Department of
Earth and Climate Science

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Devapriya Chattopadhyay


Earth and Climate Science

Paleobiology and Marine Ecology

Devapriya Chattopadhyay received her PhD in 2009 from the University of Michigan. She worked as an Assistant Professor (limited-term) at 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. 



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 their impressive fossil record, ubiquitous presence in the recent ecosystem, and also because of their 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 underwater observations, conduct laboratory experiments in aquariums and use statistical modeling. The ongoing research themes of the group include:

a)      Predator-prey dynamics of the past 

b)      Oligo-Miocene fauna of western India and its relationship to regional tectonics and climate

c)      Molluscan distribution along the Indian coast and its drivers

d)     Reliability of paleontological data

Selected Publications

Dutta, S., Chattopadhyay, D., 2022: Response of the Oligo-Miocene bivalve fauna of the Kutch Basin (Western India) to regional tectonic events. Palaios. 37: 73–87

Raja, N. B., Dunne, E. M., Matiwane, A., Khan, T. M., Nätscher, P. S., Ghilardi, A. M., Chattopadhyay, D., 2022: Colonial history and global economics distort our understanding of deep-time biodiversity. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 6: 145–154

Bhattacherjee, M., Chattopadhyay, D., Som, B., Sankar, A. S., Mazumder, S. 2021: Molluscan live-dead fidelity of a storm-dominated shallow-marine setting and its implications. Palaios. 36: 77-93

Chattopadhyay, D., Sarkar, D., Bhattacharjee, M., 2021: The distribution pattern of marine bivalve death assemblage from the western margin of Bay of Bengal and its oceanographic determinants. Frontiers in Marine Science. 8: 613

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.