Dr. Ratan Kumar Dhar
Dr. Ratan Kumar Dhar is Program Coordinator of Environmental Health Science, Earth & Physical Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences at York College, CUNY.
He earned his Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the CUNY Graduate Center. During his graduate study, he worked as a Research Assistant (Junior Scientist) and received his research training at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory- Columbia University. Before he moved to the US in 1998, Dr. Dhar conducted research on atmospheric and water pollution at the School of Environmental Studies, Jadavpur University as Asia Arsenic Network-Japan Research Fellow and at Center of Mining Environment, Indian School of Mines, India as a Research Scholar.
An anthropogenic impact on our environment due to the over-exploitation of natural resources caused by overpopulation has created a variety of problems that require a fundamental understanding of the natural systems. His research is focused on environmental issues that require a fundamental understanding of the natural systems. He aims to advance our understanding of how physical, chemical, and biological factors interact and control the fate and transport of contaminants in our ecosystem.
Dr. Dhar’s current research is to develop an understanding of the hydrological and geochemical controls in the mobilization of heavy metals and nutrients in natural waters. As an acknowledged expert in water pollution, he has delivered several talks in national and international meetings on water sustainability issues. He has also published a book Arsenic, A silent killer and its biogeochemistry in groundwater. In addition to research on heavy metal geochemistry of natural water, he has recently expanded his research on local water pollution problems, particularly on groundwater and estuary water issues in New York City.
In recognition of his service, he has received a prestigious environmental award “Snowy Egret Award” from Eastern Queens Alliance, Inc. His scholarship/creative activities, if measured by quantities, are so far as follows: a) 23 articles in peer-reviewed journals b) 1 book in the field of my expertise c) 5 articles as chapters of books c) tens of conference abstracts.