Saugata Datta

Published in  2018-01-14 20:52:21       

Prof. Saugata Datta 
Department of Geology 
Kansas State University

Title: Arsenic, manganese, and dissolved organic matter biogeochemistry: Bengal Basin (India) and Southern Pampean plain (Argentina)

Saugata Datta is a Professor of Hydrogeology and Geochemistry at Kansas State University-Department of Geology. Dr Datta manages the Chemical Hydrology Laboratory at Kansas State and also serves in the Board for the Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences Program and Urban Water Institute. Saugata is the current Chair of the Division of Geology and Health in the Geological Society of America. Saugata is now serving as the Halbouty Visiting Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A and M University. His research interests in recent years have focused on issues of water resources, water availability and understanding the cycling of different metals and organics in our groundwaters, surface waters, soils, and sediments, as well as how land use pattern changes affect the distribution of such metals and pollutants in our environments. Saugata's research projects have links to health impact assessments---both targeting human and ecosystem health. Be it in understanding how arsenic is taken up in rice to how tungsten could bind with sulphides and be toxic in drinking waters to effects of nitrates in Kansas groundwaters. Saugata utilises synchrotron spectroscopy in delineating speciation hence bioavailability of essential and toxic trace elements in natural substrates - sediments and rice. His recent works on studying mineralisation in rock-brine and supercritical CO2 mixtures in a CO2 injection scenario within saline aquifers also has gained momentum; and monitoring water quality in subsurface aquifers via studying geochemical parameters including rare earth elements of the system. He received his Ph.D. from University of Western Ontario, Canada in Earth Sciences., M.S. In Geology from University of Calcutta and including partly his stay at Queen's University, Canada and B.S. from Presidency College, India.