Top NIO scientist elected as INSA fellow

PANAJI: The chief scientist at the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Mr Kolluru Sree Krishna, has been elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi. INSA is a one of the three scientific bodies in the country, and Dr Krishna has been elected for the coveted fellowship for this year under the discipline of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Dr Krishna’s contribution was to understand the structure and evolution of Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea through modelling of marine geophysical and geological measurements that led to provide evidence for deformation in the Indian Ocean.

He joined the NIO in 1984. Since then he has continued his research in understanding the plate breakup process of the central Indian Ocean, rift-initiation process between the Eastern Continental Margin of India (ECMI) and East Antarctica, and ridge-hot spot interactions during the formation of the volcanic ridges.

Before his stint with the NIO he was with an American company first as a seismologist and then as a scientist.

Dr Krishna has been elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad), 2010 and has served on the Editorial Board Member for Indian Journal of Marine Sciences as well as Associate Editor for the JGR – Solid Earth (American Geophysical Union, for 6-year term from January 2005 to March 2010).

He was awarded the International Fellowship for the year 2008 from the Royal Society of London and elected as a Fellow of the Indian Geophysical Union (Indian Geophysical Union), 2002 as well as Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore), 2002

Dr Krishna has been honoured with several national awards and Academy Fellowships including MS Krishnan Medal, Decennial Award, National Geoscience Award, S S Bhatnagar Prize, J C Bose National Fellowship.

He has spent about 1200 days at sea on various Indian and foreign research vessels and 300 field days on land for acquisition of geological and geophysical data and also chaired the scientific session ‘Research Advances on the Geologic, Tectonic, and Geochemical Evolution of the Indian Ocean Seafloor and its Margins’ during the AGU
2008 Fall Meeting held at San Francisco, USA