K Balakrishna


Department of Civil Engineering

Qualification: B.Sc., M.Sc. (Geology), Ph.D.(Marine Geology), PDF


    • MSc (Geology) course coordinator


    Curriculum Vitae of Dr K Balakrishna


    1. Received the Karnataka State award “Prof Satish Dhawan Young Engineer Award” for outstanding contributions in the area of Earth sciences instituted by the Government of Karnataka, in January 2013.  Award carried a cash prize of Rs50,000, citation and memento.
    2. Awarded the prestigious Dr TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Earth Sciences by Manipal Academy of Higher Education during 2014-16.  This carried an annual grant of Rs 10 lakhs to pursue advanced research and teaching.  This Chair was awarded in recognition of his outstanding scientific accomplishments.
    3. Received the award for best research publication in the area of Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences for the year 2021-22.  This was awarded by the Vision Group on Science and Technology (VGST), Government of Karnataka.   The award carried a cash prize of Rs 25,000.
    4. Received the Dr TMA Pai Gold Medal for co-authoring outstanding research publication during the year 2021.  This was awarded by the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal.


    Member of the 37th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.  Spent 98 days at the Bharati station in Antarctica between November 2017 and March 2018, researching on the chemistry of sea-ice, water and wastewater.


Area of Interest

Earth and Environmental Science

Area of Expertise

Aqueous geochemistry, water pollution and health

Area of Research

(i) Geochemistry of rivers and estuaries (ii) Pollution of rivers, lakes and groundwater from the emerging contaminants (iii) Submarine groundwater discharge

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Membership of professional organizations

  1. Life member and Fellow of the Geological Society of India
  2. Life Member of the Indian Geological Congress, Roorkee
  3. Member of the American Geophysical Union
  4. Member of the Geological Society of America
  5. Member of the International Association of Geochemistry, USA