Applied Geology

Dr. Banajarani Panda

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banajapanda@ravenshawuniversity
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Dr. Panda holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology, Ravenshaw University. She has completed her doctorate in the year 2019 from Annamalai University, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. Her doctorate research work mainly focuses on the estimation of mountain front recharge along the foothills of . The process of infiltration/ leachability of U in the vadose zone was studied in the year 2018 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), USA under the Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) Program funded by Indo-Us Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), DST, India. During the course of her research she has published more than 10 articles in reputed peer-reviewed SCI journals. She was also working as an Young Professional in Central Groundwater Board (CGWB), Govt. of India. Her subject areas of teaching includes Groundwater Geology, Crystallography, Tectonics and Mineralogy. 

Selected Publications

  1. 1.        Rodriguez-Espinosa, P. F., Sabarathinam, C., Ochoa-Guerrero, K. M., Martínez-Tavera, E., & Panda, B. (2020). Geochemical evolution and Boron sources of the groundwater affected by urban and volcanic activities of Puebla Valley, south central Mexico. Journal of Hydrology (Elsevier, IF: 5.7) )584, 124613.

    2.        Malakar, A., Kaiser, M., Snow, D. D., Walia, H., Panda, B., & Ray, C. (2020). Ferrihydrite reduction increases arsenic and uranium bioavailability in unsaturated soil. Environmental Science & Technology (ACS Publications, IF:11.36) , 54(21), 13839-13848 .

    3.        Devaraj, N., Panda, B., Chidambaram, S., Prasanna, M. V., Singh, D. K., Ramanathan, A. L., & Sahoo, S. K. (2021). Spatio-temporal variations of Uranium in groundwater: Implication to the environment and human health. Science of The Total Environment (Elsevier, IF: 10.75), 775, 145787.

    4.        Panda, B., Chidambaram, S., Snow, D., Singh, D. K., & Ramanathan, A. L. (2022). Source apportionment and health risk assessment of nitrate in foothill aquifers of Western Ghats, South India. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (Elsevier, IF: 7.1)229, 113075.

    5.        Pandit, P., Saini, A., Chidhambaram, S., Kumar, V., Panda, B., Ramanathan, A. L., & Mehra, R. (2022). Tracing geochemical sources and health risk assessment of uranium in groundwater of arid zone of India. Scientific Reports (Nature, IF: 4.9) , 12(1), 1-12.

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  • She is a passionate, enthusiastic, hardworking researcher and love to face challenges. Over the years her research work have helped her to develop the expertise in Hydrogeology. Her doctoral research work was focused on estimation mountain front recharge (MFR) by using integrated techniques like Geomorphology, Land use pattern, Remote sensing, Geophysics, Geo-statistics, Geochemistry of surface and groundwater including Stable isotopic studies for selected samples and the groundwater levels were monitored by installing piezometers in three different locations along the mountain front and riparian zone. Her research during internship period in the USA, focused to obtain an insight into the vadose zone of a different climate which helped to understand the adsorption properties and contamination transport process in the vadose zone. As a part of the internship, her research was also related to mobilization of redox-sensitive trace elements (especially uranium, arsenic, etc.) as related to leaching and transformation of nitrate and ammonia-N through greenhouse experiment. Iron extraction by Dithionite-Citrate-Bicarbonate (DCB) method has been developed by following Mehra – Jackson (1959-60), which make it possible to solubilize pedogenic oxides and hydroxides and extract dissolved Iron from the soil samples.

  • Her research interests include:

    • Hydrogeology
    • Aquatic Ecosystems
    • Hydrogeochemistry
    • Groundwater Quality & Geostatistics
    • Environmental Chemistry
    • Remote sensing & GIS
    • Hydrogeochemical modelling

    Technical/Scientific skills:

    Handing of instruments like

    • Dionex Ion Chromatograph ICS-90;
    • IC-PMS (iCAp RQ: Including water and soil samples);
    • Water isotope analysis in IRMS (Isoprime-dual inlet),
    • UV-Spectrophotometer (Hach DR-6000);
    • Flame Photometer (CL-376);
    • Laser Fluorimeter (Total U measurement).
  • She is a passionate, enthusiastic, hardworking researcher and love to face challenges. Over the years her research work have helped her to develop the expertise in Hydrogeology. Her doctoral research work was focused on estimation mountain front recharge (MFR) by using integrated techniques like Geomorphology, Land use pattern, Remote sensing, Geophysics, Geo-statistics, Geochemistry of surface and groundwater including Stable isotopic studies for selected samples and the groundwater levels were monitored by installing piezometers in three different locations along the mountain front and riparian zone. Her research during internship period in the USA, focused to obtain an insight into the vadose zone of a different climate which helped to understand the adsorption properties and contamination transport process in the vadose zone. As a part of the internship, her research was also related to mobilization of redox-sensitive trace elements (especially uranium, arsenic, etc.) as related to leaching and transformation of nitrate and ammonia-N through greenhouse experiment. Iron extraction by Dithionite-Citrate-Bicarbonate (DCB) method has been developed by following Mehra – Jackson (1959-60), which make it possible to solubilize pedogenic oxides and hydroxides and extract dissolved Iron from the soil samples.

  • Panda B, Chidambaram, R. Thilagavathi, C.Thivya, N.Ganesh, N.Devraj (2018 a). Geochemical signatures of groundwater along mountain front and riparian zone of Courtallam, Tamil Nadu. Groundwater Sustainability Development https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsd.2017.10.003. (ISSN: 2352-801X, Vol: 7, Page: 372-386)
  • Panda B., Chidambaram, S., Ganesh, N., Adithya, V.S., Prasanna, M.V., Pradeep, K., Vasudevan, U., (2018 b). A hydrochemical approach to the estimation of mountain front recharge in an aquifer system in Tamilnadu, India Acta Geochim. DOI 10.1007/s11631-017-0229-4. (Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 465–488)
  • Panda B., Chidambaram, S., Ganesh, N., Adithya, V.S., Pradeep, K., Vasudevan, U., Ramanathan, A.L., Shyamranjan, Prasanna, M.V., Pradeep, K., (2018 c). A study on mountain front recharge by using integrated techniques in the hard rock aquifers of southern India. Environ Dev Sustain DOI 10.1007/s10668-017-9987-8. ( 20(5), pages 2243-2259).
  • Devaraj, S. Chidambaram, Panda B, C. Thivya, R. Thilagavathi, N. Ganesh (2018). Geo-electrical approach to determine the lithological contact and groundwater quality along the KT boundary of Tamilnadu, India, Model. Earth Syst. Environ. (2018) 4: 269-279. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40808-018-0424-2
  • Thivya C , Chidambaram S , Devaraj N , Thilagavathi R  , Panda B , Tirumalesh K, Prasanna M.V, Vasudevan U, Ramanathan AL (2019) Geochemical process-based characterization of groundwater along the KT boundary of South India. Chemie der Erde – Geochemistry, org/10.1016/j.geoch.2018.11.005 (Volume 79, Issue 1, April 2019, Pages 62-77).
  • Panda B, Chidambaram S, Tirumalesh K, Ganesh N, Thivya C, Thilagavathi R, Venkatramanan S, Prasanna M.V, DevarajN, Ramanathan A.L (2019) An integrated approach to understand the process of mountain front recharge and riparian zone aquifer system in Tamil Nadu, India: A first report. Aquatic Geochemistry10.1007/s10498-019-09357-8.
  • Panda, B., Chidambaram, S., Thivya, C., Thilagavathi R., Tirumalesh K., Devaraj N. (2020) An attempt to determine the behavior of metals and their dependent thermodynamic saturation states in the groundwater along mountain front and riparian zone. Environ Earth Sci 79: 17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-019-8685-2.
  • Rodriguez-Espinosa, P. F., Sabarathinam, C., Ochoa-Guerrero, K. M., Martínez-Tavera, E., & Panda, B. (2020). Geochemical evolution and Boron sources of the groundwater affected by urban and volcanic activities of Puebla Valley, south central Mexico. Journal of Hydrology584, 124613.
  • Sivakarun, N., Udayaganeshan, P., Chidambaram, S., Venkatramanan, S., Prasanna, M. V., Pradeep, K., & Panda, B. (2020). Factors determining the hydrogeochemical processes occurring in shallow groundwater of coastal alluvial aquifer, India. Chemie der Erde – Geochemistry , DOI:1016/j.chemer.2020.125623.
  • Panda, B., Chidambaram, S., Thilagavathi, R., Ganesh, N., Prasanna, M. V., & Vasudevan, U. (2020). Source governed trace metal anomalies in groundwater of foothill aquifer and its health effect. Applied Water Science, 10(7), 1-10.
  • Malakar, A., Kaiser, M., Snow, D. D., Walia, H., Panda, B., & Ray, C. (2020). Ferrihydrite Reduction Increases Arsenic and Uranium Bioavailability in Unsaturated Soil. Environmental Science & Technology, 54(21), 13839-13848.
  • Panda, B., Sabarathinam, C., Nagappan, G., Rajendiran, T., & Kamaraj, P. (2020). Multiple thematic spatial integration technique to identify the groundwater recharge potential zones—a case study along the Courtallam region, Tamil Nadu, India. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 13(24), 1-16.
  • Devaraj, N., Panda, B., Chidambaram, S., Prasanna, M. V., Singh, D. K., Ramanathan, A. L., & Sahoo, S. K. (2021). Spatio-temporal variations of Uranium in groundwater: Implication to the environment and human health. Science of The Total Environment, 775, 145787.
  • Rajendiran, T., Sabarathinam, C., Chandrasekar, T., Panda B. et al. (2021). Geochemical variations due to salinization in groundwater along the southeast coast of India. SN Appl. Sci. 3, 581. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42452-021-04551-2.
  • Palanivel, P., Sabarathinam, C., Kamaraj, P., Panda, B., Natesan, D., Mathivanan, M., … & Alagappan, R. (2021). Assessment and evaluation of geochemical process in the groundwater of the coastal aquifers. Acta Ecologica Sinica.
  • Panda, B., Chidambaram, S., Snow, D., Singh, D. K., & Ramanathan, A. L. (2022). Source apportionment and health risk assessment of nitrate in foothill aquifers of Western Ghats, South India. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety,229, 113075.
  • Chidambaram, S., Panda, B., Keesari, T., Prasanna, M. V., Singh, D. K., & Ramanathan, A. L. (2022). Isotopic signatures to address the groundwater recharge in coastal aquifers. Marine Pollution Bulletin,174, 113273.
  • Chidambaram, S., Prasanna, M. V., Venkatramanan, S., Nepolian, M., Pradeep, K., Panda, B., & Thilagavathi, R. (2022). Groundwater quality assessment for irrigation by adopting new suitability plot and spatial analysis based on fuzzy logic technique. Environmental Research,204, 111729.
  • Pandit, P., Saini, A., Chidhambaram, S., Kumar, V., Panda, B., Ramanathan, A. L., & Mehra, R. (2022). Tracing geochemical sources and health risk assessment of uranium in groundwater of arid zone of India. Scientific Reports , 12(1), 1-12.
  • Groundwater Geology
  • Water Quality Assessment
  • Crystallography
  • Mineralogy
  • Tectonics