Biographies of PhD Fellows

Manisha Mehra

Manisha Mehra, one of the Atmosphere Initiative’s PhD fellows, is currently pursuing her PhD from the Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development (IESD), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and Varanasi, India. She joined ICIMOD in April 2016 and is conducting studies under the supervision of Arnico Panday, Senior Atmospheric Scientist and Programme Coordinator of the Atmosphere Initiative. She is from India, and is being guided by Kirpa Ram, Assistant Professor, the Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, BHU.

Her study focuses on changes in the air quality of Chitwan due to the forest fires in and around Chitwan National Park, along with emissions from crop residue burning in Lumbini, Nepal. It matches closely with her interest in the impact of open burning on air quality in Nepal.

She has experience working as a project fellow in a University Grant Commission (UGC) for a sponsored project entitled, ‘An ecological study of paradoxical establishment of white oak in oak-pine ecotone areas in the Central Himalaya’, under the supervision of SC Garkoti from the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She also has an experience working as a graduate student researcher at the Department of Botany, Centre for Advanced Study, Faculty of Science, BHU, in a project entitled ‘Estimation of Methane Flux at Two Landfill Sites at Varanasi’. J Pandey, Professor, CAS Botany, BHU, supervised her in that project.

Mehra has been awarded the prestigious DST INSPIRE Fellowship for pursuing her PhD from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India (GOI). Prior to joining ICIMOD, she was enrolled in the ‘Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) Spring School Program, Measuring Our Environments–International Spring School Kyoto’, at Kyoto University, Japan. 

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