Shyam’s main research subjects are seafloor natural gas seepage and gas hydrate systems, focusing on fluid migration pathways, hydrate systems development and depletion through geological history. He is also very well focussed on rock physics modelling of gas hydrates and very fine scale acoustic property analysis using full waveform inversion and AVO analysis. He holds a PhD degree (2002) in marine geophysics from the Department of Marine Geology at National Geophysical Research Institute, India and a MSc (Tech) degree in Marine Geophysics from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India.
His PhD was focused on basin modelling along offshore margins of India. During that time he was also associated with the Indian gas hydrate program where he processed and interpreted seismic data for evaluation of gas hydrate resources offshore India. He continued his research on gas hydrates during his stay at National Oceanography Centre, Southampton from 2002 to 2004 on a post doctoral fellowship working in the EU project, HYDRATECH, which was focussed on the gas hydrate provinces offshore Norway. During this time he developed rock physics models and full waveform inversion techniques for gas hydrate quantification from Ocean Bottom Seismometer and other types of seismic data. He moved to Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) in 2005 to work further on gas hydrate related research and was involved in the NFR GANS project together with his colleagues at NGU, UiT and UiB. He was in tight cooperation with gas hydrate group at UiT during HYDRATECH and GANS projects, and participated in many cruises on Hjelmer Hansen acquiring OBS, 2D and 3D seismic data.