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Melinda Kumar Bera

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2011)
Area of Interest:
Sedimentology, Sequence stratigraphy, Stable isotope geochemistry
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My research focuses in studying the sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and stable isotope geochemistry of Palaeogene foreland sediments of Himalaya to understand the Tectonic-Climate Interaction which is believe to responsible for the Cenozoic Greenhouse-Icehouse Transition. While Sedimentologic and Sequence Stratigraphic analysis helps to identify the tectonic forcing on depositional patterns, stable isotopic analysis on various kinds of samples (organic matter, carbonate, water, clay, and bio-apatite) used to reconstruct the climate change during the deposition of these sediments.

Academic Qualification:

Ph.D. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

M.Sc. University of Delhi

B.Sc. Presidency College, Kolkata


Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata, (Jan 2012 - )

Awards and Honors:

INSA Medal for Young Scientists: 2012

Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2013 - 2016)

List of Publications:
  • Bera, M.K., Sarkar, A., Chakrabarty, P.P., Loyal, R. and Sanyal, P., 2008. Marine to continental transition in Himalayan foreland, Bulletin Geological Society of America, v. 120 (9-10), p. 1214-1232.
  • Sanyal, P., Acharya, B.C., Bhattacharya, S.K., Sarkar, A., Agrawal, S. and Bera, M.K., 2009. Origin of graphite, and temperature of metamorphism in Precambrian Eastern Ghats Mobile Belt, Orissa, India: a carbon isotope approach, Journal of Asian Earth Science, v. 36 (2-3), p. 252-260.
  • Sarkar, A., Sengupta, S., McArthur, J.M., Ravenscoft, P., Bera, M.K., Bhushan, R., Samanta, A. and Agrawal, S., 2009. Evolution of Ganges-Brahmaputra western delta plain: Clues from sedimentology and carbon isotope, Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 28, p. 2564–2581.
  • Sarkar, A., Chakraborty, P.P., Mishra, B., Bera, M.K., Sanyal, P. and Paul, S., 2010. Mesoproterozoic sulphidic ocean, delayed oxygenation and evolution of early life: sulphur isotope clues from Indian Proterozoic basins, Geological Magazine, v. 147(2), p. 206-218. doi:10.1017/S0016756809990380.
  • Bera, M.K., Sarkar, A., Chakrabarty, P.P., Loyal. R. and Sanyal, P., 2010. “Reply to comments of Singh, B. P. on Marine to continental transition in Himalayan foreland”, Bulletin Geological Society of America, v. 122 (5-6), p. 956-959.
  • Bera, M.K., Sarkar, A., Chakrabarty, P.P., Ravikant, V. and Choudhury, A.K., 2010a. Forced regressive shoreface sandstone from Himalayan foreland: implications to early Himalayan tectonic evolution. Sedimentary Geology, v. 229 (4), p. 268-281. doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2010.06.013.
  • Bera, M.K., Sarkar, A., Tandon, S.K., Samanta, A. and Sanyal, P., 2010b. Does burial diagenesis reset pristine isotopic compositions in paleosol carbonates? Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 300, p. 85-100.
  • Bera, M.K., Bhattacharya, K., Sarkar, A., Samanta, A., Kumar, K. and Sahni, A., 2010c. Oxygen isotope analysis of bone and tooth enamel phosphate from Palaeogene sediments: experimental techniques and initial results, Journal of the Geological Society of India, v. 76, p. 275-282.
  • Bera, M.K., Sarkar, A. and Chakrabarty, P.P., 2011. Discussion on “Storm Activities during the Sedimentation of Late Paleocene-Middle Eocene Subathu Formation, Western Himalayan Foreland Basin” by B.P. Singh & A.K. Srivastava, Journal of the Geological Society of India, v. 78, p. 185-186.
  • Samanta, A., Sarkar, A., Bera, M.K., Rai, Jyotsana, Rathore, S.S., 2013. Late Paleocene-early Eocene carbon isotope stratigraphy from a near-terrestrial tropical section and antiquity of Indian mammals. Journal of Earth System Science, v. 122, p. 163-171.
  • Bera, M.K. Mandal, A., 2013. Forced regression across the marine to continental transition in Jammu sub-basin: Implication to the Oligo-Miocene unconformity in the Himalayan foreland. Journal of Asian Earth Science, v. 67–68, p. 37–45.
  • Agrawal, S., Sanyal, P., Bera, M.K., Dash, J.K., and Balakrishnan, S., 2013. Paleoclimatic, paleovegetational and provenance change in the Ganga Plain during the late Quaternary. Journal of Earth System Science, v. 122, p. 1141-1152.
  • Samanta, A., Bera, M.K., Ghosh, R., Bera, S., Filley, T., Pande, K., Rathore, S.S., Rai, J., Sarkar, A., 2013. Do large carbon isotopic excursions in terrestrial organic matter across Palaeocene-Eocene boundary in India indicate intensification of tropical precipitation? Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 387, p. 91-103.