We are a multidisciplinary team comprised of researchers and professionals largely based at the University of Oxford. Drawn together by a common passion, we aim to combine our diverse skillsets and interests to better understand the role water plays in weaving together communities and climate change. To contact us please email himalayastoocean@gmail.com.


Alice Chautard


Water has been a common thread throughout her career to date; Alice holds a BSc in Ecology and Environmental Management from McGill University, and a MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford. Her research explored farmers’ vulnerability and adaptation to drought in Spain’s Segura Basin, Spain’s driest basin. She currently works as Knowledge Exchange Manager for REACH, an Oxford University programme funded by DFID aiming to improve water security for the poor in Eastern Africa and South Asia. Alice is also a photographer with a passion for documenting nature, life and changes in mountainous regions. Twitter

Yolanda Clatworthy


Yolanda Clatworthy is currently completing an MSc in Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford. Ever since she was a small child swimming in the lakes of the Canadian Shield, she has been fascinated by the influence of water and the connections that it facilitates. While studying political science at McGill University she published a paper around the role of the canoe in mapping a Canadian identity, and has been investigating the intersections between people and place since. She recently co-founded a creative agency that highlights socio-environmental stories in the Pacific Northwest, and is looking forward to building on this experience by exploring the ways in which water weaves together communities, narratives, climate, and livelihoods in Nepal.

Justin Falcone

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Justin is a recent graduate of the University of Oxford. He previously studied environmental anthropology and global environmental change at Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and as a Truman Scholar. Working at the intersection of the social and natural sciences, Justin is passionate about using digital storytelling and data visualization to communicate evidence based science. He has conducted research in Kiribati, French Polynesia, and Vanuatu, and has participated in NSF and NASA research in California and Oman. For the NPS Centennial, Justin worked at Yosemite National Park. An exhibit of his environmental photography, In the Wake: Rising Seas, Vanishing Nations, was displayed in Baltimore in 2015.  Instagram

Nicholas O’Brien


In the early days of my fascination with audio, I carried a little dictaphone with me documenting different water sounds. Since, I have expanded my recording kit and have been working as a freelance sound engineer, musician and producer for documentaries, music and radio. Having cycled around Europe recording musicians (Record-and-Ride), co-founded a three day music festival engaging new audiences in social and environmental issues (Tandem Collective), and created immersive sound and music performances (Upcycled Sounds), the H20 project feels like a perfect continuation of my exploration into the wonderful lines between art and science, music and sounds, stories and social issues. I am very much looking forward to picking up that old dictaphone again and recording water again with my new skills, experiences and a wonderful team!

Ross Harrison

Ross Harrison is a British filmmaker, passionate about documentaries and our environment since a young age. His filmmaking work has led him to explore diverse subjects ranging from rainforest conservation to education inequality and tribal land rights, through projects in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Malaysia among others. Most recently he co-directed ‘Facing the Mountain’, about climate change and its impacts in the Indian Himalayas. The documentary process continues to excite him with its possibilities for storytelling and as a catalyst for social change.

Homero Paltan

Homero comes from Ecuador where his interest for mountains and water-sensitive regions started. He is currently doing a PhD at the Environmental Change Institute (University of Oxford) where he projects water variability and the response of vulnerable sectors. Previously, he has worked in projects that implemented strategies to secure future water supply in the Andean region. He have also developed studies that explored the cultural perceptions of ecosystem services in the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest. Homero’s current research is developed in collaboration with the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Sushma Bhatta


Sushma is travelling around Nepal interviewing people on the tough lives that they have to endure. The research is to document stories of the people’s hopes and dreams, pain and suffering. Since the April 2015 earthquake Sushma has gained a vast knowledge and experience as a District Field Coordinator. Prior to this she worked as a translator with the Carter Center monitoring the 2013 Constitutional Assembly Elections. Sushma is also a social worker in the health care sector: health and hygiene education, basic first aid, promoting woman specific needs and concerns, teaching children up to the age of 10. She also carries out research for public bodies, and interpreting for international NGOs during Nepalese elections.