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Namaste! I'm Ankit

I am an Earth & Planetary Scientist with a background in Geology. Currently, working in the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics. My research expertise includes - impact cratering, rock breakdown on Earth and Mars, geographic information system (GIS), remote sensing, photogrammetry, light pollution & solar mapping. 


Dr Ankit K. Verma

            Earth & Planetary Scientist

      Secretary IGGy  



          The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data            Analytics
          Dublin City University,
          Dublin 9,

         Curriculum vitae

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2020 - present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics

I work on the ‘SolarMap’ research project funded by Science Foundation Ireland Enable with Dr John Connolly and Prof Noel O'Connor. I am investigating the potential of solar panel installation in urban areas using remote sensing and GIS techniques.

2018 - 2020

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Trinity College Dublin

I worked on the ‘Quantifying Light Loss across Ireland and Identifying Patterns of Energy Use’ research project funded by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland within the research group of Prof Brian Espey in School of Physics. I investigated light pollution in Ireland using remote sensing and GIS techniques.

2017 - 2018

Research Assistant

Trinity College Dublin

Part-time research assistant to Dr Mary Bourke in the Department of Geography. I contributed to GIS and Photogrammetry dataset generation and analysis. I also created digital media content for modules in Physical Geography.


PhD in Planetary Geomorphology

Trinity College Dublin

My PhD work investigated the effect of the asteroid impact processes on rock breakdown. It used a combination of field and laboratory approach to examine rock breakdown on impacted and non-impacted rocks of the same lithology exposed at Meteor Crater site in Arizona, USA.


BSc (Honours) Geology

University of Delhi

Passed with distinction. Overall ranked second in the course at the University of Delhi.


High School 

Dayawati Modi Academy, Varanasi, India

Central Board of Secondary Education, India


Impact Cratering

Light Pollution

Rock breakdown & erosion

Solar prospecting


Programming languages: Matlab, R

Applications: Agisoft Photoscan+Lens, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Premiere, Adobe InDesign, Meshlab, Cloud Compare, Landserf, Avizo, MountainsMap, EndNote, Microsoft Office Suite, GIMP, Image J, Gwyddion, ArcGIS, Google Earth, SocetSET, Blender, SPSS, Minitab

Analytical techniques:X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscope (CL, BSE, SE, and EDS), X-ray Computed Tomography, Petrographic microscope, Resistivity meter, pH meter,conductivity meter, petrographic microscope, GPS, Schmidt’s hammer, Equotip, iButtons, Moisture meter, Karsten tubes, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), DSLR Camera, Infrared thermometer, high-temperature oven.

Earth observation and Mars remote sensing data analysis.

Environmental cabinet with Eurotherm 2704 Controller: experienced in simulating terrestrial environment conditions for rock weathering experiments in an environmental cabinet.

Fieldwork experience: Barringer Meteorite Crater Aka Meteor Crater, Arizona, USA, Lonar Crater, Deccan, India, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah, USA, Clear Creek Reservoir, USA, Ballard Bay, County Clare, Ireland, Coasts in Cork, Ireland, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, Mussoorie, Lower Himalayas, India, Chittorgarh and Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India, Jhamarkotra Rock Phosphate Mines, Udaipur, India

Verma, A. K., and Bourke, M. C. (2019). A method based on structure-from-motion photogrammetry to generate sub-millimetre-resolution digital elevation models for investigating rock breakdown features. Earth Surf. Dynam., 7(1), 45-66 doi:  
Cullen, N. D., Verma, A. K., and Bourke, M. C. (2018). A comparison of structure from motion photogrammetry and the traversing micro-erosion meter for measuring erosion on shore platforms. Earth Surf. Dynam., 6(4), 1023-1039 doi: 
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