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Dr. Raj Kumar Singh
Title : Assistant Professor
School : Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences
Office (Room No.) : SBS-305, Permanent campus, Arugul
Phone No. (Office) : 916747135516
Email : rksingh@iitbbs.ac.in
Research Scholars : 1. Ms. Manisha Das (INSPIRE), 2. Ms. S.S. Barik (IA), 3. Mr. N. Vats (CSIR)
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Research Interests
Paleoclimatology; Paleoceanography; Marine Micropaleontology; Sedimentology; Hydrogeology
Degree Discipline Year School
Ph.D. Geology and Geophysics 2009 Indian Institute Of Technology, Kharagpur
Recent Publications (International Journals)
Barik, S.S., Singh, R.K., Jena, P.S., Tripathy, S., Sharma, K., Prusty, P., 2019. Spatio-temporal variations in ecology and CO2 sequestration in coastal lagoon: A foraminiferal perspective. Marine Micropaleontology, 147, 43-56. doi.org/10.1016/j.marmicro.2019.02.003
Das, M., Vats, N., Singh, R.K., Mishra, S., Barik, S.S., Divya, R.V., Sengupta, S., Kumar, A. and Pandey, D.K. 2019. Assessing Mid-Pleistocene to Holocene Sea-ice Extent and Carbonate Compensation Depth fluctuations in the Japan Sea: a multiproxy approach. Springer Society of Earth Scientists Series (Springer SES) (In press).
Farooq, S.H., Prusty, P., Singh, R.K., Sen, S., Chandrasekharam, D., 2018 Fluoride contamination of groundwater and its seasonal variability in parts of Purulia district, West Bengal, India. Arabian Journal of Geoscienences, 11(22), 709.
Das, M., Singh, R. K., Vats, N., Holbourn, A., Mishra, S., Farooq, S. H., & Pandey, D. K. (2018). Changes in the distribution of Uvigerinidae species over the past 775 kyr: Implications for the paleoceanographic evolution of the Japan Sea. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 507, 201-213
Tada, R., et al., 2018. High-resolution and high-precision correlation of dark and light layers in the Quaternary hemipelagic sediments of the Japan Sea recovered during IODP Expedition 346. Progress in Earth and Planetary Sciences. DOI: 10.1186/s40645-018-0167-8
Singh R.K., Das M. 2018. Mahanadi: The Great River. In: Singh D. (eds) The Indian Rivers, 309-318. Springer Hydrogeology. Springer, Singapore
Das, M., Singh, R.K., Gupta, A.K., Bhaumik, A.K., 2017. Holocene strengthening of the oxygen minimum zone in the northwestern Arabian Sea linked to changes in intermediate water circulation or Indian monsoon intensity? Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.10.035
Dutt, S., Gupta, A.K., Clemens, S., Cheng, H., Singh, R.K., Kathayat, G., Edwards, R.L., 2015. Abrupt changes in Indian Summer Monsoon strength during 33,800 to 5,500 yr BP. Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/2015GL064015.
Dwivedi, S.N. and Singh, R.K., 2015. Inter-aquifer water transfer through combination well for artificial recharging of the deeper aquifer system in Patna urban area. Current Science, 108(7), 1219-1221.
Expedition 346 Scientists, 2015. Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Volume 346 Expedition Reports. Doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.346.2015
Tiwari,S.K., Singh, R.K., Singh, J., Gupta, A.K., Bartarya, S.K. and Rai S.K.,2015. Impact of limestone mining activities on major ion geochemistry of Krem Markhyrdop water, Meghalaya, India. Himalayan Geology, 36(1), 74 – 80.
Singh, R.K. and Gupta, A.K., 2014. Miocene history of Indian Monsoon: a review of marine records. Special publication of the palaeontological society of India, 5, 101-109.
Expedition 346 Scientists, 2014. Asian Monsoon: onset and evolution of millennial-scale variability of Asian monsoon and its possible relation with Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau uplift. IODP Preliminary Report, 346. doi:10.2204/iodp.pr.346.2014
Saha, D., Dwivedi, S.N. and Singh, R.K., 2014. Aquifer System Response to Intensive Pumping in Urban Areas of the Gangetic Plains, India- the case-study of Patna. Environmental Earth Sciences, 71,1721-1735
Gupta A.K., Mohan, K., Das M., and Singh, R.K., 2013. Solar forcing of the Indian Summer monsoon variability during ǺlleØd period, Nature Scientific Reports, 3:2753 DOI:10.1038/srep02753
Verma, S., Gupta, A.K. and Singh, R.K., 2013. Variations in deep-sea benthic foraminifera at ODP Hole 756B, southeastern Indian Ocean: Evidence for changes in deep ocean circulation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 376, 172-183
Gupta A.K., Singh, R.K. and Verma, S., 2013. Deep-sea paleoceanographic evolution of the eastern Indian Ocean during the late Oligocene-Pleistocene: Species Diversity trends in benthic foraminifera. Current Science, 104(7), pp. 1-7
Singh, R.K., Gupta A.K. and Das M., 2012. Paleoceanographic significance of deep-sea benthic foraminiferal species diversity at southeastern Indian Ocean Hole 752A. Palaeogeography,Palaeoclimatology,Palaeoecology, 361, pp. 94-103
Singh, R.K. and Gupta A.K., 2010. Deep-sea benthic foraminiferal changes in the eastern Indian Ocean (ODP Hole 757B): their links to deep Indonesian (Pacific) flow and high latitude glaciation during the Neogene. Episodes, 33(2), pp. 74-82
Bhaumik, A.K., Gupta, A.K., Mohan, K. and Singh R.K., 2008. Disappearance of  Stilostomella lepidula (Schwager) across the mid-Pleistocene Transition and its palaeoceanographic implication. Current Science, 94(6), 758-764
Singh R.K. and Gupta A.K., 2005. Abrupt changes in Benthic Foraminiferal species diversity and their link to the high latitude Glaciations during the Neogene. Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 35(3), pp. 219–227
Singh, R.K. and Gupta A.K., 2004. Late Oligocene-Miocene paleoceanographic evolution of the southeastern Indian Ocean: Evidence from deep-sea Benthic foraminifera (ODP Site 757). Marine Micropaleontology, 51, pp.153-170
Gupta A.K., Singh, R.K., Joseph, S. and Thomas, E., 2004. Linked to global cooling or to the initiation of the Indian monsoons? Geology, 32 (9), pp.753-756
Conferences (International)
Das, M., Singh, R.K., Vats, N., Holbourn, A.,Mishra, S., Farooq, S.H., Pandey, D.K., 2019. Middle Pleistocene to Holocene bottom water oxygenation variability in the Japan Sea : A foraminiferal perspective. In International Conference ‘Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation: Emphasis on India and Neighborhood at CORAL, IIT Kharagpur, 26 February - 2 March 2019
Dutt, S., Gupta, A.K., Cheng, H., Clemens, S., Singh, R.K., Jaglan, S., 2019. Indian summer monsoon variability and its driving factors during past two millennia. In International Conference ‘Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation: Emphasis on India and Neighborhood at CORAL, IIT Kharagpur, 26 February - 2 March 2019
Barik, S.S., Singh, R.K., Tripathy, S., Prusty, P., Jena, P.S., and Sharma, K. 2019. Effect of spatio-temporal variations of ecosystem on CO2 sequestration in coastal region. In International Conference ‘Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation: Emphasis on India and Neighborhood at CORAL, IIT Kharagpur, 26 February - 2nd March 2019.
Barik, S.S., Singh, R.K., Sharma, K., 2018. Assessing seasonal and spatial ecological variations in coastal Chilika Lake in East coast of India using Foraminifera and grain size distribution. In ECSA 57: Changing estuaries, coasts and shelf systems - Diverse threats and opportunities, 3-6 September 2018 | Pan Pacific Perth, Perth, WA, Australia.
Barik, S.S., Mahto, D., Singh, R.K., Tripathy, S., Prusty, P., 2017. Assessing salinity variations in brackish Chilika Lake – a multiproxy approach, 5th Open Science Meeting, Zaragoza, Spain, 9-13 May 2017 pp 174 (ID:01978, 18).
Vats, N., Singh, R.K., Das, M., Pandey, D.K., 2016. Variability in the East Asian summer monsoon during late Pleistocence in East China Sea. 1st CVAS Workshop during 28-30 November 2016 at Hamburg University, Germany.
Das, M., Singh, R.K., Farooq, S.H., Vats, N., 2016. Variability of Asian monsoon and its linkage with deep-sea water and ecological system of benthic foraminifera assemblages over 700 Ka. 1st CVAS Workshop during 28-30 November 2016 at Hamburg University, Germany.
Singh, R.K., Holbourn A., Kuhnt, W., Das, M., 2016. Assessing deep sea temperature variability in East China Sea using population abundance and Mg/Ca ratio of benthic foraminifera. In 2nd IODP Expedition 346 post cruise meeting, 22-24 January 2016. University of Melbourne, Australia.
Singh, R.K., Gupta A.K. and Flower, B.P., 2003. Paleoceanographic changes at ODP site 757B, eastern Indian Ocean during Plio-Pleistocene. EILQUEC and POLTRAIN – 2003. Late Quaternary Environmental Change – Emerging Issues. An International PAGES Workshop cum Training Programme on Global Change held during 10th-15th February 2003 at Pondicherry.
Som Dutt, Gupta A.K., Cheng H., Rai S.K., Singh, R.K., 2015. Variability in Indian monsoon over past 5000 years: Impacts on South Asian societies. 30th Himalayan-Karokaram Thrust (HKT) conference, during 6-8th October 2015 at WIHG Dehradun.
Gupta, A.K., Prakasam M., Yuvaraja, A., Som Dutt, Das, M., Singh, R.K., and Velu A. 2015. Inception of the Indian monsoon and its abrupt behaviour since the latest Pleistocene. 30th Himalayan-Karokaram Thrust (HKT) conference, during 6-8th October 2015 at WIHG Dehradun.
Dwivedi S.N., Singh R.K, and Saha, D., 2011. Sustaining the aquifer based water supply in Patna urban area - a fast growing million plus city in eastern India. In Stockholm International Water Week during 4-7th August 2011 at Stockholm.
Dwivedi S.N., Singh R.K. and Chandra P.C., 2011. Sustainability of Deeper High Yielding Aquifer in Urban Areas in Middle Ganga Basin, Bihar India. In Singapore International Water Week during 4-8th July 2011 at Singapore.
Gupta A.K., Mohan, K. and Singh, R.K., 2006. Abrupt increase in the mixed-layer thickness driven by the constriction of Indonesian Seaway during 3.2-2.75Ma: A precursor to North Atlantic glaciations. In Influence of Indonesian Throughflow Variability on Tropical Indian Ocean during 19th -23rd July 2006 at Institute of Geosciences, Kiel, Germany.
Conferences (National)
Dutt, S., Gupta, A.K., Singh, R.K., Clemens, S., Cheng, H., 2018. Solar influence on Indian summer monsoon variability during the last two millennia. In National Conference on Earth System Science with special reference to Himalaya: advancement and challenges, during 16 – 18th May 2018 at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, pp. 75.
Singh, R.K., Das, M., Divya, R.V., Mishra, S., Vats, N., Sengupta, S. and Ranjan, A., 2018. Middle Pleistocene to Holocene Paleoclimatic record from Japan and East China Sea and its possible linkage with uplift of Himalaya Tibetan Plateau and Glacio-eustati Sea level changes. In National Conference on Earth System Science with special reference to Himalaya: advancement and challenges, during 16 – 18th May 2018 at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, pp. 71.
Singh, R.K., Jena, P.S., Barik, S.S., Chattaraj, J., Prusty, P., 2017. Assessment of seasonal variations in a lagoonal lake of East Coast of India, using micro-organism population and sediment depositional pattern. In 26th Indian Collaquium of Micropaleontology and Stratigraphy, during 17 – 19th August 2017 at Department of Geology, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai, pp. 54.
Barik, S.S., Singh, R.K., Tripathy, S., Prusty, P., 2016. Foraminifera in the Chilika Lake sediments: Marine and Fluvial Interaction. In Quaternary Climate: Recent Findings and Future Challenges, 28-30 April 2016. National Institute of Oceanography Goa
Das, M., Singh, R.K., Holbourn A., Farooq, S.H., Kanjilal, A., Expedition 346 Scientist, 2016. Variations in East Asian Winter Monsoon and its impact on the paleoceanography of Japan Sea over 400ka. In Quaternary Climate: Recent Findings and Future Challenges, 28-30 April 2016. National Institute of Oceanography Goa
Singh, R.K., Holbourn A., Kuhnt, W., Das, M., Pandey, D.K., 2016. Assessing deep sea water mass variability in East China Sea using population abundance and Mg/Ca ratio of benthic foraminifera. In Quaternary Climate: Recent Findings and Future Challenges, 28-30 April 2016. National Institute of Oceanography Goa.
Gupta A.K., Singh, R.K., Das M., Prakasam M., and Som Dutt 2016. Abrupt changes in the Indian summer monsoon since MIS 3. 103 Indian Science Congress, during 6 – 8th January 2016 at University of Mysore.
Nayak, P. Rai, A.K., Singh, R.K. Tripathy,S., 2016. Sea water intrusion, interface structure, and groundwatercondition around paradeep coast, Odisha. In Developments in Geosciences in the Past Decade -Emerging Trends for the Future and Impact on Society during 21-23rd October 2016 at Department of Geology and Geophysics, IIT Kharagpur.
Singh, R.K., Das, M., Holbourn A., Kanjilal, A., Ranjan, A., Gallagher S., Kuhnt W., 2015. Paleoceanographic significance of late Quaternary deep sea benthic foraminifers of the Japan Sea - a preliminary result. 25th Indian Collaquium of Micropaleontology and Stratigraphy, during 18 – 20th December 2015 at Institute of Science Aurangabad, Maharastra.
Barik, S.S., Singh, R.K. and Tripathy, S. 2015. Assessment of chilika lake sediments as paleo-proxy for climate reconstruction. National Climate Science Conference, during 2-3rd July 2015 at IISc, Bangalore.
Abhijith, U.V. and Singh R.K., 2015. Assessment of Late Quaternary variation in Asian Monsoon using foraminifera from the sediments of the IODP  site U1429A. National Climate Science Conference, during 2-3rd July 2015 at IISc, Bangalore.
Singh, R.K., Das, M., Abhijeet, Barik, S.S. and Kanjilal, A., (2014) Pleistocene Planktic Foraminifera proxy – a tool to understand Asian monsoon variations. In: Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability: Geological Records from Poles to Tropics at Lucknow University Lucknow on 9-10th September 2014.
Singh, R.K. and Gupta A.K., (2013) Paleoceanographic changes in the eastern Indian Ocean during the Plio-Pleistocene . In XXIV Colloquium of Micropaleontology and Stratigraphy at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, from 18 – 20th November, 2013.
Singh R.K., 2013. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition – 346 (Asian Monsoon): Onset and evolution of millennial-scale variability of Asian monsoon and its possible relation with Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau uplift. In Indian IODP participants meet during 14-15th January, 2013 at National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, GOA
Singh R.K., Singh, J., Tiwari, S., Gupta, A.K., Bartarya, S.K. and Rai S.K., 2012. Impact of Limestone mining and Cement factory on the water quality of Cave-A case study from Meghalaya, India. In National Conference on Green Earth with focus on Himalaya during 18th & 19th October, 2012at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun.
Dwivedi S.N., Shukla, R.R., Singh R.K. and Upadhyay, S., 2010. A rapid alternative approach for estimating transmissivity of high potential aquifers in Mid Ganga Plain. In International Conference on Geophysical Science – Energy, Climate Change and Evolution of Human Society during 21-23rd December, 2010 at Department of Geophysics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
Agrawal A.K., Mandal M.K. and Singh R.K., 2010. Targeting fluoride free aquifer in the northernmost fringe area of Chotanagpur plateau. In Regional Workshop on “Exploration, Development and Management of Ground Water In Hard Rocks with special reference to Jharkhand State” organized by Central Ground Water Board, Patna during 25th-26th March 2010 at SKIPA auditorium Ranchi.
Dwivedi S.N., Singh R.K. and Ganguly S.S., 2010. Quantifying depletion from aquifer storage in response to heavy pumping in Patna Urban area. In UGC-sponsored national seminar on “Sustainable Development of Water Resources in Indo-Gangetic plain: Challenges and Constraints during 12th -13th March, 2010 at Department of Geology, Patna University, Patna.
Saha D., Sahu S., Shukla R.R., Singh R.K., Verma V.S., Upadhyay S., Singh T.B.N., Dwivedi S.N., Sonkusare M.M. and Shreehari S.M.S., 2009. Arsenic free deeper aquifers in Middle Ganga Plain-Sustainable source for potabale drinking water supply. In Regional Workshop on Geogenic contamination of Groundwater organized by Central Ground Water Board, Patna during 21st-22nd March, 2009 at IGSC, Patna.
Dwivedi S.N., Singh R.K. and Ganguly S.S., 2009. Hydrogeological Evaluation of Patna Urban Area. In Regional Workshop on Geogenic contamination of Groundwater organized by Central Ground Water Board, Patna during 21st-22nd March, 2009 at IGSC, Patna.
Singh, R.K. and Gupta, A.K., 2003. Late Oligocene-Miocene paleoceanographic evolution of the southeastern Indian Ocean: Evidence from deep-sea Benthic foraminifera (ODP Site 757). XIX Indian colloquium on Micropaleontology and Stratigraphy and Symposium on recent developments in Indian Ocean Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate held during 9th– 11th October, 2003 at Varanasi.
Academic Honors & Awards
  • Executive council member of The Paleontological Society of India (2018-20)
  • Executive council member of The Paleontological Society of India (2016-17)
  • Selected for INSA, New Delhi, International Collaborative/Exchange Program-2015
  • Mani Shanker Shukla Gold Medal of The Palaeontological Society of India - 2013
  • Qualified GATE, 2002.
  • Qualified CSIR-JRF, December 2001.
  • Qualified CSIR (NET), July 2001.
  • La-Touche Medal in Geology, for 2000 – 2001 from MGMI, Calcutta.
  • B.H.U. medal for securing highest marks in M.Sc. (Geology) Examination 2001
  • Late Prof. Rajnath Medal for securing highest marks in Paleontology in M.Sc. (Geology) Examination 2001
  • Second Rank in B.Sc. (Geology) Examination of N.E.H.U., Shillong, 1999
Journal Reviewer
Earth and Planetary Science Letters; Climate of the Past; Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology; Geolgical Journal; Marine Micropaleontology; Journal of Palaeontological Society of India; Proceedings of the Indian National Academy of Sciences etc...
Technical Reports/Magzines
  • Authored/Co-authored various technical reports in Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India.
  • Publication of E-Samachar (Hindi), IIT Bhubaneswar
  • Publication of Town Official Language Implementation Committee (TOLIC-A) Bhubaneswar E-Magazine "Nagrik"
 
Sponsored Research Projects
 
                Ongoing
  1. Millennial to centennial scale variability in the Asian summer monsoon: Foraminiferal perspective from the East China Sea,  NCAOR, Goa, MoES, Govt. of India
  2. Assessing Holocene climate variability and coastal environment in the Bay of Bengal using geochemical and biological proxies (Project A8: in MoES funded BoBCO project).
                 Completed
  1. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology of Japan Sea, Seed Grant project, IIT Bhubaneswar
 
Research/Career profile
       Guest scientist at Institute of Geosciences, Christian Albrechts University Kiel, Germany
                                  (May – July 2015)
       Shipboard scientist of Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) expedition - 346
                                  (Asian Monsoon; July – September 2013)
       Assistant Professor, School of Earth, Ocean and Climate Science, IIT Bhubaneshwar
                                   (May 2013 onwards)
       Scientist ‘B’, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun
                                    (September 2011 to May 2013)
       Assistant Hydrogeologist, Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India
                                    (January 2004 to September 2011)
       Junior Research Fellow (CSIR), Department of Geology and Geophysics,
                                    Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (March 2002 to January 2004)
Professional Membership
  • Life Member Geological Society of India, Bangalore
  • Life Member Indian Geological Congress, Roorkee
  • Life Member Paleontological Society of India, Lucknow
  • Life Member Himalayan Geology
Professional Experience
  • Professor In charge (Rajbhasha), Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar (March 2015 onwards)
  • Shipboard scientist of Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) expedition - 346 (Asian Monsoon; July – September 2013)
  • Assistant Professor, School of Earth, Ocean and Climate Science, IIT Bhubaneshwar (May 2013 onwards)
  • Scientist ‘B’, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun (September 2011 to May 2013)
  • Assistant Hydrogeologist, Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India (From January 2004 to September 2011)
  • Junior Research Fellow (CSIR), Department of Geology and Geophysics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (March 2002 to January 2004)