Yale Himalaya Initiative

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Researchers And Students

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Agha Akram is a PhD student at FES. He frequently travels to the Western Himalaya (Himalaya, Karakoram, and Pamir) in Pakistan.

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Noel is a PhD candidate at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His interests are in water and natural resource management and has been working with the Water Management Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan for the past two years on watershed assessment.

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A third Year PhD Anthropology and FES student, Luisa is interseted in the area defined by the rivers coming from the Himalaya towards the Ganga (particularly within the administrative boundaries of North Bihar). She is working on the area’s recurrent floods and connected historical ecosystem changes, its inhabitants’ understanding of their natural environment and its waters, and the significance of water within the complex socio-political and environmental landscape.

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Anobha Gurung is a Doctoral Candidate at FES. Her research focus is on air pollution in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. At present, Anobha is investigating the health effects of air pollution and looking into traffic exposures as they are one of the main sources of air pollution in the valley. Anobha is also looking at how seasons influence exposures to air pollution and is interested in working with both governmental and non-governmental organizations in creating awareness regarding the ill-effects of air pollution to human health.

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Alark is a Doctoral Candidate at FES. His focus is on complex systems approaches to solving problems associated to natural resource management. His work has largely focused on South Asia and the Caribbean. At present, Alark is modelling the resilience of local communities to climate change in central India. In the Himalayan context, he is working to analyze the dynamics between tourism and livelihoods in the Sagarmatha National Park in the Solukhumbu region, along with Mary Tyrrell and Professor Chad Oliver.

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Sumana is a graduate of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her interest in the Himalaya is deeply rooted in her identity and ethnicity. Belonging to the Thakali, an ethnic group who have settled along the banks of the Kali Gandaki river in the Himalayan region of Nepal, her interest is in natural resources management in both rural and urban landscapes.