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Dr. Ratan Kar

Dr. Ratan Kar

Scientist 'D'

Specialisation in Palynology: Has worked on a wide range of problems of varying ages and areas which involve the use of palynofossils for their resolution, such as Gondwana sediments (Permiam-Triassic), Deccan Intertrappean beds (Upper Cretaceous-Early Palaeocene) and Quaternary fluvio-glacial & lacustrine deposits of the Higher Himalayas and the Arctic Region.


Sponsored Projects: Has been awarded a number of sponsored projects, such as-

  • DST sponsored Young Scientist Fast-Track Project on the Deccen intertrappeans – Palynological, Biopetrological and Dispersed Organic Matter (DOM) study of Deccan Intertrappean sediments with reference to Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) transition.
  • CSIR Pool Officer Project on Chaurabari Glacier, Kedarnath – Palynological studies around Chaurabari Glacier (Kedarnath) with reference to climatic changes and glacial fluctuations during Holocene.
  • DST sponsored pilot project on Glaciology – Palynology and sediment-geochemistry of Hamtah (Lahaul-Spiti) and Chaurabari (Kedarnath) glacier deposits: an investigation of high-altitude climate variability during Holocene.
  • DST sponsored project under Climate Change Programme – Analysis of climatic changes during the Quaternary from glacial sites in India based on multi proxy data.

Arctic Project: Multi-proxy geological studies in Svalbard area and surrounding Ocean:  Implications to Quaternary Palaeoclimate and Pre-Quaternary Biostratigraphy.

  • Visited Arctic three times.
  • Team Leader in 2011(Summer Batch-III).


  • ‘Dr. Pratul Chandra Bhandari Gold Medal-1997’, for best work under Birbal Sahni Research Scholar Category.
  • Member, Terrestrial Working Group, International Arctic Science Committee.

Publications: 33 (19 in Impact Factor Journals).

CV and Publications ( DOC/ PDF)

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