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Introducing Prof Sudipta Das Gupta

We are delighted to welcome Mr. Sudipta Das Gupta to the IIT Bombay family. He joined the Department of Earth Sciences IIT Bombay last year.

He completed his Bachelors in Geology form University of Calcutta, Kolkata, in the year 2002. Then he completed his Master’s Degree in Applied Geology in 2005 from IIT Roorkee. After working for few years in the Oil and Gas industry he completed his Ph.D. in Sedimentology, Ichnology and Sequence Stratigraphy, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 2015.

Talking about his research he mentions that Academically he is interested in the animal-sediment interactions in deep geological time (ichnology), stacking patterns of sedimentary strata (high-resolution sequence stratigraphy) and the integration of geological and geophysical data in understanding the clastic sedimentary processes in oceanic and terrestrial environments (clastic process sedimentology). Where as from Industrial viewpoint he is interested in Application of clastic sedimentology, ichnology, and sequence stratigraphy in hydrocarbon reservoir characterization and Integrated basin analysis for petroleum and marine explorations. 

On being asked about his professional experience he mentions that he has worked as Senior Geoscientist (Senior Geophysicist Interpretation), 2005 – 2010, Reliance Industries Ltd. (E&P), Navi Mumbai, India. He also worked in the capacity of Teaching Assistant, 2010 – 2015, University of Saskatchewan, Canada and as a Research Associate, 2016 – 2017, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada. He was a part of National Postdoctoral Program, 2017, UNISINOS, São Leopoldo, Brazil as CAPES-CNPq Fellow. 

Speaking on his research and its implication on the future he says that his research encompasses the application of a range of disciplines, i.e., sedimentary geology, geophysics, and palaeobiology. The work involves evaluating the ancient oceanic and terrestrial sedimentary environments. The objective of his research is to establish how the changes in high-frequency relative-sea-level and palaeo-oceanographic, plate-tectonic, and palaeo-climatic conditions influence the evolution of a basin along with its benthic biota residing on and within the sediments. His research focus is on the highly unexplored present and ancient frontier sedimentary basins, e.g., the deep ocean, circumpolar regions, tropical deltas, and unusual terrestrial settings. The oceans (and hydrosphere as a whole; both present and ancient) are “95 % unexplored” (Ocean Facts, NOAA). He adds that we have more detailed information about the surface of the Moon and Mars than the Earth's own hydrosphere. As a geoscientist and palaeobiologist at one of the premium-most institutions of a country with one-fifth of human population of this planet, he wishes to try to push that boundary of ignorance a bit further away. He believes that this research endeavour of his should rightfully play a humble role in achieving energy security for India.

When asked about his future plans at IIT Bombay he says that  at the end of his tenure, he would like to see the alumni of the Department of Earth Sciences, IITB, well-established in key governmental, intellectual, and industrial positions at every geographic corner around the world. 

Expressing his idea of engaging students inside and outside the classroom he says that the concept of analogue study is essential in geosciences. And, geological analogues may not necessarily be situated within the country. The students and young researchers at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels require intensive field training not only within the political boundary of India but also abroad. More and more geoscientists from the IITs have to be involved in the international expeditions (e.g., polar expeditions, ocean-drilling and continental-drilling projects) and also in the international collaborations between the PSUs involved in geoexploration and their partners abroad on behalf of the Union Government of India. The students and young researchers of the IITB have the full potential of being a part of unleashing India's soft power in the arena of international geoexploration for resources and poorly-explored abyss and territories.

He likes to spend his free time cartooning and micro-blogging; scouting trends in international relations; exploring foreign languages, cultures, and cuisines; and enjoying Hindustani classical, Jazz, and Rabindra Sangeet.