Dr. Nirmalya Chatterjee

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Dr. Nirmalya Chatterjee
Fellow, ATREE Eastern Himalayas
nirmalya.c@atree.org
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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

Education

  • 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

Peer-Reviewed Publications
published

    Nirmalya Chatterjee & Flury, M. Effect of particle shape on capillary forces at an air-water interface. Langmuir 29(25), 7903–7911 (2013) [PDF]
    Nirmalya Chatterjee, Lapin, S. & Flury, M. Capillary forces between sediment particles and an air–water interface. Environmental Science & Technology 46(8), 4411–4418 (2012) [PDF]
    Niedzwiedzki, D. M., Nirmalya Chatterjee, Enriquez, M. M., Kajikawa, T., Hasegawa, S., Katsumura, S. & Frank, H. A. Spectroscopic investigation of peridinin analogues having different π-electron conjugated chain lengths: Exploring the nature of the intramolecular charge transfer state. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 113(41), 13604–13612 (2009) [PDF]
    Nirmalya Chatterjee, Niedzwiedzki, D. M., Aoki, K., Kajikawa, T., Katsumura, S., Hashimoto, H. & Frank, H. A. Effect of structural modifications on the spectroscopic properties and dynamics of the excited states of peridinin. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 483(2), 146–155 (2009) [PDF]
    Nirmalya Chatterjee, Niedzwiedzki, D. M., Kajikawa, T., Hasegawa, S., Katsumura, S. & Frank, H. A. Effect of π-electron conjugation length on the solvent-dependent S1 lifetime of peridinin. Chemical Physics Letters 463(1-3), 219–224 (2008) [PDF]

in press/review/preparation

    Nirmalya Chatterjee. Erosion modeling in a mixed land use watershed in the Eastern Himalayas.

Other Publications

    Nirmalya Chatterjee. Capillary Forces on Sediment Particles: Experimental Measurements and Theoretical Estimates. PhD thesis, Washington State University, August (2013) [PDF]
    Nirmalya Chatterjee, Flury, M., Hinman, C. & Cogger, C. G. Chemical and physical characteristics of compost leachate – a review (WA-RD 819.1). Technical report, Washington Department of Transportation, Olympia, WA, August (2013) [PDF]

Conferences, Posters

    Nirmalya Chatterjee, Lapin, S. & Flury, M. Capillary forces on millimeter-scale sediment particles: Experimental measurements and theoretical estimations. (Oregon Society of Soil Scientists, Winter Meeting, Troutdale, OR, 2013) [PDF]
    Nirmalya Chatterjee, Niedzwiedzki, D. M., Aoki, K., Schulte, T., Katsumura, S., Hofmann, E. & Frank, H. A. Optical spectroscopic studies of peridinin and peridinin-chlorophyll-protein (pcp) complexes. (25th Eastern Regional Photosynthesis Conference, Woods Hole, MA, 2008) [PDF]
    Nirmalya Chatterjee, Ilagan, R. P., Aoki, K., Katsumura, S. & Frank, H. A. Steady-state and femtosecond time-resolved optical spectroscopic studies of peridinin derivatives. (24th Eastern Regional Photosynthesis Conference, Woods Hole, MA, 2007) [PDF]
    Nirmalya Chatterjee, Ilagan, R. P., Aoki, K., Katsumura, S. & Frank, H. A. Steady-state and femtosecond time-resolved optical spectroscopic studies of peridinin derivatives. (23rd Eastern Regional Photosynthesis Conference, Woods Hole, MA, 2006) [PDF]

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

Memberships

  • 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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