I am a geoscientist (archeo- and rock-magnetism) and an education researcher interested in finding out how people   learn geoscience and how we can improve classroom teaching across STEM disciplines in general and geoscience in particular. I use both traditional education research techniques, such as PNP questionnaires and video recordings as well as advanced technologies such as eye-trackers, biometric sensors and student response systems to understand and improve learning processes in humans. I remain interested in archeo- and rock-magnetism and intend to work on collaborative and student-centered projects in the future. I believe in cross-pollination of ideas from different fields and hope to pursue cognition, education and geoscience with passion and relevance.

  1. Geoscience education research and STEM learning
  2. Role of political bias, affect and cognition in  climate change discourse
  3. Role of technology in education
  4. Magnetic field variation in data poor regions of the world over the last few millennia.
  5. Environmental and rock magnetism
  • Ph. D. Earth Science, Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD, La Jolla/CA, 2006-2012
  • M. S. Geoscience, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur/India, 2004
  • B. S. Geology, Presidency University, Kolkata/India, 2002
Mitra, R., Tauxe,L., 2009. Full vector model for magnetization in sediments. Earth. Planet. Sci. Lett., 286, 535-545, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.07.019

Mitra, R., Tauxe, L., Gee, J.S., 2011 Detecting uniaxial single domain grains with a modified IRM technique. Geophys. J. Int., 187,1250-1258, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05224.x

Mitra, R., Tauxe, L., McIntosh, S., Two thousand years of archeointensity from West Africa. Earth. Planet. Sci. Lett., 364, 123-133, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.12.027

Mitra, R., Tauxe, L., Gee, J.S., Reply to comment on 'Detecting uniaxial single domain grains with a modified IRM technique'. Geophys. J. Int., doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05605.x

Mitra, R., Tauxe, L., Tripathy, V.,Ben-Yosef E., Archeointensity of India: New constraints for the Iron Age (In prep.)

Mitra, R., McNeal, K.S., Role of science knowledge in climate change risk perceptions. Nature Climate Change (In review)

McNeal, K.S., Spry, J.M., Mitra, R., Tipton, J.L., 2014.  Optimizing the affective domain in teaching and learning about climate change in an introductory geology course, Journal of Geoscience Education.