Devapriya Chattopadhyay

Associate Professor
Dept: Earth Sciences (DES)
E-mail: devapriya [at]
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Research Interest:

    I am a paleobiologist broadly interested in the evolution of molluscs and the factors that guide their evolutionary trajectory. For past few years I have studied the effect of biotic interaction on shaping the temporal pattern of Cenozoic molluscan evolution.Currently, I am also investigating the abiotic factors as trigger of evolutionary change. I try to address these questions by three interlinked approaches: 1) Neontological experiments, 2) Ecological investigation, 3) Paleontological observation using museum specimens and field study. My primary research areas are: a. History of biotic interaction, b. Molluscan diversity in Recent and past ecosystem. c. Taphonomy

Academic Background:
  1. PhD (Geology), University of Michigan, 2009
  2. Msc (Applied Geology), IIT Bombay, 2004
  3. BSc (Geology), Jadavpur University, 2002

  1. Associate Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )
  2. Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata (2010 - 2015)
  3. Assistant Professor (Limited Term), University of West Georgia (2009 - 2010)

Awards and Honors:
  1. Staff Exchange Award from UKIERI, British Council (2012)

Selected Publications:
  1. Chattopadhyay, Devapriya; Zuschin, Martin and Tomasovych, Adam. 2015. "How effective are ecological traits against drilling predation? Insights from Recent bivalve assemblages of the northern Red Sea." Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 440, 659-670
  2. Nawrot, Rafał; Chattopadhyay, Devapriya and Zuschin, Martin. 2015. "What guides invasion success? Ecological correlates of arrival, establishment and spread of Red Sea bivalves in the Mediterranean Sea." Diversity and Distributions, 21, 1075–1086
  3. Chattopadhyay, Devapriya; Sarkar, Deepjay; Dutta, Saurav and Prasanjit, S. R.. 2014. "What controls cannibalism in drilling gastropods? A case study on Natica tigrina." Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 410, 126–133
  4. Chattopadhyay, Devapriya; Zuschin, Martin and Tomašových, Adam. 2014. "Effects of a high-risk environment on edge-drilling behavior: inference from Recent bivalves from the Red Sea." Paleobiology, 40, 34-49
  5. Chattopadhyay, Devapriya; Rathie*, Ashish and Das*, Anirban. 2013. "The effect of morphology on post-mortem transportation of bivalve and its taphonomic implications." Palaios, 28, 203-209
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