Prabhat Raj Dahal

PhD Student in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology

About myself

I am Prabhat Raj Dahal from Kathmandu, Nepal. I have a M.Sc. degree in Earth System Science from Universität Hohenheim, Germany and a bachelors degree in Environmental Engineering from Kathmandu University, Nepal. My broader research interests include application of geospatial tools like GIS and remote sensing in the domain of environmental sciences. My master’s thesis involved classification of different types of glaciers and glacial lakes in and around the Mt. Everest region using satellite imagery and construction of a time series for 23 years. Also, I have a keen interest in observing earth as a system and the interactions among the different components of this system. Recently I have been involved with IUCN-Nepal and Kathmandu Living Labs in mapping and modelling the habitat areas of 75 different mammalian species found in Nepal along with their respective life zones based on climatic data under the context of climate change. I am very fond of using open source tools for spatial data analysis and visualization. I strongly believe geospatial technology in combination with in situ methods has a great scope in conservation science. In my spare time I am mostly occupied with music, literature and wandering in the foothills of the Himalayas.

About the PhD

I am a Marie Curie PhD fellow at the Global Mammal Assessment (GMA) lab at La Spaienza under the supervision of Dr. Carlo Rondinini. I will also spend 11 months at Birdlife International in Cambridge, UK under the supervision of Dr. Paul Donald. The title of my PhD project is “Advancing quantitative analysis for IUCN Red List assessments of species risk of extinction.”I will be focusing on generating high resolution area of habitat maps for mammal and bird species.I will also explore the criteria E of IUCN Red List assessment to estimate the risk of extinction for mammal and bird species.

Research interests

  • Geo-spatial data
  • Remote sensing
  • Habitat mapping and modelling
  • IUCN Red List Criteria
  • Climate change