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Ram Devi Tachamo Shah

Country of origin: Nepal Currently in: Nepal, Bhaktapur General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Academic Background


2015 Doctorate Biological Systems and Organisms
2010 Master Biological Systems and Organisms
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Biological Systems and Organisms

1. River Health and Biodiversity Profiling in the Karnali and West Rapti Watersheds: Implications to Basin Planning and Sustainable Water Re-source Management in the Western Nepal (Aquatic Biodiversity and Community Resilience). 2. Development of Citizen Science in bioassessment in western Nepal 3.

Publications resulting from Research: 

1. Tachamo Shah R.D., Sharma S., Bharati L. 2020. Water diversion induced changes in aquatic biodiversity in monsoon-dominated rivers of Western Himalayas in Nepal: Implications for environmental flows. Ecological Indicators 108, 105735.
2. Rai A., Shah D.N., Tachamo Shah R.D., Milner C. 2019. Influence of environmental parameters on benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in the headwaters of Bagmati river, Kathmandu valley, Nepal. Banko Janakari 29 (1), 53-61.
3. Shrestha A.K., Tachamo Shah R.D* (Corresponding author). 2019. River Health Assessment of Mohana Watershed, Nepal: Implication for River Conservation. Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences 7 (4), 153-161.
4. Davids J.C., Rutten M. M., Tachamo Shah R. D. et al. 2018. Quantifying the connections—linkages between land-use and water in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 190: 304.
5. Bhandari B., Tachamo Shah R. D.* (corresponding author), Sharma S. 2018. Status, distribution and habitat specificity of benthic macro-invertebrates: a case study in five tributaries of Buddhiganga river in western Nepal. Journal of Institute of Science and Technology 23 (1): 69-75.
6. P Sedhain, Tachamo Shah R. D.* (corresponding author). 2018. Benefits of Ecotourism on Tharu Community in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Research & Reviews: Journal of Ecology 7 (2): 1-6.
7. Tonkin J., Tachamo Shah R. D., Hoppeler F., Shah D.N., Jahnig S.C., Sharma S., Pauls S. 2017. Metacommunity structuring in Himalayan streams over large elevational gradients: the role of dispersal routes and niche characteristics. Journal of Biogeography. 14: 62-74.
8. Li F., Shah D.N., Qu X., Cai Q., Tachamo Shah R. D* (corresponding author). 2016. Elevational shifts of freshwater communities cannot catch up climate warming in the Himalaya. Water, 8: 327.
9. Hoppeler F., Tachamo Shah R. D., Shah D.N., Tonkin J. D., Sharma S., Pauls S. 2016. Ecological characterisation of an unknown fauna using DNA taxonomy – An example with Himalayan Hydropsychidae (Insecta: Trichoptera). Journal of Freshwater Biology. 61: 1905–1920. doi:10.1111/fwb.12824. (Impact Factor (IF)):2.933
10. Tachamo Shah R. D., Sharma S., Haase P., Jähnig S., Pauls S. 2015. The climate sensitive zone along an altitudinal gradient in central Himalayan rivers: a useful concept to monitor climate change impacts in mountain regions. Climatic Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1417-z.
11. Jähnig S. C., Shah D. N., Tachamo Shah R. D., Li F., Cai Q., Sundermann A.,Tonkin J. D. 2015. Community–environment relationships of riverine invertebrate communities in central Chinese streams, Environmental Earth Science. DOI 10.1007/s12665-015-4466-8.
12. Tachamo Shah R. D., Shah D.N. 2013. Evaluation of benthic macroinvertebrate assemblage for disturbance zonation in urban rivers using multivariate analysis: Implications for river management. Journal of Earth System Science 122: 1125-1139.
13. Tachamo Shah R. D., Shah D.N. 2012. Performance of different biotic indices assessing the ecological status of rivers in the Central Himalaya. Ecological Indicators 23: 447-452.
14. Tachamo Shah R. D., Shah D.N., and Domisch, S. 2012. Range shifts of a relict Himalayan dragonfly in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region under climate change scenarios. International Journal of Odonatology. doi: 10.1080/13887890.2012.697399.
15. Nesemann H., Tachamo Shah R. D., Shah D.N., Sharma S. 2011. Morphological characters of Epiophlebia laidlawi Tillyard larvae, with notes on the habitat and distribution of the species in Nepal (" Anisozygoptera": Epiophlebiidae) Odonatologica 40 (3): 191-202.
16. Büsse S., von Grumbkow P., Hummel S., Shah D.N., Tachamo Shah R.D., Li J, et al. 2012. Phylogeographic Analysis Elucidates the Influence of the Ice Ages on the Disjunct Distribution of Relict Dragonflies in Asia. PLoS ONE 7(5): e38132.
17. Tachamo Shah R. D., Shah D. N., and Nesemann H. 2011. Development of a macroinvertebrate based Nepal Lake Biotic Index (NLBI): an applied method for assessing the ecological quality of lakes and reservoirs in Nepal. International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology 1: 125-146.
18. Nesemann H, Tachamo Shah R.D., Shah D.N. 2011.Key to the larval stages of common Odonata of Hindu Kush Himalaya, with short notes on habitats and ecology. Journal of threatened Taxa 3 (9): 2045-2060.
19. Shah D.N., Tachamo Shah R.D., Pradhan B.K. 2011. Diversity and Community Assemblage of Littoral Zone Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Jagadishpur Reservoir. Nepal Journal of Science and Technology 12: 211-219
20. Nesemann H, Tachamo Shah R.D., Shah D.N, Sharma S. 2010. First records of Rhicnoda natatrix and Rhicnoda rugosa (Blattodea: Blaberidae) from Nepal and India (Maharashtra) with notes on habitat quality.- Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (1): 648-652


1. Sharma S., Shah D. N., Tachamo Shah R. D. 2016. Macroinvertebrates as indicators of river health. In T.M. Doody, S.M. Cuddy, L.D. Bhatta (eds.). Connecting flow and ecology in Nepal: current state of knowledge for the Koshi Basin. Publisher: Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) project. CSIRO. Pp-135-148.
2. Shah D. N., Sharma S., Tachamo Shah R. D. 2015. Rapid assessment of biodiversity, benthic macroinvertebrates. In Gopal, B. (eds) Guidelines for Rapid Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Wetlands, Version 1.0. Asia‐Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN‐GCR), Kobe, Japan, and National Institute of Ecology, New Delhi. 134 pages.
3. Tachamo Shah R. D. 2011. Stream Order based Stream Typology for Indrawati River System, Nepal. Lap Lambert Academic Publishing.
4. Nesemann N., Sharma S., Sharma G., Khanal S.N., Pradhan B., Shah D.N., Tachamo R. D. 2007. Aquatic Invertebrates of the Ganga River System (Mollusca, Annelida, Crustacea [in part]), Volume 1.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Coordinating and executing researches on impacts of stressors on freshwater organisms and profiling aquatic biodiversity

Workshop and Conference Attended

2019 Kathmandu Hydropower and Environmental Flows


Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University

Presentation given

Bio-assessment as a scientific tool for river basin planning and sustainable water resource management: A case study from river basins in western Nepal
Event: The Fourth International Conference on Mountain in the Changing World
Citizen Science – River Health Mapping
Kathmandu, Nepal
Event: UNSECO-IHE Almuni - Meeting
Water flows for sustaining aquatic biodiversity in rivers of western Nepal
Rakam Karnali
Event: Third National River Summit
Impacts of human induced hydrological and morphological changes on aquatic biodiversity in trans-boundary rivers of the Himalaya, Nepal
Kuakata, Patuakhali, Bangladesh
Event: River: A Living Being 4thInternational Water Conference 2019
Defining biotic metrics for balancing river health, preserving aquatic biodiversity and achieving sustainable water resource management in western Nepal
Event: 8th ARC conference
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Oct 2016
The Science and Technology Youth Award (Young Scientist Award)
This award is one of the prestigious award provided annually by the Government of Nepal in science and technology. The award is granted to young scientists of the country below 40 years of age, as a recognition of an achievement in the field of expertise.
OWSD 6th General Assembly certificate: download

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