School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Saumitra Kumar Misra


I did my Ph.D. on anorogenic granitoid geochemistry from Presidency College, Kolkata, India, in 1993. After completion of my formal degree, I had a long history of post-doctoral research (1994-2009) in various Institutes in India and sometimes in abroad. During my long post-doctoral research, I was able to expose in asteroid impact cratering processes, radiometric dating of rocks using Pb-Pb zircon SHRIMP techniques, rock magnetic studies of impact craters etc. 

Currently, I am working as a lecturer in UKZN and teaching optical mineralogy, igneous petrology and geochemistry, and geological field trips in second and third year undergraduate levels. My current research interest includes geochemistry of Kaapvaal craton granitoids, geochemistry of Karoo Igneous Province, Indian asteroid impact craters, lunar rock geochemistry, Indian ocean ridge etc.

Research interests

  • Mineralogy and Geochemistry
  • Origin of Precambrian granitoid rocks,
  • Karoo Igneous Province
  • Asteroid Impact Craters, Indian Ocean Ridge etc.  

Research profiles