Full Name
Shib Sankar Ganguli


R&D Group
Marine Deep Seismics


Geophysical modeling and inversion, Reservoir Characterization, Seismic

  Academic Identity

Dr. Shib Sankar Ganguli is a promising young researcher who has been contributing to the field of solid Earth sciences through his fundamental research carried out in India. His recognized publications (Total - 28) in the leading international journals with quite a substantial amount of time as Lead author, and 1 book published by Springer International (another book under preparation by Elsevier), exemplify his outstanding research capabilities. His research interests are not limited to, but includes development and application of modern methods to geophysical data, reservoir characterization, seismic, geophysical modeling, simulation and inversion, rock physics. His research contributions for understanding the Earth's sub-surface behaviour are based on the combination of both observational and interpretational work. Much of his work mainly focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to accomplish enhanced reservoir characterization for energy resource exploration (Conventional oil & gas, Shale gas, gas-hydrates, etc.), understanding fluid flow dynamics in porous media including CO2-EOR & its geosequestration, application of machine learning (AI/ML) techniques in reservoir studies, advanced processing, and inversion of geophysical datasets. These works have drawn the attention of the national and international geoscientific community owing to their significant societal impact. Dr. Shib is the first in India to finish a Ph.D. thesis on CO2-EOR and its sequestration in the Indian mature oil field and based on his notable contribution, he has been conferred on Springer Outstanding Thesis Prize for the year 2017 by Springer International Publishers. Moreover, he is a recipient of the prestigious, Young Scientist Award in the category of “National Geoscience Awards 2017” by the Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India (GoI), Young Scientist Award 2019 by Telangana Academy of Sciences and Platinum Jubilee Medal for Young Scientist-2020 by The National Academy of Sciences (NASI), India.

He has accomplished many challenging pieces of training from reputed oil and gas industries and research institutes including Schlumberger, ExxonMobil, Ikon Science (UK), ONGC, SEG and SINTEF Petroleum Research (Norway). Moreover, he is a reviewer of many leading journals such as Geophy., Jour. of Nat. Gas Sc. & Engg., Geophy. Props., J. App. Geo., Intl. Jour. of Multiphase Flow, IET, etc. and active member of many reputed professional geophysical & earth science societies including SEG, EAGE, AAPG and a life member of Indian Geophysical Union and Society of Petroleum Geophysicists (SPG). He is also a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, U.K. 

1. Harnessing AI/ Machine Learning to improve hydrocarbon reservoir characterization

2. Seismic imaging for Deep and Ultra-deep reservoir studies

3. Multiphase fluid flow and rock physics modeling for improved reservoir characterization

4. Integrated petrophysical, pore pressure and in-situ stress modeling for enhanced reservoir characterization


  1. Received the prestigious "NASI -Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Medal 2020" in the field of Earth Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics from the National Academy of Sciences (NASI), India's First Science Academy (2021).
  2. Bagged “Young Scientist Award-2019” in Earth, Ocean, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences by Telangana Academy of Sciences (TAS) in 2020.
  3. Elected as Vice President (Executive Council 2020-2022) of Young Earth Scientists (YES), an international association of young-earth scientists affiliated to the program of International Year of Planet Earth under the patronage of UNESCO.
  4. Recognized as an "Assistant Professor", Faculty of Physical Sciences, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) in Aug 2020.
  5. Recipient of the prestigious Young Scientist Award in the category of National Geoscience Awards 2017 from the President of India, constituted by the Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India (2018).
  6. Springer Outstanding Thesis Prize 2017 (in the category of International Outstanding Thesis series) by Springer International Publishing AG, Germany (2017).
  7. Recipient of the prestigious Inspire Faculty Award (a component under Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)), a flagship programme of the Dept. of Science and Tech., Government of India (2016).
  8. PACE Travel Grant by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) in March 2016 to present a scientific paper in 78th Annual Conference and Exhibition at Vienna during May 30-June 02, 2016.
  9. International Travel Grant from Science and Engg. Research Board (SERB), Govt. of India (2016).
  10. Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)/ExxonMobil Travel Grant to obtain training on Student Education Program (SEP), SEG in Prague during July 10-17, 2015.
  11. ONGC-Indian Geophysical Union (IGU) Best Researcher Award (1st prize) consecutively twice in 50th and 52nd Annual International Convention organized by IGU in Jan 2014 and Nov 2015, respectively.
  12. Selected as one of the participants from India for SEG European Challenge Bowl-2015, SEG European Chapter in Prague, Czech Republic (2015).
  13. Second Prize in Hindi Scientific Article Writing during Hindi Day Celebration at CSIR-NGRI, Uppal, Hyderabad in September 2015.
  14. CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship in October 2014.
  15. Best Speaker Award on delivering research outcome in CSIR’s foundation day, CSIR-NGRI, Hyderabad (2014).
  16. Secured Rank-8 in the Science Direct Top-25 list of hottest/most downloaded articles for the paper published in Jour. of Applied Geophysics (, Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam (2013).
  17. Secured All India Rank-30 in Graduate Aptitude Engineering Test (GATE)-2011.
  18. Recipient of merit-cum-means Indian School of Mines (ISM) Scholarship funded by University Grant Commission (UGC).

  1. Ganguli, S.S., Kadri, M.M., Debnath, A., 2022. A Bayesian multivariate model using Hamiltonian Monte Carlo inference to estimate total organic carbon content in shale.​ Geophysics, 87(5), M163–M177.

  2. Ganguli, S.S.Kumar, P., Dimri, V.P., 2022. Variable source depth beneath the Indian Ocean geoid low area: Insights from L1 and L2 norm-based scaling power spectrum inversion. Tectonophysics, 839 , 229529.

  3. Ganguli, S.S., Sen, S., Verma, S., 2021. Characterization of organic content, brittleness index and geomechanical properties of the Eocene Cambay Shales - Insights from the Ankleshwar oil field in western India. ​ Interpretation (SEG, USA), 9(1), T235–T252.

  4. Sen, S., Abioui, M., Ganguli, S.S.,  Elsheikh, A., Debnath, A., Benssaou, M., Abdelhady, A. A., 2021. Petrophysical heterogeneity of the early Cretaceous Alamein dolomite reservoir from North Razzak oil field, Egypt integrating well logs, core measurements, and machine learning approach. Fuel, 306, 121698.

  5. Ganguli, S.S., Sen, S., 2020. Investigation of present-day in-situ stresses and pore pressure in the south Cambay Basin, western India: Implications for drilling, reservoir development and fault reactivation. Marine & Petrol. Geol., 118,104422.

  6. Baouche, R., Sen, S., Sadaoui, M., Boutaleb, K., Ganguli, S.S.2020. Characterization of pore pressure, fracture pressure, shear failure and its implications for drilling, wellbore stability and completion design – A case study from the Takouazet field, Illizi Basin, Algeria. Marine & Petrol. Geol., 120, 104510.

  7. Ganguli, S.S., Vedanti, N., Pandey, O.P., Dimri, V.P., 2018. Deep thermal regime, temperature induced over-pressured zone and implications for hydrocarbon potential in the Ankleshwar oil field, Cambay basin, India. Jour. of Asian Earth Sc., 161, 93-102.

  8. Ganguli, S.S., Vedanti, N., Akervoll, I., and Dimri, V.P., 2016. Assessing the Feasibility of CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery and Storage in Mature Oil Field: A Case Study from Cambay Basin. Jour. of Geol. Soc. of India, 88, 273-280.

  9. Ganguli, S.S., Vedanti, N., and Dimri, V.P., 2016. 4D reservoir characterization using well log data for feasible CO2-enhanced oil recovery at Ankleshwar, Cambay Basin-a rock physics diagnostic and modeling approach. Jour. of Appl. Geophysics, 135, 111-121.

  10. Ganguli, S.S., and Dimri, V.P. 2013. Interpretation of gravity data using eigenimage with Indian case study: A SVD approach. Journal of Applied Geophy., 95, 23-35 (Ranked 8th in the list of Science Direct TOP 25 most downloaded articles, 495 times downloaded in the year 2014).

Anjali Dixit (as a Co-Supervisor)
Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF), IIT Kanpur
Education: Ph.D. (Pursuing), M.Tech. in Geological Technology<

Ph.D., M.Sc. Tech

Scientist, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute Hyderabad, India (Dec 2021 – Continuing)

Inspire Faculty, Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur ( external link), India (Jan 2017 – Nov 2018)

Research Associate, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute Hyderabad, India (May 2016 – Aug 2016)

Visiting Researcher, SINTEF Petroleum Research, Norway (Apr 2013 – Jul 2013)

Graduate,  SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program (SEP)-2015, Prague, Czech Republic (Jul 2015)

Active member

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), USA
International Association of Rock Physicists (IARP), USA
Young Earth Scientist (YES) ̶ Indian Chapter

Life member

Indian Geophysical Union (LM406), India
Geological Soc. of India (Mem. No. 0169), India
Society of Petroleum Geophysicists (No. 1879), India