Neelarun Mukherjee

B.S., Exploration Geophysics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2021
M.S., Exploration Geophysics, Micro-specialization in Microfluidics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2021
Ph.D., Hydrogeology, University of Texas at Austin, expected 2026

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My primary focus is unraveling the intricacies of flow and reactive transport in the subsurface. My research aims to contribute solutions to the escalating global drinking water crisis caused by groundwater contamination. To achieve this, I am committed to developing robust models that can effectively explain the complexities of transport phenomena in the subsurface, particularly within the critical zone. I am particularly intrigued by the challenges posed by increasing human interference in these processes. Currently, my research is honed in on the intricate transport dynamics unfolding in the thawing Arctic permafrost, driven by the effects of global warming. This exploration extends beyond the water cycle implications, delving into the substantial reservoir of greenhouse gases, such as CH4, CO2, and NOx, stored in the Arctic permafrost. As Earth warms, releasing these gases will significantly impact the global climate. My interest lies in comprehending the nuanced subsurface transport physics at play in the dynamic Arctic environment, employing a combination of field and computational experiments.

Current Research Projects

Flow and transport processes in supra-permafrost aquifers in the Arctic

Travel Grant for 2024 Environmental Systems Science, US Department of Energy PI Meeting - US Department of Energy (2024 - 2024)

Summer Off-Campus Research Support - Jackson School of Geosciences (2023)

Travel Grant for PFLOTRAN Reactive Transport Workshop, PNNL - CUAHSI (2023)

Dean's List - Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2021)

Best Project Award - Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2021)

Prof. Supriya Mohan Sengupta Memorial Award: Best masters' Thesis - Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2021)

CNRS Research Fellowhsip - Geoscience Rennes, France (2019 - 2019)

University of Alberta Research Experiience (UARE) - University of Alberta, Canada (2019 - 2019)

Inspire Scholarship - Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (2016 - 2021)