Soma Baranwal has been a researcher in the marine geology group at the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) in Trondheim, Norway, since March 2010. She now holds a position as postdoctoral researcher at CAGE, and is still based at NGU.
Soma was ranked first in Bachelor’s, Geology Honors (first class first) from Burdwan University, India, in 2001 for which she received a national scholarship for her master’s studies. She received her master’s degree in applied geology from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India in 2003, and a PhD degree in micropaleontology from the Department of Geology and Geophysics at I.I.T. Kharagpur in India in 2008. The doctoral fellowship was funded through a GATE scholarship, and later through a Junior and Senior research fellowship (CSIR-JRF and SRF) NET, India. Her doctoral research focused on understanding high resolution monsoonal variability in the Indian Ocean through biogenic sediments of the Maldives Ridge.
After completing her PhD she joined the Department of Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), University of Southampton (UK) as a research assistant in 2008, before joining NGU. Her work there was mainly to construct an updated chronological framework for Quaternary sediments of the Arctic Ocean.
With CAGE, her work is dedicated to deciphering methane paleorecords in the Arctic.