Abhishek Chaudhary

Ph.D. (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering




  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland (2015)
  • Master of Science, Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A (2010)
  • Bachelor of Technology, Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee, India (2007)



  • Evaluating the impact of human consumption activities on different environmental domains (climate change, water use, land use, biodiversity, eutrophication, acidification)

  • Generating quantitative information to guide transition towards sustainable technology, systems and human behaviors

  • Developing methods for biodiversity and ecosystem service impact assessment

  • Environmental life cycle assessment (LCA)

  • Product environmental footprint (PEF) assessment

  • Characterizing the sustainability status of global diets and food systems through nutrition, human health and environmental indicators

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India (2018-present)

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2016- 2018)

  • Doctoral Candidate, Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2012- 2015)

  • Environmental Engineer, United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Cincinnati, U.S.A (2009- 2012)

  • Research Assistant, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A (2007- 2009)

  • Initiation grant, IIT Kanpur, India (2019)

  • Travel Grant, International Workshop on Bending the Biodiversity Curve (2019)

  • Travel Grant, Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme (2019)

  • Travel Grant, International Meeting on Science-based Targets for Species (2019)

  • National research project grant, Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland (2017)

  • Research grant, Pulse Canada (2017)

  • Postdoctoral fellowship, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2016)

  • PhD scholarship, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2012-2015)

  • Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Scholarship (2012) (declined)

  • Student contractor award, United States Environmental Protection Agency, USA (2009)

  • Graduate scholarship, University of Cincinnati, USA (2007)

  • Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship (2007) (declined)

  • 27). Verones, F., Hellweg, S., Anton, A., Azevedo, L.B., Chaudhary, A. et al. (in 2nd review). LC-IMPACT: a regionalized life cycle damage assessment method. Journal of Industrial Ecology.

  • 26). Green, A., Nemecek, T., Chaudhary, A., Mathys, A. (in review). Assessing nutritional, health, and environmental sustainability dimensions of agri-food production systems. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

  • 25). Ramesh, R., Kalin, L., Hantush, M., Chaudhary, A. (in review). A Secondary Assessment of Sediment Trapping Effectiveness by Vegetated Buffers. Ecohydrology.

  • 24). Leclere, D., Obersteiner, M., Alkemade, R., …., Chaudhary, A. et al. (in review). Towards pathways bending the curve terrestrial biodiversity trends within the 21st century. Nature. Preprint at: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/id/eprint/15241 

  • 23). Chaudhary, A. (2019). Sustainability assessment of Indian diets: A modeling study. The Lancet Planetary Health. 3, S9. 

  • 22). Chaudhary, A., Krishna, V. (2019). Country-specific sustainable diets using optimization algorithm. Environmental Science & Technology. 53, 7694-7703.

  • 21). Estrada, A., Garber, P.A., Chaudhary, A. (2019). Expanding global commodities trade and consumption place the world’s primates at risk of extinction. PeerJ. 7, e7068.

  • 20). Chen, C., Chaudhary, A., Mathys, A. (2019). Dietary change scenarios and implications for environmental, nutrition, human health and economic dimensions of food sustainability. Nutrients11(4), 856.

  • 19). Willett, W., Rockstrom, J., Loken, B., Springmann, M., ….Chaudhary, A. et al. (2019). Our food in the Anthropocene: The EAT-Lancet commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. Lancet.

  • 18). Chaudhary, A. & Mooers, A. (2018). Terrestrial vertebrate biodiversity loss under future global land use change scenarios. Sustainability. 10(8), 2764.

  • 17). Chaudhary, A. et al. (2018). Nutritional Combined Greenhouse Gas Life Cycle Analysis for Incorporating Canadian Yellow Pea into Cereal-Based Food Products. Nutrients, 10(4), 490.

  • 16). Chaudhary, A. & Brooks, T.M. (2018). Land use intensity-specific global characterization factors to assess product biodiversity footprints. Environmental Science & Technology,52(9), 5094–5104

  • 15). Chaudhary, A., Gustafson, D., & Mathys, A. (2018). Multi-indicator sustainability assessment of global food systems. Nature Communications, 9(1), 848.

  • 14). Steel, M., Pourfaraj, V., Chaudhary, A., Mooers, A.O. (2018). Evolutionary isolation and phylogenetic diversity loss under random extinction events. Journal of Theoretical Biology,438, 151-155.

  • 13). Chaudhary, A., Pourfaraj, V. & A.O. Mooers. (2018). Projecting global land-use-driven evolutionary history loss. Diversity and Distributions, 24, 158-167.

  • 12). Chaudhary, A. & Brooks, T.M. (2017). National Consumption and Global Trade Impacts on Biodiversity. World Development. 121, 178-187.

  • 11). Chaudhary, A., Carrasco, L.R., Kastner, T. (2017). Linking National Wood Consumption with Global Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Losses. Science of the Total Environment, 586, 985-994.

  • 10). Chaudhary, A. & Hantush, M.M. (2017). Bayesian Monte Carlo and Maximum Likelihood Approach for Uncertainty Assessment and Risk Management: Application to Lake Oxygen Recovery Model. Water Research, 108, 301-311.

  • 9). Chaudhary, A., Pfister, S., Hellweg, S. (2016). Spatially Explicit Analysis of Biodiversity Loss Due to Global Agriculture, Pasture and Forest Land Use from a Producer and Consumer Perspective. Environmental Science & Technology,50 (7), 3928–3936.

  • 8). Chaudhary, A., Burivalova, Z., Koh, L.P., Hellweg, S. (2016). Impact of Forest Management on Species Richness: Global Meta- Analysis and Economic Trade-Offs. Scientific Reports,6, DOI: 10.1038/srep23954

  • 7). Chaudhary, A., & Kastner, T. (2016). Land Use Biodiversity Impacts Embodied in International Food Trade. Global Environmental Change,38, 195-204.

  • 6). Chaudhary, A., et al. (2015). Quantifying Land Use Impacts on Biodiversity: Combining Species–Area Models and Vulnerability Indicators. Environmental Science & Technology,49(16), 9987–9995

  • 5). Verones, F., Huijbregts, M. A., Chaudhary, A., et al. (2015). Harmonizing the Assessment of Biodiversity Effects from Land and Water Use within LCA. Environmental Science & Technology49(6), 3584–3592

  • 4). Steubing, B., Suter, F., Heeren, N., Chaudhary, A., et al. (2015). What are the most ecologically sustainable uses of wood?[in German]. Swiss Journal of Forestry166(5), 335-338.

  • 3). Chaudhary, A., & Hellweg, S. (2014). Including Indoor Offgassed Emissions in the Life Cycle Inventories of Wood Products. Environmental Science & Technology,48(24), 14607-14614.

  • 2). Hantush, M. M., & Chaudhary, A. (2013). Bayesian Framework for Water Quality Model Uncertainty Estimation and Risk Management. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering19(9), 04014015.

  • 1). Abhishek, A., Lee, J. Y., Keener, T. C., Yang, Y. J. (2010). Long-term wind speed variations for three Midwestern US cities. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association60(9), 1057-1064.

  • Chaudhary, A. Identifying hotspots and drivers of biodiversity loss under future global climate and socio-economic scenarios. 29th International Congress for Conservation of Biology. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 07/2019. 

  • Chaudhary, A. Phylogenetic diversity loss associated with global food production, consumption and trade. 4th Global Land Programme Open Science Meeting (GLP OSM). Bern, Switzerland; 04/2019.

  • Chaudhary, A. & Mathys, A. Nutritional combined Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of National Diets. The 13th Biennial International Conference on EcoBalance. Tokyo, Japan; 10/2018.

  • Chaudhary, A. & Mathys, A. Integrated sustainability assessment of national food systems through nutritional, environmental and social indicators. 19th IUFoST World Food Science and Technology Congress. Mumbai, India; 10/2018.

  • Chaudhary, A. Food system sustainability performance metrics. Workshop on Quantitative indicators of food systems resilience, jointly organized by Oxford University and Tsinghua University. Beijing, China; 09/2018.

  • Chaudhary, A. Sustainability performance metrics for fruits and vegetable crops. Workshop on Innovating global fruit and vegetable food systems to help bring sustainable nutrition security, organized by Aspen Global Change Institute. Keystone, Colorado, USA; 08/2018.

  • Chaudhary, A. Biodiversity Threats Embodied in Global Trade: Moving beyond species richness. 5th European Congress for Conservation Biology. Jyväskylä, Finland; 06/2018.

  • Chaudhary, A. et al. Incorporating Canadian Yellow Pea into Cereal-based Food Products as an Ecological Approach to Managing Diabetes. 36th International Symposium on Diabetes and Nutrition organized by the Diabetes and Nutrition Study Group. Opatija, Croatia; 06/2018.

  • Chaudhary, A. & Mathys, A. Nutrition combined Environmental Assessment of Global Diets. Planetary Health Alliance Annual meeting. Edinburgh, United Kingdom; 05/2018.

  • Chaudhary, A. The global trade impact on multiple indicators of biodiversity. Invited lecture at Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute. Frankfurt, Germany; 04/2018.

  • Chaudhary, A. Product Biodiversity Footprinting. 2nd meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on biodiversity assessment of livestock supply chains, hosted by ILRI and FAO of United Nations. Nairobi, Kenya; 01/2018.

  • Chaudhary, A. Biodiversity footprinting methodology using countryside species-area relationship. Invited lecture at the meeting of TAG on biodiversity and ecosystem services, LEAP partnership. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Rome, Italy; 09/2017.

  • Chaudhary, A. & Mathys, A. Targeting Human Consumption and Dietary Changes for Global Biodiversity Conservation. 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology. Cartagena, Colombia; 07/2017.

  • Chaudhary, A. The global impact of wood consumption on biodiversity. 60th LCA Discussion Forum - Environmental Use of Wood Resources. Zurich, Switzerland; 12/2015.

  • Chaudhary, A. & Hellweg, S. Combining Species-Area Relationships and IUCN Vulnerability Indicators for Assessing Land Use Impacts on Biodiversity. 25th Meeting of SETAC Europe. Barcelona, Spain; 05/2015.

  • Chaudhary, A., Pfister, S., Hellweg, S. Spatially Explicit Global Analysis of Biodiversity Loss from Agricultural Land Use. 20th SETAC Europe LCA Case Study Symposium. Novi Sad, Serbia; 11/2014.

  • Chaudhary, A. & Hellweg, S. Indoor exposure to emissions from wood products: Complementary views from life cycle assessment and risk assessment. 24th Meeting SETAC Europe. Basel, Switzerland; 05/2014.

  • Chaudhary, A. Life Cycle Assessment of Wood Products: Filling Data Gaps and Developing New Impact Assessment Methods. Swiss NSF, NRP66 Progress Report Meeting. Murten, Switzerland; 04/2014.

  • Hantush, M.M., Chaudhary,A., Kalin, L., Isik, S. Analytical Modeling of Diffusive Processes at Media Interfaces. International Conference on Simulation and Modeling of Diffusive Processes and Applications (ICMSDPA12). Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India; 10/2012.

  • Chaudhary, A., Lee, J. Y., Keener, T. C., & Yang, Y. J. Impact of Climate Change on Air Quality for Three Midwestern USA Cities. 102nd AWMA Annual Conference and Exhibition.Detroit, USA; 06/2009.

  • Chaudhary, A., Lee, J. Y., Keener, T. C., & Yang, Y. J. Climate Change and Energy Policy Analysis. University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio; 3rd Annual Meeting and Workshop. Columbus, U.S.A; 04/2009.

  • Chaudhary, A., Lee, J. Y., Keener, T. C., & Yang, Y. J. Long term wind speed trends in Midwest USA. 101st AWMA Annual Conference and Exhibition, Portland, U.S.A; 06/2008.

  • Chen, C. (2018). Swiss Food Sustainability Analysis. MSc thesis, ETH Zurich

  • Pezzati, L. (2015). Using GLMs to Assess Biodiversity Recovery in Global Wetlands. MSc thesis, ETH Zurich

  • Catteau, B. (2015). Quantifying human toxicity impacts of common indoor products. BSc thesis, ETH Zurich

  • Messmer, A. (2015). Life cycle assessment of adhesives used in wood constructions. MSc thesis, ETH Zurich

  • Luck, M. (2015). Quantifying the impact of Swiss food imports on biodiversity. BSc thesis, ETH Zurich

  • Hirschberg, J. (2014). Characterizing regionalized land use and land use change flows for forestry products and quantifying their impact on biodiversity. BSc thesis, ETH Zurich

  • Deshpande, P. (2013). Assessment of Pollutant Emissions and Occupational Exposure in the Informal E-Waste Recycling and Disposal Facilities. MSc project thesis, ETH Zurich

  • Introduction to Environmental Science (9 credits), B.Tech. course at IIT Kanpur (CE213A), Autumn Semester, 2019.

  • Principles of Environmental Management (5 credits), M.Tech course at IIT Kanpur (CE667A), Winter semester, 2019

  • Sustainable Food Processing (3 credits), MSc course at ETH Zurich, Spring semester, 2017-18

  • Environmental Computer Lab (3 credits), MSc course at ETH Zurich, Fall semester, 2013-15

  • Member, technical advisory group (TAG) on biodiversity and ecosystem services, Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance partnership (LEAP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2017-18

  • Member, Society for Conservation of Biology, 2018-present

  • Member, UNEP-SETAC working group for assessing land use impacts on biodiversity in LCA, 2014-16

  • Engineer in Training (E.I.T) certificate, State of Ohio, USA, 2011

  • Excerpts of interview:https://weather.com/en-IN/india/news/news/2019-03-17-eat-to-save-the-planet

  • Presentation at Swiss National Science Foundation Meeting:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhzeB5BeW8U

Reviewer for – Nature; Nature Ecology and Evolution; Global Change Biology; Global Environmental Change; PLoS Biology; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS); Environmental Science & Technology; Global Food Security; One Earth; International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment; Journal of Cleaner Production; Science of the Total Environment; Sustainability; Ecological Economics; Food Research International; Public Health Nutrition; Environment, Sustainability and Development.


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