Arijit Chattopadhyay

Arijit ChattopadhyayGeological Sciences/PhD

Thesis Topic Investigation of the large-scale controls on the morphodynamics of submarine fans through laboratory flume experiments.
Supervisor Dr. Elisabeth Steel

Research Interests 

Current Research Interest:

My current research interest revolves around the qualitative and quantitative characterization of morphodynamics and evolution of submarine fans, the largest repository of sediments in the deepwater environment, host some of the world's largest petroleum systems as well as mineral deposits.

This research will further our understanding of deepwater reservoir heterogeneity, aid in carbon sequestration projects, and mitigating risks to the stability of subsea infrastructures, often built on dynamic sea floors.

Subjects of Research Interest:

My professional and academic experiences have shaped my research interests over the years. Based on my passion and knowledge harnessed with hands-on experience, the following are my broader research interest subjects.: 

  • Process Sedimentology &  Geomorphology: Morphodynamics of Deepwater vs. Fluvial deposits.
  • Deepwater depositional systems in mini basins and active margins.
  • Application of Sequence Stratigraphy in the hydrology of the mixed siliciclastic system.
  • Paleoclimatic Analysis using diagenetic proxy modeling, stable isotope analysis, biomarker fingerprinting, and other geochemical methods.
  • Reservoir Characterization: Integration of Outcrop, Lab, and Subsurface data.
  • 3D Geomechanical Modelling using Seismic & Well Log Interpretation, Rock Physics, Geomechanics


About Arijit

Arijit recently joined Queen's University in the Ph.D. program under Dr. Elizabeth Steel in Fall'2020 in Queen's Sedimentology Group.

In the last 15 years (2005-20), Arijit has gained professional experience in the petroleum E&P domain, worked for renowned operators, and on behalf of consulting companies( Kuwait Oil Company, Baker Hughes, Reliance Industries Limited) across South/South East Asia, UK and the Norwegian North Sea, Continental Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, serving multiple roles in several techno-economic projects.

This gamut of professional experience has boosted his interest in pursuing dedicated research work in Applied Geoscience. He contributed to a multidisciplinary project that resulted in an innovative workflow accepted as US patent: US010126448B2.

He has worked in multicultural and diverse teams, published and presented in different technical forums, and also volunteered as a member of 2nd EAGE Eastern Africa Petroleum Geoscience Forum(2016) and 2nd & 3rd Springer Arabian Journal of Geosciences Conference(2019, 2020) technical committees.

Arijit completed B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Geological Sciences at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India in 2003. He subsequently obtained an M.Sc. degree in Applied Geology at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India in 2005. His M.Sc. thesis work was focused on mixed siliciclastic facies analysis of Paleogene Kutch Basin, above Deccan flood basalt in Western India. This project helped map out and characterize the 1st Eocene transgressive marginal marine and open marine units of the Kutch basin, integrating diagenetic facies with the passive margin basin's depositional architecture.



  • Queen's University School of Graduate Studies Doctoral Award, 2020-24.
  • Queen's University Graduate Award, 2020-24.
  • MIT India Innovation Seed Fund Scholarship, 2012 to research at Summon’s Geobiology Lab at MIT, Cambridge, MA, the USA, through the exchange program.
  • Shri Vembu Ayer Memorial Award: being the most outstanding M.Sc. student from Department of Earth Sciences, IIT Bombay (2004-05).
  • Winner of Schlumberger Indian University Handshake Programme Scholarship Competition for M.Sc. Thesis Project (2004-05).
  • Prof. Parthasarathy Memorial Award (2003-04) for ranking 1st in 1st Year of M.Sc. program in Applied Geology, Department of Earth Sciences, IIT Bombay.
  • National Scholarship (2003) Award for ranking 79th in Pan-Indian Merit List in Undergraduate Degree (B.Sc.) studies from Government of India.
  • University Gold Medal (2003): ranking 1st Class 1st in B.Sc. (Honours) in Geological Science, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.
  • Bhupendra Nath Bose Memorial Book Prize (2003) by Jadavpur University Alumni Association: ranking 1st Class 1st in B.Sc. (Honours) in Geological Science, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.




  • US Patent: US010126448B2 “Formation measurements using downhole noise sources” for designing innovative reservoir flood-front monitoring workflow using injector and producer wells equipped with intelligent lower completion techniques. Inventors: Heikki Armas Jutila, Pierre-Francois Roux, Atul H. Kshirsagar, Arijit Chattopadhyay, Kousha Gohari, Carlos Mascagnini, Peter J. Kidd. Patent Date: 13’th November 2018. US10126448B2 - Formation measurements using downhole noise sources - Google Patents


  • Chattopadhyay, A., Dutta, S., 2014. Higher plant biomarker signatures from early Eocene sediments of NE India. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 57, p 51-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.04.004.
  • Gohari, K., Jutila, H., Kshirsagar, A., Chattopadhyay, A., Mascagnini, C., Gryaznov, A., Kidd, P., Zarei, F., 2016. DAS/DTS/DSS/DPS/DxS- Do we measure what adds value? Accepted manuscript, presented in 16th SPE EUROPEC featured at 78th EAGE Conference and Exhibition, DOI: 10.2118/180165-MS.

Extended Abstract

  • Chattopadhyay, A., Martin, I.T., Stearn, J.E.F., 2015. Frontier Exploration along East African Continental Margin: Key Challenges to Find More Oil than Gas. Extended abstract, presented in 1st EAGE Eastern Africa Petroleum Geoscience Forum. DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201414436.
  • Kshirsagar, A., Chattopadhyay, A., Mascagnini, C., Gohari, K., Jutila, H., Gryaznov, A., 2016. Understanding Value of What We Measure. Extended abstract, presented in 78th EAGE Conference and Exhibition Workshop “Reservoir Monitoring with Distributed Fibre-optic Sensing (DxS)”.DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201601644.
  • Lee, E., Yang, L., Mascagnini, C., Kshirsagar, A., Gohari, K., Jutila, H., Chattopadhyay, A., Gryaznov, A., 2016. Production Logging: A Fiber Optics Way. Extended Abstract, presented in 78th EAGE Conference and Exhibition Workshop “Reservoir Monitoring with Distributed Fibre-optic Sensing (DxS)”. DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201601643.
  • Gryaznov, A., Chattopadhyay, A., Cuddy, S., Green, S., Collins, L., Martin, I.T., 2014. Multidisciplinary teamwork defines uncertainties in a North Sea field with complex tectonics and facies distributions. Extended Abstract, presented in Baker Hughes 2014 Geoscience and Reservoir Consulting Technical Conference on Technical Excellence and Reservoir Solutions, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.


  • Chattopadhyay, A., 2021. Tracking Indian Monsoon Through Different Lenses: Tectono-Sedimentary Sequences to Molecular Fossils. Accepted for presentation in AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, 24-26 May 2021.
  • Chattopadhyay, A., Qahtani, M., Sablit, R., 2019. A Discussion on Seismic Reservoir Characterization of Tight Reservoir: Scope to Further Research Combining Fiber Optics. Presented in 2nd International Conference & Expo in Oil and Gas, in Dubai, UAE.
  • Chattopadhyay, A., 2020. A Review on Tracking Asian Monsoon through Seismio-Tectonic Sequences to Biomarkers: Impact on Hydrocarbon Exploration. Accepted in 36th IGC in Delhi, India.
  • Saraswati, P.K., Williams, R., Chattopadhyay, A., Khanolkar, S., Summons, R.E., Dutta, S., 2013. Integrated biostratigraphy, carbon isotope stratigraphy and biomarker study of an early Eocene section in Western India: Hyperthermal events and palaeoenvironment. Accepted Abstract and presented as a poster at 26th International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry (IMOG), at Tenerife, Spain.
  • Chattopadhyay, A., 2015. Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Microbialite Reservoirs. Accepted Abstract and presented in Baker Hughes Carbonate Community of Practice Annual Technical Conference, Aberdeen, UK.

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