Tarun Kumar Dalai

Associate Professor
Dept: Earth Sciences (DES)
E-mail: dalai [at] iiserkol.ac.in
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Research Interest:

    Application of trace elements and isotopes in study of: Continental erosion and weathering, global climate change, evolution of ocean chemistry in response to global events, accretion of extraterrestrial matter, tracing the effect anthropogenic activity through time. Cycling of isotopes, trace elements and nutrients in estuaries


Academic Background:
  1. B Sc. with Honors (Geology), Ravenshaw College (Utkal University), 1993
  2. M Tech. with Honors (Applied Geology), University of Roorkee, 1996
  3. Ph. D. (Geology), Physical Research Laboratory (M S University, Baroda), 2003


Positions:
  1. Post Doctoral Fellow, Ocean Research Institute, Tokyo (2002 - 2004)
  2. Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Hawaii, Honolulu (2004 - 2005)
  3. Scientist Fellow, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa (2005 - 2006)
  4. Visiting Faculty, IIT Kharagpur (2006 - 2007)
  5. Assistant Professor, IIT Kharagpur (2007 - 2010)
  6. Associate Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )


Awards and Honors:
  1. JSPS Post Doctoral Fellowship from JSPS (2002)
  2. INSA Young Scientist in Earth Sciences from Indian National Science Academy (2005)
  3. JSPS Invitation Fellowship from JSPS (2009)


Selected Publications:
  1. Samanta*, Saumik; Amrutha*, K; Dalai, Tarun K and Kumar, Sanjeev. 2017. "Heavy metals in the Ganga (Hooghly) River estuary sediment column: evaluation of association, geochemical cycling and anthropogenic enrichment." Environmental Earth Sciences, 76, 140
  2. Samanta*, Saumik and Dalai, Tarun K. 2016. "Dissolved and particulate in the Ganga (Hooghly) River estuary, India: Solute-particle interactions and the enhanced dissolved flux to the oceans." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta , 195, 1-28
  3. Samanta*, Saumik; Dalai, Tarun K.; Pattanaik, Jitendra K.; Rai, Santosh K. and Mazumadar, Aninda. 2015. "Dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and its d13C in the Ganga (Hooghly) River estuary, India: Evidence of DIC generation via organic carbon degradation and carbonate dissolution.." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 165, 226-248