Dr. S. Balakrishnan


Department of Earth Sciences

Research Area

Study of isotope composition of radiogenic and stable elements in rocks, minerals and fluids and their applications to trace and quantify various Earth processes, to determine age of rocks and minerals are my areas of interest in teaching and research. My focus has been to understand evolution of crust, mantle and hydrosphere soon after the formation of the Earth through study of Archean rocks of the Dharwar craton. I collaborate with faculty members and researchers from various universities and institutions in India and abroad. I believe teamwork and multidisciplinary approach to solve scientific problems leads to greater achievements.


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Notable Publications

Ravindran, A., Mezger, K., Balakrishnan, S., Kooijman, E., Schmitt, M., Berndt, J. (2019). Initial 87Sr/86Sr as a sensitive tracer of Archaean crust-mantle evolution: Constraints from igneous and sedimentary rocks in the western Dharwar Craton, India. Precambrian Research, 10.1016/j.precamres.2019.105523.

Managave, S., Shimla, P., Yadav, R.R., Ramesh, R., Balakrishnan, S. (2019). Contrasting Centennial-Scale Climate Variability in High Mountain Asia Revealed by a Tree-Ring Oxygen Isotope Record FromLahaul-Spiti. Journal of Geophysical Research Letters, 10.1029/2019GL086170.

Giri A, Anand R, Balakrishnan S, Dash JK, SrinivasaSarma D (2019). Neoarchean magmatism in Shimoga greenstone belt, India: Evidence for subduction-accretion processes in the evolution of the western Dharwar stratigraphy. Lithos, 330-331, 177-193, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2019.02.015

Maya J.M., Bhutani R., Balakrishnan S. and Raje Sandhya, S., (2016). Petrogenesis of 3.15 Ga old Banasandra komatiites from the Dharwar craton, India: Implications for early mantle heterogeneity. Geoscience Frontiers. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gsf.2016.03.007

Perumalsamy C., Bhadra S., Balakrishnan S., (2016). Decoding evolutionary history of provenance from beach placer monazites: A case study from Kanyakumari coast, southwest India. Chemical Geology, doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.02.018

Awards & Achievements​

Khosla Research Award-1996 of University of Roorkee
Life Fellow, Indian Society for Mass Spectrometry
Member, Geochemical Society

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