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Kathakali Bhattacharyya

Associate Professor
Dept: Earth Sciences (DES)
E-mail: kathakali [at]
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Research Interest:

Geometry and Kinematics of Fold Thrust Belts; Microstructures and Mechanical Evolution of Fault Zones; Strain Analysis and Strain Partitioning across scales

Academic Background:

  1. PhD (Geological Sciences), University of Rochester (Rochester), 2010
  2. MS (Geological Sciences), University of Rochester, 2006
  3. MSc (Applied Geology), IIT Kharagpur, 2003
  4. BSc (Geology), Calcutta University, 2001


  1. Associate Professor, IISER Kolkata (current)
  2. Assistant Professor, IISER Kolkata (2011 - 2016)
  3. Post Doctoral Fellow, Yonsei University (2010 - 2011)

Selected Publications:

  1. Parui, Chirantan and Bhattacharyya, Kathakali. 2024."Estimating accurate and precise strain in low-magnitude penetratively deformed rocks: Integrating forward strain modeling and natural data." Journal of Structural Geology, 181, 1-22
  2. Parui, Chirantan; Bhattacharyya, Kathakali and Ghosh, Pritam. 2022."Penetrative Strain and Partitioning of Convergence-Related Shallow Crustal Shortening, Across Scales, in the Lesser- and Sub-Himalayan Thrusts: Insights From the Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim." Tectonics, 41, 1-35
  3. Ghosh, Pritam and Bhattacharyya, Kathakali. 2022."Investigating inter-relationships among kinematic vorticity, strain, and minimum translations from shear zones associated with internal thrusts of major fold-thrust belts." Earth-Science Reviews, 231, 1-23
  4. Das, Jyoti Prasad; Bhattacharyya, Kathakali and Mamtani, Manish A.. 2021."A kinematic approach for investigating magnetic and strain fabrics from constrictional and flattening domains of shear zones in Sikkim Himalayan fold thrust belt." Journal of Structural Geology, 149, 1-20
  5. Ghosh, Pritam; Bhattacharyya, Kathakali and Parui, Chirantan. 2020."Tracking progressive deformation of an orogenic wedge through two successive internal thrusts: Insights from structure, deformation profile, strain, and vorticity of the Main Central thrust (MCT) and the Pelling-Munsiari thrust (PT), Sikkim Himalayan fold thrust belt." Journal of Structural Geology, 140, 1-29

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