Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Md. Shawkat Islam Sohel, Ph.D.

Full Time Faculty
Assistant Professor [On Leave]

Ph.D., The University of Queensland, Australia
M.Sc., Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU), Germany

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext. 6224 
Office:  SAC 713  


Mr. Md Shawkat Islam Sohel has developed his skills in the field of ecology and catchment management. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Management at North South University (NSU). Before joining NSU, he worked at the Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), A Public Trust under the Ministry of Water Resources, as an Associate Consultant in several national projects. Mr. Sohel receives his Ph.D. in Ecohydrology from The University of Queensland, Australia. He also achieved an M.Sc. in Ecohydrology from CAU, Germany, and another M.Sc. in Forestry from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. Mr. Sohel has broad research interest in forest-water interaction, impacts of anthropogenic and natural disturbance on forest and aquatic ecosystems; agroforestry systems; buffer-zone management; protected area management, forest nutrient, and carbon cycling; restoration ecology, and ecosystem services. It is worth mentioning that some of his research work has been published in reputed peer-reviewed journals.

A full list of publications can be found here

2014-2018 IPRS and APA Scholarships towards tuition and living during PhD study at The University of Queensland, Australia. Funded by Government of Australia. Session: March, 2014-March, 2018. Amount Awarded ~ 206,000 AUD

2014-2018 Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS) and Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS) for PhD study in The University of Melbourne, Australia (Not accepted as I accepted offer from UQ)

2014-2018 Erasmus Mundus FONASO PhD Fellowship Shortlisted (Not accepted as I accepted offer from UQ)

2010-2012  European Union Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for Master of Science in Ecohydrology. Session: 2010-2012; Amount Awarded ~ 48000 EURO

PhD in Ecohydrology [2018]

The University of Queensland, Australia

Thesis title: Spatial and temporal variation of sources of water across multiple tropical rainforest tree species


MSc in Ecohydrology [2012]

Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU), Germany and Magister, Uniwersytet Lodzki, Poland

Thesis title: Ecohydrological modelling using SWAT in the Quarteira catchment of Portugal [Sep, 2010-Sep, 2012]


MSc in Forestry [2009]

Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, SUST, Bangladesh

Thesis title: Carbon Stock Estimation of Bambusa vulgaris and it’s Potentiality: a Case Study from Lawachara National Park of Bangladesh


BSc. (Hon’s) in Forestry [2010]

Project title: Monitoring of Land use change at Nandigram Thana of Bogra district in Bangladesh by using LANDSAT satellite data








Developing competence in systematic reviews and meta-analysis of archival/historical accounts of urban forestry in Bangladesh. Funding agency – Compass Program, U.S. Forest Service.


  1. Site Selection for a Proposed Nuclear Power Plant in Southern Region of Bangladesh. Worked as Ecohydrologist. Proponent: Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC). Year: 2019
  2. Initial Environmental Examination and Environmental Impact Assessment study of proposed India-Bangladesh Friendship pipeline (IBFPL) Project (Bangladesh Part) Worked as Ecologist as well as Project Leader. Proponent: Bangladesh Petrolium Corporation (BPC)
  3. Sundarbans Forest Health Environmental compliance monitoring of 2x (500-660) MG coal based thermal power plant [Rampal Power Plant]. Worked as Forestry Expert. Proponent: Bangladesh Power Development Board. Proponent: Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company (P) Ltd., Year: 2019
  4. EIA for Two Tannery States on Buriganaga and Dhaleswari River.  Worked as Ecologist. Proponent: Department of Environment, Bangladesh. Year: 2019.
  5. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Ghorasal Polash Urea Fertilizer Project, Polash, Narsingdi. Worked as Ecologist. Proponent: Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC). Year: 2019
  6. Identification of Causes for Degradation and Deforestation of Jhau Plantation and Impacts of Jhau Planation to Coastal Morphological Development along the Cox’sBazar-Teknaf Sea Beaches. Proponent: Department of Environment, Bangladesh. Year: 2019.






  1. Project Title:Examining the Ecological Dynamics of Reforestation at Landscape Level for Strengthening Resilience”.Funding agency: ‘Haor Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project (HILIP)’ is implemented by the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Bangladesh and Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Bangladesh funded by the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD). Worked as Forestry Expert. Amount awarded: 6,00,000 Taka (5600 USD).




Undergraduate level courses 

-ENV 107: Introduction to Environmental Science

-ENV 172: Introduction to Statistics

-ENV 215: Ecology

-ENV 375: Biostatistics

-ECO 260: Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

-ENV 313: Biodiversity and the Preservation of Species

-ENV 425: Ecological Economics


Graduate level courses 

-ENV 602: Natural Resources and Ecological Economics

-ENV 624: Ecological Systems and Biodiversity

Ecohydrology, ecosystem service quantification and mapping, hydrological modeling, stable isotopes in Ecology, forest water use, habitat suitability modeling, carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, climate change, tropical forest management.