Department of
Earth and Climate Science

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Devapriya Chattopadhyay

Associate Professor

Earth and Climate Science

Paleobiology and Marine Ecology

devapriya@iiserpune.ac.in

Devapriya Chattopadhyay received her Ph.D. in Geology (Paleontology) in 2009 from University of Michigan. She worked as an Assistant Professor (limited-term) in the University of West Georgia till 2010 when she joined IISER Kolkata as an Assistant Professor. She was an Associate Professor in IISER Kolkata before joining IISER Pune in 2019. ## Research ### PALEOBIOLOGY AND MARINE ECOLOGY Devapriya tries to understand how marine organisms respond to their physical and biological environment in the ecological and evolutionary time scales. She uses shelled molluscs as a model system in part because of its impressive fossil record, ubiquitous presence in the recent ecosystem and also because if its carbonate shells that can be used as a geochemical proxy. In addition to studying fossils in the field, the members of her research group also work on modern organisms using under-water observations, conduct laboratory experiments in aquariums, and use statistical modeling. The ongoing research themes of the group include: - Predator-prey dynamics of the past - Oceanographic determinants of molluscan distribution in the tropical ecosystem - Response of Tethyan fauna to regional changes during Miocene ## Publications Chattopadhyay, D., Kella, V. G. S., Chattopadhyay, D. (2020): Effectiveness of small-size against drilling predation: Insights from early Miocene faunal assemblage of Quilon limestone, India. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 551: 109742. Dutta, S., Chattopadhyay, D., Chattopadhyay, D. , Misra, S., Turchyn, A. (2020): Strontium stratigraphy of the Oligocene-Early Miocene formations of Kutch, Western India and its implications. Lethaia. (DOI 10.1111/let.12364). Klompmaker, A. A., Kelley, P. H., Chattopadhyay, D., Clements, J. C., Huntley, J. W. and Kowalewski, M. (2019): Predation in the marine fossil record: studies, data, recognition, environmental factors, and behavior. Earth Science Reviews (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.02.020). Sarkar, D., Bhattacharjee, M., Chattopadhyay, D. (2019): Influence of regional environment in guiding the spatial distribution of marine bivalves along Indian coast. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 99: 163-177. Nawrot, R., Albano, P., Chattopadhyay, D., Zuschin, M., (2017): Climate change and body size shift in Mediterranean bivalve assemblages: unexpected role of biological invasions. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 248: 1-8.