PhD in Geosciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland
The prestigious Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship by the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) has given me the opportunity to start an exciting PhD journey at University of Lausanne (UNIL) in Switzerland in October 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. My project is focusing on the paleo-hydrological and natural hazards reconstructions in the glacierised river basins located at the high-altitude Himalayas. I am based at the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST), Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne, located in the beautiful city of Lausanne, along the Geneva Lake. During my PhD at UNIL, I am also engaged in a number of outreach and science communication activities including teaching assistantship, hosting institutional seminars, assisting in undergraduate and postgraduate field classes etc. In addition, I have been awarded numerous fellowships to visit some of the renowned dendrochronology laboratories in the USA, UK and in Switzerland, as well as travel grants, fieldwork grants to attend conferences, workshops in Germany, Austria, France and conducting fieldworks in the Indian Himalayas and in the Swiss Alps. These fellowships have given me the opportunities to spend several months as an international visiting researcher at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (LTRR), University of Arizona, USA and at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK to further develop my research skills and networking. I am currently in the final year of my PhD and working on my thesis. More about my PhD research project is available here.