Snehalata Sainjoo

Snehalata  Sainjoo
  • Ph.D. Student
  • Dual Major
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Fisheries & Wildlife


Growing up in a topographically constrained mountain community of Nepal, her enthusiasm for environmental concerns sprouted from her early days. Following a simple lifestyle and living in proximity to nature, she is inclined towards nature’s offerings and carries environmental stewardess in herself. In her early engagement as an Environmentalist, Snehalata Sainjoo came across the degrading environmental situation across parts of the country, impacting local livelihood and adding constraints to basic life amenities. It was the same period when worldwide concern about environmental issues escalated and her fascination towards it grew stronger, later she adopted it as her career pathway. With an academic background of a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and six years of working experiences at the community and national levels in diverse subject matters, particularly related to climate change, food security and livelihood, now she drives herself in the Ph.D. program at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU. She will be joining Dr. Kramer and other team members in the NASA-funded project on the socio-ecological impacts of climate change and dam construction in the Lower Mekong River Basin. She has a motto to work for the community valuing the bottom-up approach. Addressing the ground-level risk with consideration of the socio-ecological complexity, coupled with the future climate uncertainties has been the biggest challenge for her so far and she is looking forward to detangling it during her study at MSU. Moreover, Snehalata is a trained professional in geostatistical analysis, and environmental assessment; is at ease with handling multitudinal software programs and has an appetite for further learning opportunities. Being a nature lover and sociable, she enjoys exploring cultures across landscapes and ways of life. She likes hiking, and cycling, enjoys forest safaris, and adventures like rafting, and paragliding, and carries some photography skills too.