Here are the answers to some of your questions:
From Elijah: Do you see or have you encountered any wild animals in Bangladesh during your work? - Nope, I didn't see any wild animals last time I was there. Most of the country is very densely populated. I saw an elephant in a market once, water buffalo and some dogs. Someday I would love to visit the Sundarbans Mangrove Forests in southwestern Bangladesh, where there are still tigers and other wild animals!
From Belissa: Where do you sleep? Where do you take a shower? What do you eat? How's the temperature over there? -- We will stay in a government resthouse in Bangladesh and a hotel in India. Our rooms will be basic but we'll have beds and a bathroom with a shower and an eastern style toilet. Our hotel in India will actually have western style toilets. We usually eat eggs ('momlette in Bengali) for breakfast, and curry (meat, veggies, lentils or fish with lots of spices) and flat bread called paratha or roti for lunch and dinner. We drink lots of tea (chai). We have to be very careful to drink only bottled or boiled water so we don't get sick. The temperature in Bangladesh will be mid-50s at night to mid-70s during the day. In India we will be at higher elevation so the temperatures will range from 40°F at night to 60°F during the day. Much warmer than NYC!
A few of you asked about how this trip is financed: The research is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, which pays for our transportation and accommodations. In the US, pursuing a PhD in the natural sciences (like I am) is paid for by grants -- I get paid to go to school and do research, how cool is that?!
I look forward to continuing this conversation while I'm in Bangladesh and India!