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Dr. Rajiv Nigam selected for S.N.Bhalla Gold Medal
The Executive Council of the Paleontological Society of India at its recently held meeting has unanimously proposed Dr. Rajiv Nigam, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NIO for the award of S.N.Bhalla Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of Micropalaeontology. Award ceremony will be held sometime in the third week of Nov. 2015.
A brief note on Dr. Rajiv Nigam’s Paleoclimate research activity is as below.
Dr. Rajiv Nigam has made outstanding contributions in the field of Marine Geology (Micropaleontology) using foraminifera as a tool to understand oceanographic processes and their role in environmental and paleo environmental assessments.
His main findings are pollution monitoring through relative sensitivity of the benthic foraminifera; development of novel technique to decipher net sediment transport direction by comparisons of living and dead benthic foraminifera; postulating dimorphism as proxy for paleoclimate reconstructions; development of model for the paleodepth determination in the Arabian Sea and sea level curve for the Holocene; morphogroups of benthic foraminifera as a new tool for paleomonsoonal reconstruction; discovery of 77 years cyclicity in average monsoonal rainfall which is modulated by Gleissberg solar cycle and application of Marine micropaleontology in the field of Marine Archaeology [e.g. settling controversy of dockyard at Lothal and explanation of Neolithic human settlements in Gulf of Cambay through knowledge of sea level fluctuations].
In our country, he has pioneered the study of foraminifera in laboratory culture. These experiments provide new insights for some of the fundamental aspects of foraminiferal studies.
Dr. Nigam is recipient of several awards like CSIR Young Scientist Award, Krishnan Gold Medal, National Mineral Awards etc. Besides enhancing his own qualification to D.Sc. degree, Dr. Nigam has also taken keen interest in human resource development and successfully guided 11 students for Ph.D. and 5 students are currently working under his supervision. He has published more than 125 research papers in National and International journals. At present he is heading Geological Oceanography Division and Marine Archaeology Unit of NIO.
Congratulations to Dr. Rajiv Nigam.
For more information on Dr. Rajiv Nigam’s scientific research kindly visit the webpage http://www.nio.org/index/option/com_researcherdisplay/task/show/tid/2/sid/69/rid/552
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