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Bhattacharya, Atreyee



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research overview

  • I am a paleoclimatologist. I am trained in geochemical applications within the broad discipline of earth sciences. My research focuses on reconstructing and assessing the impact of climate variability on human societies, especially in semi-arid regions over the past 1000 years and (b) corals as environmental archives. I combine paleoclimatic methods with historical, archeological studies and climate models to address questions of how climate variability impacts availability and access to resources in arid and semi-arid regions. My marine studies focus exclusively on understanding how corals trap particulate matters and what does a record of particulate matter in coral cores tell us about the response of reefs to coastal water pollution.


  • Climate variability, climate impacts, climate disasters, paleoclimate, historical climate, coral reefs


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courses taught

  • ATOC 1060 - Our Changing Environment: El Nino, Ozone, and Climate
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2022
    Discusses the Earth's climate for nonscience majors, focusing on the role of the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere and land surface. Describes the water cycle, atmospheric circulations and ocean currents, and how they influence global climate, El Nino and the ozone hole. Discusses human impacts from climate change. Recommended prerequisite: ATOC 1050. Degree credit not granted for this course and GEOL 1060.
  • ENVS 1000 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018
    Surveys environmental studies, examining ecological, socioeconomic, political, aesthetic, and technological factors that influence the quality of life on Earth. Required for ENVS majors.
  • ENVS 3020 - Advanced Writing in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Offers training in critical thinking and analytical writing skills appropriate to upper-division classes. Writing assignments integrate the subject matter of different topical areas. Fulfills writing requirement for Environmental Studies major. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000.
  • ENVS 3525 - Intermediate Environmental Problem Analysis: Topical Cornerstones
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Engages students in in-depth study of a topic such as climate change, energy, natural resources or sustainability. Through lectures, discussions, readings and activities, students will become conversant with how science, policy and values are integrated in environmental problem solving, and develop their own sense of how to critically engage with proposed solutions. Fulfills cornerstone requirement for Environmental Studies Major. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000. Recommended corequisite: ENVS 3020. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • ENVS 4100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Various topics not normally covered in the curriculum: offered depending on student demand and specialties of faculty. Applied to specialization requirement for Environmental Studies major. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2022
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • IAFS 3000 - Special Topics in International Affairs
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Junior or senior level umbrella seminar spanning a variety of topics relevant to the study of international affairs. Subjects addressed under this heading vary according to student interest and faculty availability. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.


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