Department of
Earth and Climate Science

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Devapriya Chattopadhyay

Associate Professor

Earth and Climate Science

Paleobiology and Marine Ecology

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 ( 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.