UCL Earth Sciences


Dr Sudeshna Basu-Gupta

Gas shales, noble gases, carbon and nitrogen, diamonds, carbonatites, oceanic sediments.

Senior Research Associate

Dr Sudeshna Basu-Gupta



Senior Research AssociateK. Lonsdale Building, G03 

Courses Taught:

GEOL0034 Geology for Global managers and engineers
Senior Teaching Fellow in the MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources. 

Research Group(s):

Shale Gas Hub

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Research Summary

I am the principle investigator of the Shell funded project ‘A new strategy for predicting free gas in shale gas using carbon, nitrogen and noble gases’. The objectives of my current research is to identify shales (European and American) with high gas retention and estimate the free and adsorbed gas components in them based on isotopic and elemental compositions of carbon, nitrogen and noble gases. I am also studying their paleo depositional conditions (redox, productivity and tectonics) , in order to look into their potential for gas generation, using a combination of major, minor and trace elemental analyses. In the past for my Ph.D and previous post-doctoral projects (funded by Department of Science and Technology, India, NERC and Leverhulme Trust).

I have successfully applied noble gases, carbon and nitrogen isotopes to study different types of terrestrial samples including carbonatites, basalts, diamonds and oceanic sediments to constrain their source(s).