Department of
Earth and Climate Science

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Mohammad Ismaiel

Assistant Professor

Earth and Climate Science

Seismic structural interpretation, gravity and magnetic modelling, crustal studies and basin modelling

Mohammad Ismaiel obtained his PhD in 2016 from the AcSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa. He previously served as DST-Inspire Faculty in the Centre for Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad and postdoctoral fellow in Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE before joining the IISER Pune in 2024. 


Active and passive rifting, Sedimentation processes at Rifted Margins, Continental Tectonics and obduction processes

His current research is focused on the nature of continental breakup and dynamics of rifting across the India-Antarctica Margins. For this purpose, he use observations from geophysical imaging, and potential field dataset and integrate with diverse set of modelling. His group investigates the crustal architecture and tectonic evolution of the UAE-Oman ophiolite belt using the teleseismic receiver function technique, gravity, and isostatic modeling. Some of his significant research contributions include: (1) Onset timing of the world's largest submarine Fan (Bengal Fan) (2) identification of Island Chain lost in the Bay of Bengal (3) Role of hinterland geology in controlling the nature of continental break-up along the East coast of India (4) Tectonic origin of Bangladesh and two phase rift model.

Selected Publications

M. Ismaiel, M.Y. Ali, A.B. Watts, B. Barkat, Spatial variations of effective elastic thickness of the eastern Arabia: Implications for lithospheric weakening in the Oman-UAE mountain belt. Tectonophysics, 863 (8), 1-14, 229995,

Ismaiel, M., M. Y. Ali, S. Pilia, A.B. Watts, M.P. Searle, Moho topography and crustal properties beneath the UAE and northern Oman mountain belt from teleseismic receiver functions, Geophysical Journal International, 2023, 233(3), 2084-2100, doi:10.1093/gji/ggad034.

Ismaiel, M., Krishna, K.S., Srinivas, K., Mishra, J., and Saha, D. Crustal architecture and Moho topography beneath the eastern Indian and Bangladesh margins–new insights on rift evolution and continent-ocean boundary. Journal of the Geological Socity, London, 2019, 176, 553-573 doi: 10.1144/jgs2018-131.

Ismaiel, M., Krishna, K.S., Srinivas, K., Mishra, J., and Saha, D. Internal structure of the 85°E Ridge, Bay of Bengal:  Evidence for multiphase volcanism. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 80, 254-264, 2017, doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.11.020

Manik Talwani, Maria Ana Desa, Mohammad Ismaiel, and Kolluru Sree Krishna. The Tectonic Origin of the Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 2016, 121, 4836–4851, JGRB51695, doi:10.1002/2015JB012734