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    • B. S. (Honors), Geology, University of Dhaka, 2013

    • M.S., Geology, University of Oklahoma, 2014

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  • Debajyoti Basu Sarkar

    Currently, I am pursuing my Ph.D., on the planetary science track, at the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Hampton University. Also, I am a graduate research assistant at the National Institute of Aerospace. I received my bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and my master’s degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma, United States.

    I am working on the coupled evolution of atmospheres and mantle dynamics of terrestrial planets to characterize the climate outcomes and investigate planetary habitability, especially in the context of exoplanet studies. In particular, this work aims at contributing to the research goals of The Living, Breathing Planet team to advance NASA’s search for life beyond Earth. This project is funded by the NASA Astrobiology Institute as a part of NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) collaboration network.

    For my master’s thesis, at the University of Oklahoma, I investigated the influence of clathrates within Titan’s crust using thermodynamic and rheological models to constrain crustal thickness as well as depth and composition of an internal ocean. NASA provided partial funding for this research.



    Basu Sarkar, D.; Moore, W. Climatic evolution and habitability of terrestrial planets: perspectives from coupled atmosphere-mantle systems, Abstract P41B-2079 presented at 2016 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 12-16 Dec. [Poster]

    Basu Sarkar, D.; Elwood Madden, M. Rheology and thermal state of Titan’s crust: potential role of methane clathrate, Abstract P42B-07 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 15-19 Dec. [Talk]

    Basu Sarkar, D.; Elwood Madden, M. Clathrate hydrate stability models for Titan: implications for a global subsurface ocean, Abstract P41E-1973 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 9-13 Dec. [Poster]