Debajyoti Basu Sarkar

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dbs_website_2019-514565d6df541d68d8f975e7de68a1.png Currently, I am seeking postdoctoral research opportunities internationally. My research has so far involved modeling and simulating early thermal history of terrestrial bodies, including Venus, Earth, and Mars. For my postdoctoral research, I am interested in employing mantle dynamics and/or high-performance computing to address problems in solid Earth geophysics or planetary science in general. In addition, I would like to work with satellite/spacecraft data and geological analogs—on Earth and other planetary bodies—to build physical models. Also, I am always looking forward to working on interdisciplinary projects. I am passionate about research efforts that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries—for example, following a systems science approach—to leverage and expand my skill set.

I received my Ph.D. in planetary science this past Spring 2021 semester from the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Hampton University, Hampton, VA, USA. My dissertation research was supported by The Living, Breathing Planet team, which is a part of NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) research coordination network. Also, I was a graduate research assistant at the National Institute of Aerospace. I received my M.S. in planetary science from Hampton University in 2019. Prior to moving to Hampton, I got my first master’s degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. I studied geology as an undergraduate student at the University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Planetary Dynamical Modeling and Habitability

Thermal and Tectonic Evolution of Terrestrial Bodies Within Solar System and Beyond

  • Peer-Reviewed Publications: Manuscripts in preparation
  • Thesis: T2
  • Dissertation: D1

Coupled Evolution of Mantle Dynamics and Planetary Climate

  • Abstract: A3

Icy Satellite: Titan


Peer-Reviewed Publications [View on ADS (Empty Now)]

  • Manuscripts in preparation

Abstracts [View on ADS]

  • (A3) 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 | Read the abstract here]
  • (A2) 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 | Read the abstract here]
  • (A1) 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]


  • (D1) Basu Sarkar, D. Tectonic transitions out of heat pipes. Ph.D. Dissertation, Hampton University, 2021
    • Advisor: Dr. William B. Moore


  • (T2) Basu Sarkar, D. Lithospheric stress regimes on heat-pipe planets. Master’s Thesis, Hampton University, 2019
    • Advisor: Dr. William B. Moore
  • (T1) Basu Sarkar, D. Rheology and thermal state of Titan’s crust: potential role of methane clathrate. Master’s Thesis, The University of Oklahoma, 2014
    • Advisor: Dr. Megan E. Elwood Madden

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