Asian Student Membership Scholarship Awards

Tshiring Lhamu Lama

tshiring-lhamu-lama-photoMs. Tshiring Lhamu Lama is a young educated mountain woman from very remote Rigmo village close to Phoksundo Lake, Dolpo, Nepal. Ms. Lama is very enthusiastic about wildlife research and conservation of Dolpo. Tshiring did her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Tribhuvan University and now she is doing her master’s degree in Natural Resources Management at Pokhara University.  Her master thesis topic is “Impact of Caterpillar Fungus Harvesting on Snow Leopard Habitat in Dolpo”.

Tshiring worked as an intern for World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF, Nepal and Friends of Nature, FON. She is one of the recipients of WWF Chandra Gurung Memorial Fellowship for her master’s degree. Ms. Lama was also recently involved in a small National Geographic project on George Schaller: Return to Realm of the Snow Leopard Country Dolpo and she currently lives in Kathmandu for her higher education.

Manas M

Manas M completed his graduation in Geology from the University of Kerala and his post-graduation in Geology from Mahatma Gandhi University. He later joined the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology as a Junior Research Fellow. He is highly interested in deciphering the secrets of the formation of mighty Himalayas by the study of rocks exposed, currently focusing in the Indus Suture Zone, Ladakh Himalaya, India.

John P Pappachen


John P Pappachen has been working as a Junior Research Fellow at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, India, on a project titled “Geo dynamics and Seismicity investigations in the Northwest Himalaya” since November 2015. He is also pursuing a Ph.D at the Dept. of Applied Geophysics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Dhanbad, India. John completed his Bachelors in Physics from MG University, Kerala, India, and Masters in Marine Geophysics from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Cochin, India. He is mainly working on crustal deformation studies using Global positioning system (GPS), stress/strain analysis, gravity studies and earthquake precursor studies using total electron content (TEC) anomalies for the better understanding of plate kinematics and Geo dynamic process in the northwest Himalaya.

Contact Info

Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies
c/o John Metz, Treasurer
1586 Rockhurst Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45255-2637

ANHS Kathmandu Research Center
54 Kantishree Marg, Baluwatar
Kathmandu, Nepal.