Prafulla Kumar Sahoo
Dr. Prafulla has been working as an Assistant Researcher with the research group "Environmental Geology and Water Resources" at the Vale Institute of Technology, in Belém-PA, since December 2012. He received his doctoral degree in 2011 from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in the main area of Environment and Geochemistry, with a focus on Geochemistry of acid mine drainage. From January 2011 to September 2012, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the National University of Kunsan, Korea, where he studied the Arsenic (As) behavior of ground water and rice crop soil in alluvial plains of South Korea through chemical and geological processes to explore the factors that cause variability in alluvial groundwater and as a collection mechanism by rice. During his research career, he is the author/co-author of over 34 papers in international journals and 12 abstracts/papers at international conferences. He is the reviewer of: The Journal of Hazardous material, Geoquímica Aplicada, Chemosphere, Mine Water and Environment, Environmental Earth Sciences, and Soil Science Society of America Journal, and is also currently serving as an editorial board member of the Journal of Bioorganic & Organic Chemistry. He was a BK-21 post-doctoral research fellow at the Kunsan National University Korea (January 2011 to August 2012), a Ph.D. research fellow at IIT Kharagpur (July 2006 to January 2011) and received a university merit scholarship at M. Sc. at Visva-Bharati (2007). His research activities are related to understanding the destination and transport of contaminants in the waters (surface/groundwater), soils and sediments, forecasting, repair and prevention of surface and groundwater contamination caused by mining and other anthropogenic activities, and plant-soil interactions.
His current research at ITV focuses on the geochemistry of lake sediments to reconstruct the history of organic and clastic provenance, paleoclimatic conditions, the influence of climate change on water quality and phytoplankton biomass in a restricted lake environment and the understanding of the destination and transport of emergent contaminants in surface/groundwater bodies.