Dr. Nirmalya Chatterjee

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Dr. Nirmalya Chatterjee
Fellow, ATREE Eastern Himalayas
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Work Experience

  • 2017– Fellow Level 1 (equiv. to Assistant Professor) at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru, based at the Eastern Himalayas / North East India Regional Office, Gangtok, SK, India
    • Using ecological monitoring methods and sociological survey methods to ascertain ecosystem provisioning by soil and water resources in small catchments
    • Ascertaining long term effects of UNFCCC global climate models (GCMs) on soil ecosystem functions at small catchment scales
    • Designing interventions for climate adaptation and mitigation for sustainable livelihoods
    • Determining effects of short term climate events on soil carbon stores, soil/water interactions for seasonal hydrological events and water availability in mountain communities
  • 2016–2017 Teaching Faculty at University of Engineering and Management, Newtown, Kolkata, WB, India
  • 2015–2016 Postdoctoral Fellow at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Eastern Himalayas / North-East Regional Office, Gangtok, SK, India
  • 2009–2013 Graduate Research Assistant at Dept. of Crop & Soil Sciences, Washington State University, USA
  • 2005–2009 Graduate Research Assistant at Dept. of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, USA
  • 2005–2008 Graduate Teaching Assistant at Dept. of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, USA
  • 2001–2002 Science Teacher in Chemistry and Physics, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata, India


  • 2009–2013 Ph.D. Soil Science (Soil Physics), Washington State University, USA.
  • 2005–2009 M.S. (Biophysical Chemistry), University of Connecticut, USA
  • 2002–2004 M.Sc. (Analytical Chemistry), Maharaja Sayajirao University, India
  • 1998–2001 B.Sc. (Chemistry (Honors)), University of Calcutta, India

Research Interests

  • soil remediation, climate change effects on soil carbon and pollutant dynamics, soil GHG emissions, soil nutrient availability, soil erosion, carbon sequestration
  • vadose zone hydrology, contaminant hydrology, storm-water run-off, soil/water biogeochemistry
  • vegetating of marginal soils, native plant afforestation

Grants & Awards

  • 2012–2013 Contributor to the $10,000 grant for a literature survey and a review on compost leachates, awarded by the Washington State Dept. of Transportation (USA), through Task Order No. T4120-36.
  • 1996–1999 National Science Talent Scholarship, NCERT, New Delhi, India


  • 2013 – Soil Science Society of America
  • 2013 – American Geophysical Union

Professional Development

  • 12/2015 5-day workshop on “Hierarchical Modeling in Ecology using Bayesian Methods in R”, National Center for Biological Science, Bengaluru, India
  • 03/2016 2-week training on “GIS Methods in Soil-Water Conservation”, Center for Water Resources, Anna University, Chennai, India

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