Sanjukta Chakravorti

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  • (B.Sc.) in Geology (2012)
  • Master's degree (M.Sc.) in Applied Geology (2014)
Alma materUniversity of Calcutta.
  • Geologist
  • Palaeobiologist

Sanjukta Chakravorti is a geologist and palaeobiologist at the Geological Studies Unit,[1] Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata, India where she is a senior research fellow[2] and her research focuses on Gondwanan Geology and Triassic temnospondyl amphibians from India. She also actively works on palaeoecology and palaeobiology of marine vertebrates in India.


Chakravorti received her undergraduate degree (B.Sc.) in Geology (2012) and a Master's degree (M.Sc.) in Applied Geology (2014) from the University of Calcutta. She has extensively revised maps of the Early, Middle and Late Triassic Gondwana Formations of all the four major Gondwana Basins in India.[3] She initially joined the Indian Statistical Institute after being awarded the prestigious and competitive Junior Research Fellowship (2014)[2] and was subsequently awarded the Senior Research Fellowship in 2016.[2] During her PhD, Chakravorti has been a visiting scientist studying vertebrate fossils at Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands (2016), National Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), Paris (2017), University of Opole, Poland and Institute of Palaeobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences (2018) and Department of Earth Science, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Caparica, Portugal (2018). She has active collaborations with University of Opole, Poland, University of Bonn, Germany; Institut de Catala, Barcelona, Spain, University of California-Riverside, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria · Departamento de Ecologia e Evolução, Brazil[4]; Indian Institute of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.

Professional work

According to her webpage, her interests are in interdisciplinary sciences:

  • Comparative anatomy & Myology
  • Paleohistology
  • Systematics and Phylogenetics
  • Morphometrics
  • Retrodeformation
  • Stratigraphy
  • Indian Gondwana
  • Temnospondyl Palaeobiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Paleogene marine geology and vertebrate paleontology

A Woman in STEM

Chakravorti is a staunch advocate of interdisciplinary scientific research combined with outreach and aims to promote women in STEM and make STEM-based learning accessible to children from grassroot levels of society. Chakravorti's discussion on her experience as a woman researcher in the Indian scientific community at the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontology (EAVP) in 2018 earned her international accolades.[5]. Her work has promoted conservation of fossil sites in schools in rural and urban areas of India, organizing mass social awareness programmes. She convened the first keynote outreach programme organised in January 2020 at the Indian Statistical Institute titled ‘বাংলার জীবাশ্ম’ – “Fossils of Bengal”[6] targeted not only at preservation of fossil sites of Bengal but also promoting the importance of interdisciplinary sciences in younger generations. Her outreach[7] has been covered by Anandabazar Patrika - a leading Bengali newspaper. She has been mentioned as a young female vertebrate palaeontologist in the book Rebels, Scholars, Explorers – Women in Vertebrate Paleontology – a book by Annalisa Berta and Susan Turner.[8]

Key publications

  • Chakravorti, Sanjukta, and Dhurjati Prasad Sengupta. "Taxonomy, morphometry and morphospace of cranial bones of Panthasaurus gen. nov. maleriensis from the Late Triassic of India." Journal of Iberian Geology 45.2 (2019): 317-340 [1] cited 10 times.
  • Teschner, Elżbieta M., et al. "Climatic influence on the growth pattern of Panthasaurus maleriensis from the Late Triassic of India deduced from paleohistology." PeerJ 8 (2020): e9868 [2].


  1. "Sanjukta Chakravorti". Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Curriculum Vitae". Sanjukta Chakravorti. 2020-07-22. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  3. "Gondwana Field Excavations". Sanjukta Chakravorti. 2020-07-28. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  4. "Professor do CCNE participa de missão científica na Índia pelo programa Capes/PrInt". UFSM (in português do Brasil). Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  5. Franziska. "The Current Position of Women in Palaeontology – A Discussion with Femke Holwerda – Franziska Sattler". Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  6. "বাংলার জীবাশ্ম". Indian fossils. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  7. "ধ্বংসের মুখে বাংলার জীবাশ্ম". (in Bengali). 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  8. "Book: Rebels, Scholars, Explorers Women in VertebRrate Paleontology by Annalisa Berta and Susan Turner". Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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