Dr Baiju KR

Dr. Baiju K.R.                                                                  

Associate Professor & Director

             baijukr@gmail.com

 

Education

  • Ph.D in Geology  under the Faculty of Marine Sciences, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala, India (2007)
  • MSc. in Geology from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam Kerala, India  (2000)
  • BSc. in Geology from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam Kerala, India   (1997)

 

Academic and Administrative positions

  • Expert Member for Environmental Sector, SDG Monitoring Group, Govt of Kerala
  • Coordinator, International Earth Science Olympiad, conducted by Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India & Geological Society of India, Bangalore.
  • Member Academic Council, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
  • Member Advisory Committee, Department of Life Long Learning and Extension, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam
  • Member Board of Studies, Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala, India
  • Coordinator Flood level mapping in Kottayam & Idukki districts, Kerala: a KSDMA, Govt. of Kerala initiative(2018)
  • Member District Environmental Appraisal Committee (DEAC), Ernakulam District, Kerala. (2018)
  • Fellow of the Geological Society of India
  • Member, Kyoto University Active Geosphere Investigations (KAGI) for the 21st Century Center of Excellence Program, Japan
  • Chairman BoS, School of Environmental Sciences, MGU
  • Member BoS, Department of Geology, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam
  • Member of the Governing Body, Institute of Climate Change Studies-KSCSTE, Govt. of Kerala, India.
  • Member, Research and Development Committee, Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Kerala
 

Awards/Lectureships/ Professorships/memberships

  • The Young Scientist Award of 19th Kerala Science Congress, 2007 in the subject area Earth System Sciences
  • CSIR , UGC (JRF) NET for Earth and Planetary Sciences qualified in the year 2002
 

Research experience

  • Twenty one years

Major Topics:

  • Metamorphic and igneous rocks of the Southern Granulite Terrain (SGT), Southern India.
  • Studies on Landslides and River Basin geomorphology
  • Community Based Disaster Management
 

Research Guidance

              PhD :  2

              MSc/Mphil : 18

Citations

              H-index : 4

              i10 index: 4

Publications

              Journal papers:  14

              Book Chapters  : 4

              Books                  : 5

              Presented papers: 14           

 

Conferences/seminars/workshops/training programmes organised

  • Convener, Dr. R. Satheesh Memorial Lecture Series, held on 25th February & 8th March 2022. Organized by the School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
  • Coordinator National Science Day 2019 held on 26th February, 2019. Organized by School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam Kochi under the aegis of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment.
  • Convener, One day Seminar on ‘A scientific analysis and Rethinking on Recent Mega Floods of Kerala held on 17th September, 2018. Organized by School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
  • Convener National Seminar on ‘Coastal zone: Processes, Resources and Social Relevance held on 16-17 February 2012. Conducted by the Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi under the aegis of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment.
  • Convener  Seminar series in Memory of our Beloved professors of the Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi: Prof Kurian Jacob, Prof. Y. L. Dora, Prof. S. Lakshmanan held on 26th March, 2013, 23rd July, 2013, and 20th August, 2013 under the aegis of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment.
 

Research Projects (Completed / ongoing)

Project Title

Funding agency

Budget

Mapping the spatial distribution of rock quarries in Ernakulam, Kottayam and Idukki districts of Kerala”- ongoing 

Directorate of Environment and Climate Change (DoECC), Govt. of Kerala. 

Rs. 30, 17, 200

Eco-restoration of flood affected riparian vegetation and braid bars in Chalakkudy River – ongoing

GOI-GEF-UNDP (CO-PI)

Rs. 15,00,000

Mapping of Flood and Landslide Prone Areas and the Flood and Landslide affected areas of 2018-Kottayam & Idukki districts – completed

Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA)

Rs, 4,00,000

 

Research Papers

  1. Sreelakshmi Prakash, Baiju K. R., Abin Varghese, and Anish A.U. (2022) Annual soil loss estimation in a tropical river basin of southern India using RUSLE model and AHP techniques. Journal of Geosciences Research, 7, No.2, 202-208. https://doi.org/10.56153/g19088-021-0068-8
  2. Mohan M., Chacko A., Rameshan M., Gopikrishna V. G., Kannan, V. M., Vishnu N. G., Arun Sasi, S., and Baiju K. R (2022). Restoring riparian ecosystems during the UN‑decade on ecosystem restoration: A global perspective. Anthropocene Science. (Published online) https://doi.org/10.1007/s44177-022-00009-1
  3. Anish A. U., Baiju K. R., Ajay K.K., Aryapriya M.S., Chandana S. and Parvathy H.S. (2022). Tectonic interference in the evolution of tropical river basin, South Western Ghats, India; evidences from hierarchical drainage network anomalies.  Journal of Geosciences Research. 7, No.1, 72-80. 
  4. Raisa Kabeer, Sylas V. P., Praveen Kumar C. S., Thomas A. P., Shanthiprabha V., Radhakrishnan E. K. and Baiju K. R. (2021) Role of heavy metal tolerant rhizosphere bacteria in the phytoremediation of Cu and Pb using Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms. International Journal of Phytoremediation. (Published online) https://doi.org/10.1080/15226514.2021.2007215 (IF : 3.212)
  5. Anish A. U., Baiju K. R., Praveen Kurian Thomas, Milan Anns,  Rajkumar PB, Sreeraj Babu (2021) Status of GIS-enabled morphometric analysis of river basins of Kerala, Southern India: a review and assessment. Regional Studies in Marine Sciences, 44, 101792. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2021.101792. (IF: 1.624)
  6. Anu-Sha A.P., Baiju K.R., Ashitha Anand, Sui A.S. (2021) Mineralogical Characterization of Anhydrite from Charnockites; Evidence for Precambrian Saline Brine Influx in the Madurai Block, Southern India. Journal of Geosciences Research. 6, No.1, 41-47
  7. Joseph, J. K., Anand, D., Prajeesh, P., Zacharias, A., Varghese, A. G., Pradeepkumar, A. P., & Baiju, K. R. (2020). Community resilience mechanism in an unexpected extreme weather event: An analysis of the Kerala floods of 2018, India. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction49, 101741. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101741 (IF: 4.320)
  8. Baiju K.R. and Amaldev, T. (2019) Graphite crystallinity, a reliable geothermometer for high-grade metamorphic rocks – case study from Trivandrum block, southern India. Eco-Chronicle. 14, No.2, 142-149.
  9. Anish A. U., Baiju K. R., Midhun E.V., Krishnakumar K.N. (2019) Hierarchical anomaly and denudation index of Karuvannur river basin, Thrissur district, Kerala, India. Eco-Chronicle. 14, No.1, 60-65.
  10. Anish A.U., Baiju R and Sreenath Sekhar (2019) Hierarchical anomalies in drainage network: A Case study from Western Ghats, South India. Spatial Information Research. 27, 453-463
  11. Amaldev T. and Baiju R. (2018) Evidences of polyphase deformation and retrogression in high-grade metamorphic rocks – a case study from the Western Madurai Block, Southern India. Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research, 5, No.8, 951-958.
  12. Ajayakumar P., Baiju K. R. and Mahadevan T. M. (2016) Status of Karur-Kambam-Painavu-Trichur shear zone, Southern Granulite Terrain (SGT) in the context of Late Mesozoic dynamic evolution of Western Ghats: A geophysical – geological perspective. Current Science, 111,No.11, 1847-1853.
  13. Amaldev T., Santosh M., Li Tang, Baiju R., Tsunogae T. and Satyanarayana M. (2016) Mesoarchean convergent margin processes and crustal evolution: petrologic, geochemical and zircon U-Pb and Lu-Hf data from the Mercara Suture Zone, southern India. Gondwana Research, 37, 182-204.
  14. Baiju K.R., Nambiar C. G., Jadhav G.N., Kagi H. and Satish-Kumar M. (2009) Low-density CO2-rich fluid inclusions from charnockites of southwestern Madurai Granulite Block, Southern India; implications on graphite mineralization. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 36, 332-340.
  15. Baiju, K.R., Satish-Kumar, M., Kagi , Nambiar, C. G. and Ravisankar, M. (2005) Mineralogical Characterization of Graphite Deposits from Thodupuzha-Kanjirappally Belt, Madurai Granulite Block, Southern India. Gondwana Research, vol.8, No.2, 223-230.

Seminar/ symposia proceedings

  1. Tomin Sunny and Baiju K.R.(2020). An Investigation on Global Nipah Virus Outbreak with Critical Analysis of Kerala Scenario. K.R Baiju, Karunakaran Akhildev, Joice K Joseph, Naveen Babu, Anithomas Idiculla, Mahesh Mohan and A.P Pradeepkumar. (eds). Proceedings of the 4th Disaster, Risk and Vulnerability Conference October 9th 10th – 17th &18th  2020, (ISBN: 9-789380-419534) School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India.
  2. Ruksana Salim, Baiju K.R., Abin Varghese (2020). Comparative Vulnerability Analysis of Covid-19 in Selected Countries Using Geoinformatics. R Baiju, Karunakaran Akhildev, Joice K Joseph, Naveen Babu, Anithomas Idiculla, Mahesh Mohan and A.P Pradeepkumar. (eds). Proceedings of the 4th Disaster, Risk and Vulnerability Conference October 9th 10th – 17th &18th 2020, (ISBN: 9-789380-419534) School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India.
  3. Karunakaran Akhildev, Megha Rajan, Gopika G, Vishnu N.G, Joice K Joseph, Mahesh Mohan, Baiju K.R., Pradeepkumar A.P. (2020). Flood Depth Model Using Geospatial Technology in Ernakulum District,Kerala India. K.R Baiju, Karunakaran Akhildev, Joice K Joseph, Naveen Babu, Anithomas Idiculla, Mahesh Mohan and A.P Pradeepkumar. (eds). Proceedings of the 4th Disaster, Risk and Vulnerability Conference October 9th 10th – 17th &18th 2020, (ISBN: 9-789380-419534) School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. 
  4. Ajayakumar P. and Baiju K. R. (2016) Crustal structure across Periyar Plateau, Southern Granulite Terrain: Inferences from Gravity Data. P. Pradeepkumar and E. Shaji (eds). Shear Zones and Crustal Blocks of Southern India, Proceedings of the 3rd UGC-SAP-DRS II and talks of the Current Trends in Earth System Sciences (CTESS2015), 15-16 February, 2016 (ISBN 978-8-1923-4495-9), Department of Geology, University of Kerala, pp 33-36.
  5. Amaldev T., Baiju K.R, Santosh M., Tsunogae, T. and Satyanarayanan, M. (2016). High grade metamorphism and subduction related arc magmatism in the Mercara Shear Zone, southern India. P. Pradeepkumar and E. Shaji (eds). Shear Zones and Crustal Blocks of Southern India, Proceedings of the 3rd UGC-SAP-DRS II and talks of the Current Trends in Earth System Sciences (CTESS2015), 15-16 February, 2016 (ISBN 978-8-1923-4495-9), Department of Geology, University of Kerala, pp 37-42.
  6. Manju Narayanan, Pradeepkumar T.,Varghese,S., Krishnamurthi R. and Baiju K.R. (2016) Fluid inclusion study on the Wyanad and Attappadi gold mineralization in Southern Granulite Terrain. P. Pradeepkumar and E. Shaji (eds). Shear Zones and Crustal Blocks of Southern India, Proceedings of the 3rd UGC-SAP-DRS II and talks of the Current Trends in Earth System Sciences (CTESS2015), 15-16 February, 2016 (ISBN 978-8-1923-4495-9), Department of Geology, University of Kerala, pp 45-49.
  7. Baiju R., Nambiar C.G. and G.N. Jadhav (2014) Role of saline brine in graphite bearing high grade metamorphic rocks – a fluid inclusion study. A.P. Pradeepkumar and E. Shaji (eds). Shear Zones and Crustal Blocks of Southern India, Proceedings UGC-SAP-DRS II Seminar 29th March, 2014 (ISBN No. 978-81-923449-1-1), Department of Geology, University of Kerala, pp 8-13.
  8. Baiju K. R., Amaldev T and Sui A S (2014) Physico-chemical characterization of Allanite from Thodupuzha, Kerala. E. Shaji and A.P. Pradeepkumar (eds). Proceedings of the ‘Mineralia-2014’National Seminar on Mineral Resources of Kerala, 6–8 March, 2014(ISBN 978-81-923449-0-4), Department of Geology, University of Kerala, pp

Books/ Chapters

  1. Baiju K.R, Karunakaran Akhildev, Joice K Joseph, Naveen Babu, Anithomas Idiculla, Mahesh Mohan and A.P Pradeepkumar.(EDS) (2020). Proceedings of the 4th Disaster, Risk and Vulnerability Conference October 9th 10th – 17th &18th 2020, School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India – 686560(ISBN 978-93-8041-953-4)
  2. Baiju, K.R. (2019) Bhoomi Undakunnathengane (How the Earth forming) (in Malayalam language). DC Books, Kottayam, India. (ISBN 978-93-5282-973-6)
  3. Krishnakumar K.N. and Baiju, K.R. (2019) Mannine Ariyaam (Know about soil) (in Malayalam language). DC Books, Kottayam, India. (ISBN 978-93-5282-971-2)
  4. Baiju, K.R. (2018) Graphites: Mineralogical and Genetic Perspective. Lambert Academic Publishing (ISBN: 978-613-7-34223-7)
  5. Baiju, K.R. (2018) Metamorphism in Madurai Granulite Block : A Conventional Outlook Lambert Academic Publishing (ISBN: 978-613-4-99304-3)
  6. Baiju, K.R. (2012) Authored four chapters in the book Sâsthram Ethra Lalitham– Sarva Sâsthra Pâdangaludeyum Brihathsamaharam (in Malayalam language) 2012. DC Books, Kottayam, India. pp, 17-183 and 223-350. (ISBN: 978-81-264-3570-8)

Papers presented

  1. Amaldev,T. Santosh,M. Baiju R. (2019) Mesoarchean convergent margin processes and crustal evolution in Mercara Suture Zone, southern India. International Seminar on “The Chemical Evolution of the Lithosphere and Lithologies (CELL-2019) organised by the Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi. (11-02-2019)
  2. Baiju R., Nambiar C.G. and G.N. Jadhav (2014) Implications of saline brine influx in high grade metamorphic rocks of Madurai Granulite Block, southern India. ACROFI V, 16-18 May, 2014, Xi’an, China.
  3. Baiju R., Nambiar C.G. and Satish-Kumar M. (2007). Well-crystallized graphite, a new geothermometer for high-grade metamorphic rocks – as applied to South Indian Granulites. Extended Abstracts, 19th Kerala Science Congress, January 2007, pp. 979-980. (YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD)
  4. Baiju, K.R. and Nambiar, C.G. (2002) Regional geochemical maps of Madurai granulite block, South India and their environmental significance. Proceedings, National `Seminar on “Current Environmental Problems and Management”, pp. 271-275.
 

Invited lectures

  1. Invited Talk on Only One Earth-Significance of Human Interventions as part of the World Environment Day, celebrations at the Department of Geology & IQAC, Kristu Jyoti College of Management and Technology, Changanasserry, Kottayam, Kerala on 6th June 2022.
  2. Resource person for online  short course in Disaster Management & Climate Change conducted by UGC-HRDC, Kannur University, Kerala on 9-15 November 2021. Delivered a lecture on Disaster Management to Disaster Risk Reduction: Changing Paradigms and Emerging Trends.
  3. Invited Talk (online) on Community Based Disaster Management in India-A review  in the International webinar-Holo-Rexia organized by ECOR Foundation &  JICAS on 13th October 2021. 
  4. Invited talk (online) on Ecosystem Restoration-a Geological Perspective as part of the World Environment Day, celebrations at the Department of Geology, University of Calicut, Kerala, India on 5th June 2021.
  5. Landslides: Geological aspects and threats for Kerala. Seminar on Kerala’s Environmental issues,held on 27-09-2019, organised by India March for Science, Kottayam Chapter at Vaikkam Muhammed Basheer Samskarika Kendram, Kottayam.
  6. Webinar on Different Facets of Eco-restoration as part of the World Environment Day, celebrations of National Service Scheme and Nature Club of MES College, Marampally, Aluva, Kerala, India on 5th June 2021.
  7. Invited talk (online) on Landslides in Western Ghats-a geological perspective for ‘Kshithi-2021’, online workshop conducted on the International Biodiversity day organized by UNDP, Haritha Kerala Mission & Vijayapuram Social Service Society on 22nd May 2021.
  8. Invited talk (online) on Graphite: a peep hole to the early life!!: As part of the webinar series ‘ Geosignatures’, organized by the Department of Geology, Govt. College Kottayam, Kerala, India on 25th March 2021.
  9. Invited talk (online) on Graphite: a peep hole to the early life!!: As part of the webinar series ‘ Geosignatures’, organized by the Department of Geology, Govt. College Kottayam, Kerala, India on 25th March 2021.
  10. Simulation of Sea Level Rise Flood Risk Scenarios using Geospatial Technology in South West Coast of India: National Conference on Coastal Erosion and Indigenous Community of South-West Coast of India 2021′ jointly organised by Bring Back Green and School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala on the date 7th February 2021
  11. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Faculty Development Programme on Climate Science organized by School of Environmental Studies and Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi. 9-13 November, 2020.
  12. Online lecture on ‘ദുരന്തം: പ്രതിരോധം അതിജീവനം (Disaster: Mitigation, Resilience) for NSS volunteers of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Ettumanur, on 24th October, 2020.
  13. Facets of Interdisciplinary Research: Refresher Course in Research Methodology organised by the School of Pure and Applied Physics, M.G. University. (17-12-2018)
  14. Geological Hazards and its management: Environmental Management Training Programme organised by the School of Environmental Sciences, MGU under the aegis of KSCSTE. (28-11-2018)
  15. Land Slides and Recent Disasters in Kerala: National Seminar on ‘Recent Challenges in Environmental Chemistry’ Organized by the Department of Chemistry, Government College, Kottayam.(26-10-2018)
  16. Recent Natural Disasters of Kerala- a Geoscientific Perspective: One day Seminar on ‘Disaster Management’ Organized by the Department of Students Service, M.G. University and Department of History, Kuriakose Elias College, Mannanam, Kottayam.( 16-10-2018)