Statement from one of the students
"It has already been 10 months this December since I started as a research assistant to the long term biomonitoring program using benthic macroinvertebrates (BMIs) in the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. It has been such an amazing experience to be involved in a project that is happening for the first time in Nepal. I started as a novice of a research assistant. But from than to now I have learnt sampling macroinvertebrates, using multi-probe, photometer and flow meter. I have also been learning to identify BMIs. This is all thanks to researchers Dr. Deep Narayan Shah and Dr. Ram Devi Tachamo Shah for taking such an initiative. Also Jeff Davids has been such a great help in teaching us how to use equipment and providing us a platform for mobile data collection."
"From hiking in the rain to being chased by monkeys the trip to Shivapuri has always been an adventurous experience. The knowledge gained from this experience has also helped me shape my career. The overall aim of this program is understanding the impacts of climate change on headwater hydrology and aquatic biodiversity with long-term citizen science. So, the project will be running long after me and my fellow research assistants leave for our higher studies or so. But I will always look back at these experiences with fondness. The monthly hiking for samples collection has provided a very refreshing experience and given practical insights to the workings in field. It has helped me develop a very strong interest in freshwater ecology and I will forever be thankful for the experiences that I have gained."
Anu Rai, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, Research assistant for Himalayan Biodiversity and Climate Change Center (HimBio-Clic)