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Supriyo Mitra

Dept: Earth Sciences (DES)
E-mail: supriyomitra [at]
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Research Interest:

My research focuses in studying the crust and upper mantle structure of the Earth and its relation to tectonic deformation. This involves deployment of broadband seismographs as permanent stations and temporary arrays to record earthquake data from a range of distances. The recorded data is analysed using a variety of seismological techniques (a) to understand earthquake faulting, (b) to obtain seismic velocity structure and (c) to understand attenuation characteristics of the crust and upper mantle at different scales.

Academic Background:

  1. Ph.D. (Geophysics), Department of Earth Sciences (University of Cambridge), 2004
  2. M.Sc. (Applied Geology), Department of Earth Sciences (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay), 2000
  3. B.Sc. (Geology), Department of Geological Sciences (Jadavpur University), 1998, (Hons.)


  1. Professor, IISER Kolkata (current)
  2. Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (2010 - 2016)
  3. Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (2005 - 2010)
  4. UKIERI Fellow, University of Cambridge (2008 - 2008)
  5. Visiting Faculty, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (2004 - 2005)

Awards and Honors:

  1. Elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) from Royal Astronomical Society (2020)
  2. Elected Fellow of the West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (FWAST) from West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology (2019)
  3. Visiting Professor from Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Japan. (2019)
  4. Regular Associate of ICTP (2019-2021) from The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (2018)
  5. National Geoscience Award from Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India (2017)
  6. Member of the Research Advisory Committee - National Center for Seismology (NCS) from Ministry of Earth Sciences (2016)
  7. Cambridge Hamied Visiting Lectureship from University of Cambridge International Strategy Office (2016)
  8. NASI SCOPUS Young Scientist Award (2012) from National Academy of Science India and SCOPUS (2013)
  9. Visiting Associate from Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012)
  10. Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences from Indian Academy of Sciences (2011)
  11. INSA Young Scientist medal (2010) in Earth Sciences from Indian National Science Academy (2010)
  12. UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UK-IERI) Fellowship from UK-IERI, British Council (2008)
  13. Foreign Affiliate Member Representative to IRIS from Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology USA (2006)
  14. Lundgren Scholarship from Cambridge Philosophical Society (2004)
  15. Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society from Cambridge Philosophical Society U.K. (2001)
  16. Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust from Cambridge Commonwealth Trust U.K. (2000)
  17. Overseas Research Scholarship from CVCP U. K. (2000)
  18. Nehru Cambridge Scholarship from Cambridge Commonwealth Trust U.K. (2000)

Selected Publications:

  1. Mitra, Supriyo; Sharma, Swati; Priestley, Keith and Wanchoo, Sunil Kumar. 2023."3D crustal structure of the Jammu and Kashmir Himalaya: Signatures of mid-crustal ramp and Lesser Himalayan duplex.." Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 128, JB027350
  2. Chaudhury, Jashodhara and Mitra, Supriyo. 2023."Sub-Continental Lithospheric Mantle Discontinuities beneath the Eastern Himalayan Plate Boundary System, NE India." Geophysical Journal International, xx, xx
  3. Mitra, Supriyo; Wanchoo, Sunil Kumar and Priestley, Keith. 2022."Seismic Coda-Wave Attenuation Tomography of the Jammu and Kashmir Himalaya." Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 127, JB024917
  4. Chaudhury, Jashodhara; Mitra, Supriyo and Sarkar, Tapabrato. 2021."Hales discontinuity in the southern Indian continental lithosphere: Seismological and petrological models." Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 126, JB020564
  5. Powali, Debarchan; Sharma, Shubham; Mandal, Riddhi and Mitra, Supriyo. 2020."A reappraisal of the 2005 Kashmir (Mw 7.6) earthquake and its aftershocks: Seismotectonics of NW Himalaya." Tectonophysics, 789, 228501

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