Joyashish Thakurta Ph.D.

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Research Manager, Economic Geologist


Dr. Thakurta has been working on the mechanism of origin of magmatic and hydrothermal economic mineral deposits, particularly on the mineralization of critical elements such as nickel, platinum group elements and rare earth elements. His research interests include the magmatism and economic mineralizations associated with the Midcontinent Rift System, crystallization of Ural-Alaskan type zoned mafic-ultramafic complexes, and the principles and applications of stable isotope ratios in petrogenetic systems. At NRRI, Dr. Thakurta is engaged with research on the origin of Ni-Cu-PGE deposits associated with the Midcontinent Rift. He has also been working on the mechanism of carbon dioxide sequestration in ultramafic rocks and on the methods of non-conventional acquisition of critical metals. 

Before joining NRRI he was a faculty member in Economic Geology and Stable Isotope Geochemistry at Western Michigan University, where he developed a research program on the petrogenetic evolution of the Lake Superior Region particularly with respect to the origin of economic mineral deposits. He was also the director of the Economic Geology program at the Michigan Geological Survey.


  • Ph.D. in Economic Geology, Indiana University Bloomington, 2008 
  • M.S. in Stable Isotope Geochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003 
  • M.Sc. in Metamorphic Petrology, Jadavpur University, 2000 
  • B.Sc. in Geology, Presidency College, University of Calcutta, 1998


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Economic Geologist Joyashish Thakurta recently joined the NRRI team to contribute expertise in minerals mapping and characterization for sustainable planning.