Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
Department of Geological Sciences, Jadavpur University, Kolkata-700 032,India /
phone: 2414-6366 (033) Fax: +91 033-24146781.

Residence: 46A, R.N. Das Road, Block-I,Flat-1C, Kolkata-700 031(Dhakuria), India
Fax:+91 033-24146781
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Curriculum Vita


Ph.D. 1991 Jadavpur
M.Sc 1984 Burdwan

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Industrial Experience (0)
Field of Specialization
Sedimentology /Baisn Evolution/Sequence Stratigraphy
Courses Taught/Teaching
Under Graduate: Sedimentology/ Principles of Stratigraphy/Geomorphology

Post Graduate: Sedimentology/Sequence Stratigraphy/Proterozoic Basins of India.

Co-ordinates and Teaches in DST and UGC-sponsored Courses on Sequence Stratigraphy/Basin evolution / Sedimentology for teachers/Research Scholars.

Delivers lectures on Sequence Stratigraphy/Sedimentology/ Precambrian paleobiology in different Indian Universities and Research Institutes regularly.

Interaction with Industry; Cairns, TCS, ONGC,Reliance
Research Area
Facies and Sequence architecture of different Indian Proterozoic basins with special emphasis on Proterozoic Vindhyan basin of central India, Marwar basin of western Rajasthan, Kaldghi basin of South India; Basin analysis of Precambrian sedimentary successions; Distinctiveness of Precambrian sedimentation and sequence-building with special emphasis on bedform evolution, sedimentation dynamics, stratigraphic architecture and paleobiology; (in co-operation with P.G.Eriksson, Pretoria University, South Africa, Wlady Altermann of Munich University &Pretoria University, Octavian, Catuneanu, Univ. of Alberta, Canada, Pradip Bose, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Santanu Banerjee, IIT Bombay, P.P. Chakraborty, Delhi University, Dave Nelson, Australia).
27 years in Research and 18 years in Teaching,
Enjoyed Research Fellowship of Govt. of South Africa,1999 & 2012
INSA-DFG Exchange Programme,2007
INSA-JSPS Exchange Programme,2011

Gudied 6 Ph.D and 38 M.Sc. theses.

Currently guiding
6 Ph.D Students
(Sunipa Mandal, Nivedita Chakraborty, Anudev Mandal, Adrita Chaudhuri, Saikat Bhakta)

6 M. Sc. Students

Membership in Academic Societies
Member, Global Precambrian Sedimentation Syndicate (GPSS), a small working group comprising of people from different continents investigating Precambrian sedimentary record worldwide.
International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
Member, Executive committee, Indian Association of Sedimentologist

Publications : 75 in peer-reviewed journals/books

Edited volumes of Sedimentary Geology (Sedimentology and Palaeontology of rift basin, vol. 147/1-2; Sedimentary systems and sequence stratigraphy related to Precambrian sea level change,vol.176/1-2), Precambrian Research (New perspectives in the study of the Precambrian continental crust of India: An integrated sedimentologic, isotopic, tectonometamorphic and seismological appraisal,vol.162 ), Book entitled“ Atlas of Microbial mat features preserved within siliciclastic rock record”(Elsevier,2007)

Some important publications:

Sarkar S, Bose, P. Das, N., Santanu Banerjee, Mandal, A. and Chakraborty N. 2014Proterozoic Vindhyan basin: configuration and evolution Jour. Geological Society of London(Geological Society Special Publications )(in press)
Sarkar, S ., Chakraborty, ., Mandal, ., Banerjee, S., Bose, P K.2014. Siliciclastic-carbonate mixing modes in the river-mouth bar palaeogeography of the Late Cretaceous Garudamangalam Sandstone (Ariyalur, India). Journal of Palaeogeography (in press)

Mukhopadhyay, S., Choudhuri, A., Samanta, P., Sarkar, S., Bose, P.K.2013, Were the hydraulic parameters of Precambrian rivers different? Journal of Asian Earth Sciences,(in press). ), doi:

Eriksson , P. G., Banerjee, S., Catuneanu , O.,. Corcoran, P. L,Eriksson , K. A.. Hiatt , E. E., Laflamme , M. , Lenhardt , N., Long , D. G..F., Miall , A. D. ,. Mints , M. V., Pufahl , P. K., Sarkar , S., Simpson , E. L., Williams ,G. E.2013, Secular changes in sedimentation systems and sequence stratigraphy. Gondowana Research 24 468–489
Sarkar,S. Samanta,P., Mukhopadhyay, S. and Bose, P.K. 2012.Stratigraphic Architecture of the Sonia Fluvial interval, India in its Precambrian Context. Preca,mbrian Research. Precambrian Research 214/ 215 (2012) 210– 226.

Bose, P.K., Eriksson, P.G., Sarkar, S., Wright, D., Samanta, P., Mukhopadhyay, S., Mandal, S, Banerjee,S. and Altermann, W.2012.Sedimentation patterns during the Precambrian: a unique record . Marine and Petroleum Geology 33, 34-68.
Chakraborty, P.P., Sarkar,S. and Patranabis-Deb,S.2012. Tectonics and Sedimentation of Proterozoic Basins of Peninsular India. Proc Indian Natn. Sci. Acad 78 No. 3, 393-400
Sarkar, S. Samanta, P. and Altermann, W.2011.Setulfs, modern and ancient: Formative mechanism, preservation bias and paleoenvironmental implications. Sedimentary Geology,238,71-78.

Sarkar, S., Bose, P. K. and Eriksson, P.G.2011 Neoproterozoic tsunamiite: Upper Bhander Sandstone, Central India. Sedimentary Geology , 238,181-190.

Samanta,P., Mukhopadhyay,S., Mondal,A. and Sarkar,S. 2011. Microbial mat structures in profile: neoproterozoic Sonia Sandstone, Rajasthan, India. Journal of Asian Earth Science,40,542-549.

Eriksson,P.G.,Sarkar, S, Banerjee,S. Porada, H., Catuneanu, O and Samanta, P.2010. Paleoenvironmental context of microbial mat-related structures in siliciclastic rocks :Examples from the Proterozoic of India and South Africa Series: In: Microbial Mats (eds) J.Seckbach and A. Oren. No. 14. Cellular Origin, Life in Extremem Habitats and Astrobiology, Springer.v.14, Springer, pp.71-108.

Sarkar,S, Bose, P.K., Samanta,P., Sengupta, P. and Eriksson, P.G. 2008. Microbial mat-mediated structures in the Ediacaran Sonia sandstone, Rajasthan, India and their implications for Proterozoic sedimentation. Precambrian Research, 162,248-263.

Eriksson P. G., Banerjee S... Nelson , D. R., Rigby, M. J., Catuneanu , O., Sarkar, S., James ,R. , Ruban , D. Mtimkulu , M. N. Sunder Raju, P.V. 2009 A Kaapvaal craton debate: Nucleus of an early small supercontinent or affected by an enhanced accretion event? Gondwana Research 15, 354–372

Bose, P. K., Sarkar, S., Mukhopadhyay, S. Saha, B. and Eriksson, P.G.2008 Precambrian basin-margin fan deposits: Mesoproterozoic Bagalkot Group, India. Precambrian Research v.162, 264-282.

Sarkar, S. and Banerjee, S., 2007. Some unusual and/or problematic features. In: Schieber, J., Bose, P.K., Eriksson, P.G. Banerjee, S., Sarkar, S., Catuneanu, O. and Altermann, W. (Eds.), An Atlas of Microbial Mat Features Preserved within the Clastic Rock Record, Elsevier, pp. 145-147.

Bose, P.K., Sarkar, S., Banerjee, S. and Chakraborty, S., 2007. Mat-related features From the Vindhyan Supergroup in central India. In: Schieber, J., Bose, P.K., Eriksson, P.G. Banerjee, S., Sarkar, S., Catuneanu, O., and Altermann, W. (Eds.), An Atlas of Microbial Mat Features Preserved within the Clastic Rock Record, Elsevier, pp. 181-188.

Sarkar, S., Banerjee, S., Samanta, P. and Jeevankumar, S. 2006 Microbial mat-induced sedimentary structures in siliciclastic sediments: Examples from the 1.6 Ga Chorhat Sandstone, Vindhyan Supergroup, M.P., India Journal of Earth System Science v. 115, No. 1, p.49-60.

Sarkar, S., Banerjee, S. Eriksson, P. G and Catuneanu O. 2005. Microbial mat control on siliciclastic Precambrian sequence stratigraphic architecture: examples from India. Sedimentary Geology, v.176, p.195-209.

Sarkar, S., Banerjee, S and Eriksson, P.G., 2004. Microbial mat features in sandstone illustrated. In: The Precambrian Earth: Tempos and Events (Ed. by. P.G. Eriksson, W. Altermann, W. Nelson, D.R. Mueller and O. Catuneanu), Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 673-675.

Parizot,M., Eriksson,P.G., Aifa, T., Sarkar,S., Banerjee,S., Catuneanu, O., Altermann, W.Bumby, A.J., Bordy, E. M. and Boshoff, A. J.: 2005. Microbial mat-related crack-like sedimentary structures in the c. 2.1 Ga Magaliesberg Formation sandstones, South Africa. Precambrian Research v.138, p.274-296.

Mazumder.R. and Sarkar,S. 2004 Sedimentation history of the Palaeoproterozoic Dhanjori Formation,Singhbhum, Eastern India. Precambrian Research, v.130,p.269- 289.

Sarkar,S., Eriksson, P.G. and Chakraborty, S. 2004 Epeiric sea formartion on Neoproterozoic Supercontinent break-up:a distinctive signature in coastal storm bed
amalgamation. Gondwana Research, v.7, p.313-322.

Rasmussen,B., Bose,P.K., Sarkar,S., Banerjee,S., Fletcher,I.R. and McNaughton,N.J. 2002. 1.6 billion year age for Chorhat Sandstone, India, and implications for early animal evolution . Geology, .v.30, p.103-106.

Sarkar, S.. Banerjee, S. Chakraborty and P.K. Bose 2002.Shelf storm flow dynamics:an insight from the Mesoproterozoic Rampur Shale, central India. Sedimentary Geology ,v.147, p.89-104.

Sarkar, S., Chakraborty, S., Banerjee, S. and P.K. Bose, 2002. Facies sequence and cryptic imprint of sag tectonics in late Proterozoic Sirbu Shale, central India. In: Precambrian Sedimentary Environments: A Modern Approach to Ancient Depositional Systems (Ed. by W. Altermann and P. Corcoran), Special Publication of the International Association of Sedimentologists, No. 33, Blackwell Science, pp. 369-382.

Bose,P.K., Sarkar,S. Chakraborty,S. Banerjee,S. 2001. Overview of the meso- to neoproterozoic evolution of the Vindhyan basin, central India. Sedimentary Geology, v.141/142, p.395-419.

Eriksson, P.G., Martins-Neto, M.A., Nelson, D.R., Aspler, L.B., Chiarenzelli, J,R., Catuneanu, O., Sarkar, S., Altermann,, W., Rautenbach, W. 2001 An Introduction to Precambrian basins: character, and major genetic influences. Sedimentary Geology ,v.141/142, p.1-38

Eriksson, P.G., Mazumder, R., Sarkar, S., Bose, P.K., Altermann, W. & Merwe, vander,R. 1999. The 2.7-2.0 volcano-sedimentary record of Africa, India and Australia : evidence for global and local changes in sea-level and continental freeboard. In variations in sea-level and continental freeboard: evidence from the Precambrian volcano-sedimentary record. Precambrian Research, v. 97, p.269-302.

Sarkar ,S., Chakraborty, P.P., Bhattacharyya, S.K., & Bannerjee, S., 1998. C-12 enrichment along intraformational unconformities within Proterozoic Bhander Limestone, Son Valley, India and its implications. Carbonates and Evaporites,v. 13, p.108-114.

Bose, P.K., Banerjee, S. & Sarkar,S. 1997. Slope controlled seismic deformation and tectonic framework of deposition: Koldaha Shale, India. Tectonophysics, v. 269,p.151- 169.

Sarkar , S. , Banerjee , S & Bose, P.K. 1996. Trace fossils in Mesoproterozoic
Koldaha Shale, central India and their implications. N. Jb. Paleont.Mh. v.7, p.425-438.

Sarkar, S., Bose, P.K., & Friedmann, G.M. 1993. Ordered stoichiometric and sucrosic dolomitization: a result of prolonged exposure to warm sea-water: Proterozoic Chanda Limestone, Adilabad, India. Carbonates and Evaporites,v. 8, p.109-117.

Sarkar, S. & Bose, P.K., 1992. Variations in late Proterozoic stromatolite forms over a transition from basin plain to nearshore subtidal. Precambrian Research, v. 56, p.149- 157

Sarkar, S., Bose, P.K. & Bandhyopadhyay, S., 1991. Intertidal occurrence of mesoscale scours in the Bay of Bengal, India and their implications. Sedimentary Geology, v. 75, p.29-37.

Bose, P. K., & Sarkar, S. 1991. Basinal autoclastic massflow regime in Precambrian Chanda Limestone Formation, Adilabad, India. Sedimentary Geology,v. 73, p.299-315.

Seth, A., Sarkar, S. & Bose, P.K., 1990. Synsedimentary seismic activity in an immature passive margin basin, lower member of Katrol Formation, Upper Jurassic, Kutch, India. Sedimentary Geology, v. 68, p.279-291.

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Books Published (1)
Book Title Publisher Name Year Role

An Atlas of microbial mat features preserved within the siliciclastic rock record. 311 pp. Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, 2007
Awarded By Award Name Year

Department of Mines and Minerals, Govt. of India National Geoscience Award 2011
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Project Works (7)
Project Title Worked As Funding Agency Amount Duration Period Status

Geology,Geochemistry and Evaluation of Total Organic Carbon potential for the Argillaceous intervals from the Proterozoic Vindhyan and Chattisgarh Basins of India. DST, Govt. of India 3 years 2012 to  Ongoing
Proterozoic Distinctions in Sedimentation and Sequence Building: Bagalkot Group, Karnataka Co-Investigator DST, Govt. of India 3 years 2011 to  Ongoing
Imprint of Himalayan orogeny and neo tectonism in sediment, drainage and landform in Sevok-Rongpo transect (ESS/16/293/2006) Co-Investigator DST, Govt. of India 3 years 2007 to 2010 Complete
Shallow marine event beds within the upper Vindhyans, Son valley, central India [24(0293)/07/EMR] Principal Investigator CSIR 3 years 2007 to 2010 Complete
Paleogeography and paleoenvironment of Mesozoics around Jaisalmer and their implications [No. F.5-7/2003(SR)] Co-Investigator UGC 3 years 2003 to 2006 Complete
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InviteLectures (12)
Title Organised By Venue Year

Delivered invited lectures and conduct field training programme in training Institute, Aizwal, Mizoran for the GSI Trainees GSI Aizwal, May,2012 2012
Delivered Invited lectures in GSI training Institute, Kolkata for the GSI Trainees GSI Kolkata GSI 2011
Delivered Lectures on Carboanate Platform development and Carbonate Sequence stratigraphy in a DST sponsored Programme Department of Applied Geology and Geophysics ISM, Dhanbad 2007
Delivered Lectures on Sequence stratigraphy Department of Geology Mizoram University.August,23.-26 2006
Conducted field programme at Bhuj and Jaisalmer for the participants of Winter school sponsored by DST, Govt. of India at IIT Bombay, Mumbai. Department of Earth Science IIT Bombay, Mumbai. 2004
Membership Of Learned Societies (4)

Member, Executive committee, Indian Association of Sedimentologist
Editorial Committee Member, Journal of Palaeogeography
Member, International Association of Sedimentologists
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Session chaired (1)
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1st International Palaeogeography Confrrence Plenary session held Multi-function hall, Jundu Holiday Village at Beijing, China Journal of Palaeogeography,China University of Petroleum (Beijing) Beijing, China September 14-17th September, 2013
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Reviewer for the Sedimentary Geology, Journal of Sedimentary Research, Sedimentology, Precambrian Research,Gondowana Research, Journal of Geological Society of India, Journal of Earth
System Science, Indian Journal of Earth Science, Indian Journal
of Geology, Indian National Science Academy Journal, Journal of
African Earth Sciences, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Geoscience
Frontiers, Journal of Palaeogeography