentadactyla) and Indian (M. crassicaudata) – in Nepal. Despite being one of the most illegally traded group of mammals in the world, there is scant information on pangolin trade in Nepal. We synthesized nation-wide information on pangolin seizures for 2015–2020 period to elucidate extent and netwo...
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The Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) is a “Critically Endangered” insectivorous mammal. There is a lack of information on the ecology, distribution and behavior of this species in Nepal, even though community forests in the Midhills Region of Nepal are considered to be prime habitats for the species. We conducted an ecological assessment of th...
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We conducted a detailed study in comparing physico-chemical parameters of glacier melt water between two years (2016 & 2019) in upstream sites with an elevation ranging from 4100 m to 3550 m above sea level of Ponkar glacier, Manang district, Nepal. We conducted onsite testing of physical parameter like pH, electrical conductivity, total dissolved...
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A study of the melt water draining from Ponkar glacier, Bhimthang Valley, Nepal was performed to determine various physico-chemical parameters prevailing along 16 sampling sites consisting of moraine dammed, Ponkar Lake at 4100 metres to downstream glaciated stream at 1930 metre. Temperature, pH and Electrical conductivity were recorded on site and...
Conference Paper
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Tinau is a perennial rain-fed river which traverses the Mahabharat and the Siwalik ranges to reach the Terai in western Nepal. The river is affected by a number of stressors including riverbed extraction, damming, agricultural runoff and effluents from urban area including Butwal city. The study focused on select physical-chemical water quality cha...

Questions

Questions (2)
Question
Dependency ratio is ratio of the population <15 and >65 years of age to the population between 19 and 65 years of age. According to the literature, indexed values are calculated using the difference between the actual score and the minimum value acquired from the whole sample, as well as the difference between the total sample's maximum and minimum values. I was able to determine the dependence ratio, but not the indexed value of it. I'm not sure what the minimum and maximum values should be.
Question
I am trying to estimate the population of small burrowing mammals with the use of camera traps but I am lacking a robust methods for it. I found the use of Mark Capture - Recapture in many of the studies but I am looking for other methods than this. Also, I am looking for availability of model as well.

Projects

Projects (3)
Project
Nepal Gharial Conservation Initiative (NGCI) is a long-term project aimed at safeguarding future of critically endangered gharials in Nepal. It aims to establish healthy and protected populations of gharials in Nepal by generating comprehensive baseline scientific information on their ecology and genetics. Importantly, NGCI also aims to build in-country expertise for gharial research and strengthen capacity of local indigenous communities for gharial conservation.
Project
To develop and implement novel integrated approaches to investigate the complex effects of natural and/ human-induced changes on OC flux transported by Small Mountain Rivers