Researcher biography

Growing up in Delhi, a city which is far away from the coast, Aushij was blown away when he saw ocean for the first time at the age of 12. Later he followed upon one of the conventional streams in India and studied civil engineering. But his passion for the outdoors and will to do something professionally in the environment led him to pursue a Master’s degree in Environmental Management. During his Master’s, he soon realised that if he could combine his engineering background to solve environmental problems that would be really cool. He also interned as a Civil and Water Engineer in a design firm here in Brisbane, where he developed his skills related to flood modelling, managing coastal erosion and water sensitive urban design.

Aushij’s Master's research project focuses on identifying which of the potential candidate sites within the Herbert River catchment offer the greatest and least potential returns for the Blue Carbon project. He is also exploring how we should phase these projects so that the effects of projected sea level rise are considered. He is doing this by modelling tidal flows with his co-supervisor Dr Alice Twomey. He feels very grateful to be able to work with Professor Catherine Lovelock and Dr Alice Twomey for his research project.