Deep Narayan Shah, PhD

Deep Narayan Shah, PhD

Assistant Professor

Academic Qualification: PhD in Environmental Science, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, GERMANY

Research Interests: Water Resource Management, Aquatic biodiversity, Community Ecology, Biogeography, Biodiversity Conservation, Climate change, Environmental Policy

Teaching Courses: Biogeography and Biomes, Aquatic Ecology, Environment Management Tools, Restoration Ecology, Hydropower Development, Climate Extreme, and Building Resiliency, Water Governance.


Emails: dnshah at; Phone: +977-9841398083



International Journal Articles

  1. Regmi, T., Shah, D.N., Doody, T.M., Cuddy, S.M., & Tachamo Shah, R.D. (2021). Hydrological alteration induced changes on macrophyte community composition in sub-tropical floodplain wetlands of Nepal. Aquatic Botany, 173.
  2. Shah, D.N., A Poudyal, G Sharma, S Levine, N Subedi and M Dhakal (2020). Status, distribution, threats, and conservation of the Ganges River Dolphin Platanista gangetica (Mammalia: Artiodactyla: Cetacea) in Nepal. Journal of Threatened Taxa 12(1): 15106–15113.
  3.  Tachamo-Shah, R. D., S Sharma, D N Shah and D Rijal (2020). Structure of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities in the Rivers of Western Himalaya, Nepal. Geosciences 10, 150. https://doi:10.3390/geosciences10040150  
  4. Shah, D. N., R D Tachamo-Shah, D Rijal and S Sharma (2020). Impacts of COVID-19 and Nationwide Lockdown on River Ecosystems in Nepal. American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research, 10(1): 56-58.  
  5. Hjalmarsson, A. E., W Graf, S Vitecek, S C Jaehnig, Q Cai, S Sharma, X Tong, F Li, D N Shah, R D Tachamo-Shah and S U Pauls (2019). Molecular phylogeny of Himalopsyche (Trichoptera, Rhyacophilidae). Systematic Entomology, 44: 973-984.
  6. Davids, J. C., M M Rutten, R D Tachamo-Shah, D N Shah, N Devkota, P Izeboud, A Pandey and N van de Giesen (2018). Quantifying the connections—linkages between land-use and water in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Environ Monit Assess, 190: 304.
  7. Fengqing Li, D N Shah, S U Pauls, X Qu, Q Cai, R D Tachamo-Shah (2016). Elevational Shifts of Freshwater Communities Cannot Catch up Climate Warming in the Himalaya. Water 8 (8), 327.
  8. Tonkin, J. D., R D Tachamo-Shah, D N Shah, F Hoppeler, S C Jähnig, S U Pauls (2016). Metacommunity structuring in Himalayan streams over large elevational gradients: the role of dispersal routes and niche characteristics. Journal of Biogeography,
  9. Hoppeler, F., R D Tachamo-Shah, D N Shah, S C Jähnig, J D Tonkin, S Sharma, S U Pauls (2016). Environmental and spatial characterisation of an unknown fauna using DNA sequencing–an example with Himalayan Hydropsychidae (Insecta: Trichoptera). Freshwater Biology 61(11), 1905-1920. 
  10. Shah D. N., J. Tonkin, P. Haase and S. Jaehing (2015). Latitudinal patterns and large scale determinants of stream insect richness across Europe. Limnologica 55: 33-43.
  11. Shah D. N., S. Domisch, S. Pauls, P. Haase and S. Jaehnig (2014). Current and future latitudinal gradients in stream macroinvertebrates richness across North America. Freshwater Science. 33(4): 1136–1147.
  12. Jähnig, S. C., D. N. Shah, R D Tachamo-Shah, F Li, Q Cai, A Sundermann, J D. Tonkin and S Stendera  (2015). Community–environment relationships of riverine invertebrate communities in central Chinese streams. Environ Earth Sci. 74, 6431–6442.
  13. Tonkin J. D., D. N. Shah et al. (2015). Climatic and Catchment-Scale Predictors of Chinese Stream Insect Richness Differ between Taxonomic Groups. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0123250.  
  14. Tachamo-Shah, R. D. and D. N. Shah (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(4): 1125-1139.
  15. Tachamo-Shah, R. D. and D. N. Shah (2012). Performance of different biotic indices assessing the ecological status of rivers in the Central Himalaya. Ecological Indicators 23: 447–452.
  16.  Tachamo-Shah, R. D., D. N. Shah* and S. Domisch* (2012). Range shifts of a relict Himalayan dragonfly in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region under climate change scenarios. International Journal of Odonatology 15(3): 209-222. (* contributed equally).
  17. Büsse S, P. von Grumbkow, S. Hummel, D. N. Shah*, R.D. Tachamo-Shah, 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. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038132 (*Conceived and designed the experiments).
  18. Khatri, T. B., D. N. Shah & N. Mishra (2012). Wild Water Buffalo Bubalus arnee in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Nepal: status, population and conservation importance. Journal of Threatened Taxa 4(14): 3294–3301.
  19. Nesemann H., R. D. Tachamo-Shah and D. N. Shah (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. 
  20.  Tachamo-Shah, R. D., D. N. Shah and H. Nesemann (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 1/2: 125-146.
  21. Nesemann H., R. D. Tachamo-Shah, D. N. Shah and S. Sharma (2011). Morphological Characters of Epiophlebia laidlawi Tillyard with Notes on its Habitat and Distribution in Nepal (Anisozygoptera: Epiophlebiidae). Odonatologica 40(3): 191-202
  22. Khatri, T. B., D. N. Shah & N. Mishra (2010). Post-flood status of the Endangered Ganges River Dolphin Platanista gangetica gangetica (Cetartiodactyla: Platanistidae) in the Koshi River, Nepal. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(13): 1365-1371.
  23. Nesemann, H., R. D. Tachamo-Shah, D. N. Shah & S. Sharma (2010). First records of Rhicnoda natatrix and Rhicnoda rugosa (Blattodea: Blaberidae) from Nepal India (Maharashtra) with notes on habitat quality. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(1): 648-652.
National Journal Articles
  1. Pradhan, P. and D N Shah (2020). Ecological Assessment of Mai Pokhari: A Ramsar Site of Eastern Nepal. Journal of Environmental Sciences 6: 67-74
  2. Pandey, I. P., D N Shah and R D Tachamo-Shah (2020). Impact of invasive alien plant species on aquatic biodiversity of Koshi Tappu Wetlands: Ramsar Site, Nepal.  Banko Jankari 30(2), 48-58.
  3. Bhandary, S., S L Shrestha, R P Khatiwada, D N Shah,  N N Munankarmi, M R Banjara, R Thapa-Parajuli, K D Manandhar, R Adhikari, R Tuladhar (2020). Trend analysis, modelling and impact assessment of COVID-19 in Nepal. Journal of Institute of Science and Technology.
  4. Rai, A., D N Shah, R D Tachamo-Shah and C Milner (2019). Influence of environmental parameters on benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in the headwaters of Bagmati River, Kathmandu valley, Nepal. Banko Jankari 29 (1): 53-61.
  5. Shah D. N., R. D. Tachamo-Shah and B. Pradhan (2011). Diversity and Community Assemblages of Littoral Zone Benthic Macroinvertebrates (BMI) in Jagadishpur Reservoir, Nepal.  Nepal Journal of Science and Technology 12: 211-220.
  6. Khatri, T. B., D. N. Shah, R. D. Tachamo-Shah & N. Mishra (2010). Biodiversity of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve: a post flood assessment. Journal of Wetlands Ecology 4: 69-82.
  7. Shrestha, M., B. Pradhan, R. D. Tachamo-Shah, D. N. Shah, S. Sharma & O. Moog (2009). Water Quality Assessment and Associated Stressing Factors of the Seti River Basin, Pokhara Sub Metropolitan city. Journal of Hydrology and Meteorology 6(1): 49-57.
  8. Shah, D. N., R. D. Tachamo, H. Nesemann, and S. Sharma (2008). Water Quality Assessment of drinking water Source in the mid-hills of Central Nepal. Journal of Hydrology and Meteorology 5(1): 73-78.
  9. Sharma, S., D. N. Shah, H. Nesemann and R. D. Tachamo (2006). Biological assessment of river water quality for drinking purpose in the mid-hills of Central Nepal. Annual Journal of SOPHEN 2(1): 17-23.
Edited Books/Chapters
  1. Deep Narayan Shah, R Maskey Byanju, D R Bhuju, R Subedi, and A Pokharel (2020). Trans-boundary water governance, Training Manual- Mahakali Basin. Kathmandu, Nepal. ISBN 978-9937-0-8053-8.
  2. Deep Narayan Shah, R Maskey Byanju, D R Bhuju, R Subedi, and A Pokharel (2020). अन्तरदेशीय पानी सुशासनसमन्धी तालिम पुस्तिका (महाकाली बेसिन). Kathmandu, Nepal. ISBN 978-9937-0-8052-1.
  3. Ram Devi Tachamo-Shah, Deep Narayan Shah and Subodh Sharma. (2020). Rivers Handbook- A Guide to the Health of Rivers in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya. Aquatic Ecology Centre, Kathmandu University, Nepal. ISBN: 978-9937-0-81252 
  4. Deep Narayan Shah, Principal Investigator (2017). Status, Distribution and Conservation Threats of Ganges River Dolphin in Nepal. International Union for Conservation of Nature Nepal, Kupondole, Nepal: IUCN Nepal.
  5. Deep Narayan Shah (2011). Ecological and Water Quality Status of Rivers and Irrigation Channels: Bio-monitoring, Concepts & Methods. ISBN 978-38443-1-366-6
  6. Hasko Nesemann, Subodh Sharma, Gopal Sharma, Sanjay Nath Khanal, Bandana Pradhan, Deep Narayan Shah, Ram Devi Tachamo (2007). Aquatic Invertebrates of the Ganga River System (Mollusca, Annelida, Crustacea [in part]), Volume 1. ISBN 978-99946-2-674-8
  7. Heike Zimmermann-Timm, Deep Narayan Shah and Ram Devi Tachamo-Shah (2020): Hochgebirgsgewässer im Wandel. In: Lozán J. L., S.-W. Breckle, H. Graßl, et al. (Hrsg.). Warnsignal Klima: Hochgebirge im Wandel. S. 187-193. Online: www. doi:10.2312/warnsignal-klima.hochgebirge-im-wandel.28.
  8. Deep Narayan Shah, Subodh Sharma and Ram Devi Tachamo-Shah (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
  9. Subodh Sharma, Deep Narayan Shah, Ram Devi Tachamo-Shah (2016). Macroinvertebrates as indicators of river health. Chapter 12 in: Doody TM, Cuddy SM, Bhatta LD (eds) Connecting flows and ecology in Nepal: current state of knowledge for the Koshi Basin. Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) project. CSIRO, Australia. Pp 123-138.