Full Name
Pankaj Kumar


R&D Group
shallow seismics


Tectonics, Geodynamics, Plume-ridge interaction, Gravity, Magnetic, Seismic

  Academic Identity

My research interests are to understand the crustal architecture and tectonic & geodynamic evolution of the continental margin of India. I have a keen interest to understand the mantle plume's role in the evolution of the continental margins of India. My work is mostly related to the research associated with the plume-ridge interaction, tectonics, geodynamics, and large igneous province. I have worked on the offshore extension of flood basalt (equivalent to Deccan Trap) in the Arabian Sea. Currently, I am working in the shallow seismic division and working on the unconventional energy sources like Coal Bed Methane (CBM) and Shale gas on the Indian subcontinent. Further, I am also associated with the CO2 sequestration pilot project of India.

Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) (AIR-47) and qualified for National Eligibility Test (NET) by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (2012)

  1. Sriram, G., Dewangan P., Yatheesh, V.,......, Kumar, P.,.......... (2023). Gas migration signatures over the volcanic cratered seamount, off the Nicobar Islands in the Andaman Sea. Geo-Marine Letters. 43 (3), 16. external link.
  2. Kumar, P., Singha, P., Ghosal, D., Jacob, J., and Gupta, S. (2023). Lithospheric architecture beneath the Amsterdam-St. Paul plateau, Southern Indian Ocean using the integrated gravity, magnetic and seismological study. Tectonophysics. 229989. external link.
  3. Kumar, P., and Chaubey, A.K. (2022). Reunion plume associated flood basalt volcanism on the northwestern continental margin of India and related tectonics. Journal of Asian Earth Science. external link.
  4. Mishra, A., Chaubey, A.K., Kumar, S., Kumar, P.V., Kumar, P., Dubey, K.M. (2020) Does the Laxmi Ridge continue towards the Laccadive Ridge? New insights from an integrated geophysical study. Journal of Asian Earth Science. 20, 104491. external link.
  5. Jacob, J., Vinay Kumar, P., Dubey, K.M., Mishra, A., Kumar, P., Kumar S., Mahale, V.P. and Chaubey, A.K. (2020). Identifying tectonic elements in mid-Thane creek of Mumbai, India: An integrated geophysical approach. Journal of Earth System Science. 129 (1), 1-22. external link.
  6. Kumar, P., Mishra, A., Vinay Kumar, P., Kumar S., Dubey, K.M., Singh D., Chaubey, A.K. (2019). Integrated geophysical appraisal of crustal structure and tectonic evolution of the Angria Bank, western continental margin of India. Marine Geophysical Research. 40, 433-449. external link.
  7. Kumar, P., and Chaubey, A.K. (2019). Extension of flood basalt on the northwestern continental margin of India. Journal of Earth System Science. 128(4), 81. external link.

PhD; M.Sc. (Tech) Geophysics; B.Sc. (Hons.) Maths.

  • Nov 2022 - Present: Scientist, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India
  • Nov 2021 - Oct 2022: Senior Project Associate, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India
  • Sep 2020 - Oct 2021: Project Scientist, Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India.
  • Feb 2020 - Aug 2020: Senior Project Associate, Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India.
  • March 2018 - March 2019: Project Assistant-III, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India.
  • Jan 2013 - Jan 2018: Research scholar, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India.
  • July 2012 - Jan 2013: Project Assistant, Centre for Earth Science, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India.