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Prof. Rahul Chopra

Prof. Rahul Chopra

Prof. Rahul Chopra - Ph.D. Department of the Geophysical Sciences, The University of Chicago, 2010; M.Sc. Geology, University of Bombay, 1999; B.Sc. Geology, University of Bombay. (Minor in Gemmology; Honours work in Geoarcheology), 1997;


BIO

Prof. Rahul Chopra is Associate Professor - Environmental Studies; Director of the “Centre for Sustainability, Environment, and Climate Change and received his Doctorate Degree from The University of Chicago; and has a M.Sc. in Geology from University of Bombay; B.Sc. in Geology from University of Bombay. (Minor in Gemmology; Honours work in Geoarcheology);


Prof. Rahul Chopra is the coordinator and co-lead of a global climate change education project of the International Union of Biological Sciences that aims to integrate climate change education in the curriculum across the world. He was the course coordinator and convener of the National Resource Center on Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. He is a member of the Expert Group on COVID-19 in Pune as part of the Pune Knowledge Cluster; Ambassador and Advisor to The Earth Project. He was the former chair of the Centre for Earth and Environment at FLAME University, Pune and was an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies there. 


His interests are multidisciplinary and include curriculum development in Earth and Environmental Studies; the use of satellite derived remotely sensed and in-situ data to evaluate our changing environment; historical GIS and the spatial humanities; field based geological and environmental studies, and the use of high resolution chemical analyses instruments and data to study various earth and environmental processes.


RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

JOURNAL ARTICLES



  • Chopra R., Richter F. M., Watson E. B., Scullard, C.R. (2012) Magnesium isotope fractionation by chemical diffusion in natural settings and in their laboratory analogues. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 88, 1-18.

  • Gualda G. A. R, Cook D. L., Chopra R., Qin L., Anderson A. T. Jr., Rivers M. (2004) Fragmentation, Nucleation and Migration of Crystals and Bubbles in the Bishop Tuff Rhyolitic Magma. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, 95. 375-390.


BOOK CHAPTERS



  • Accepted for publication Puttick, S. P., Chandrachud, P., Chopra, R., Khosla, R., Robson, J., Singh, S., & Talks, I. (2022). Climate change education: following the information in Transforming Children’s Geographies: Rethinking Children’s (Geographical) Education, forthcoming from Routledge. J. McKendrick, M. Biddulph, S. Catling, & L. Hammond, Eds.

  • Kumar K., and Chopra R. (2020) Mapping Change: The Possibilities for the Spatial Humanities in India in Exploring Digital Humanities in India: Pedagogies, Practices, and Institutional Possibilities Eds. Dodd M., and Kalra, N. Routledge Books 

  • Chopra R., Nagarajan A., Joshi A., Fomproix N., and Shashidhara L.S. (2020) Educational strategies to achieve global awareness of Climate Change and its impact in World Meteorological Organization e-library WMO Global Campus Innovations publication. https://library.wmo.int/doc_num.php?explnum_id=10404

  • Contributing Author: (2020) Chapter 1: Introduction to Climate Change Over the Indian Region in Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region: A Report of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India Eds. Krishnan R., Sanjay J., Chellappan G., Mujumdar M., Kulkarni A., Chakraborty S. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-981-15-4327-2

  • Chopra R., Joshi A., Nagarajan A., Fomproix N., and Shashidhara L.S. (2019) Climate Change Education Across The Curriculum in Climate Change and the Role of Education. Eds. Leal Filho, Walter, Hemstock, Sarah L. Springer Series Climate Change Management. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030328979


INVITED SPEAKER



  • November 2021 Online:Democratizing Knowledge Through The Digital: Climate Change Education Across The Curriculum, Across The Globe at the International Congress of Zoology, South Africa

  • November 2021 Online: Panel Discussion on 'How does climate crisis change the curriculum?’ Innovating in education and the future of work organized by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford

  • May 2021 Online: Climate Change Education to the Young Ambassadors of The Earth Project

  • June 2020 Online: Archives and Crises: Addressing Climate Change Through Education; Mapping Environmental Change in India; and The COVID-19 Pandemic In Indian Cities

  • May 2019 Pune, India: Sustainable Development and Climate Change at Induction Programme for college teachers at IISER Pune

  • April 2019 Lincoln, United Kingdom: Climate Change Education Across the Curriculum at the International Symposium on Climate Change and the Role of Education at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK

  • December 2018 Katowice, Poland COP 24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change):  Climate Across the Curriculum: Integrating Climate and Science Education at the session "Climate Education and Capacity Building for Students and Local Communities," organized by NFD Centre for Environment Education (CEE) and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

  • December 2018 Katowice, Poland COP 24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change):  Panel Discussion at the UN event "Quality Education: Climate Change Education for All," organized by UNESCO, UNITAR, FAO, and UNDP

  • December 2018 Katowice, Poland COP 24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change): Climate & Environmental Education: The India Story at the EU pavilion event "Climate Change Education and Training: Leadership and Excellence”

  • December 2018 Katowice, Poland COP 24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change): Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding at the IPCC WMO pavilion

  • October 2018 Pune, India: Teaching Climate Change In The Classroom at the Science and Training Workshop on Climate Change over the High Mountains of Asia (HMA) at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) Pune, India

  • October 2018 Geneva, Switzerland: Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding at the World Meteorological Organization

  • May 2018 Pune, India: Integrating Climate and Science Education at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune  

  • April 2018 Mumbai, India: Climate Education: TROP ICSU Project at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay

  • February 2018 Geneva, Switzerland: Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding at the World Climate Research Programme and World Meteorological Organization

  • May 2017 Philadelphia, USA: Mapping India: GIS and Cartography in the Classroom: Poster presentation at Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference, Bryn Mawr College, USA

  • August 2016 Pune, India: GIS and Remotely Sensed Satellite Data Analysis at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Pune University

  • August 2016 Hyderabad, India: Sustainability and Innovation: Keynote Speaker at Harvard Model United Nations Hyderabad

  • May 2016 Pune, India: Environmental Education and Liberal Education in India at the Future of Liberal Arts Conference at the Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts, Pune

  • Chopra R., Richter F.M., and Watson E.B. (2009) Magnesium isotope fractionation by chemical diffusion in natural silicate rocks. EOS Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet Suppl. V14B-05.


WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED



  • Workshops Conducted as part of the Climate Education project of the International Science Council:

  • Climate Across The Curriculum: Educational Resources For Teachers

  • Trained approximately 700 educators across the world

  • 2021 August Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt (Online): International Conference for Nature and Natural Resources Conservation- Towards 2030 and beyond organized by Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt and Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt

  • 2021 August Delhi, India (Online): The Delhi Effective Education Pedagogy Cluster (DEEP-C)-DRIIV, Delhi Knowledge Cluster Workshop on  Effective Education for Long-term Sustainable Solutions to the Problems of Air Pollution

  • 2019 September Pune India: For climate experts. In collaboration with the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune

  • 2019 September Pune, India: For climate experts from Department of Earth and Climate Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune

  • August 2019 Oslo, Norway: International Union of Biological Sciences, 33rd General Assembly and IUBS Centenary Year

  • June 2019 Pune, India: For school teachers. In collaboration with Vidya Valley School, Pune, India

  • May 2019 Adelaide, Australia: For school teachers, undergraduate college educators, and university faculty. In collaboration with the University of Adelaide, the Government of South Australia, Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, and Adelaide Botanic High School

  • May 2019 Melbourne, Australia: For climate experts. In collaboration with the University of Melbourne.

  • May 2019 Melbourne, Australia: For school teachers, undergraduate college educators, and university faculty. Hosted at the Royal Society of Victoria in collaboration with Monash University

  • April 2019 Tirupati, India: For undergraduate college educators and university faculty. In collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Tirupati

  • April 2019 Tirupati, India: For climate experts. In collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Tirupati

  • April 2019 Cairo, Egypt: For undergraduate college educators and university faculty from Egypt. In collaboration with the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT), Egypt

  • February 2019 Thimphu, Bhutan: For school teachers and university faculty from Bhutan. In collaboration with the Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Development Studies (CDRR &CDS), College of Science and Technology, Royal University of Bhutan and the Commission on Education and Outreach, International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior (IASPEI)

  • November 2018 Kampala, Uganda: For School teachers from East Africa. In collaboration with the African Union of Conservationists (AUC)

  • November 2018 Kampala, Uganda: For university faculty from East Africa. In collaboration with the African Union of Conservationists (AUC)

  • October 2018 Delhi, India: For university faculty. In collaboration with Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India

  • August 2018 Mumbai, India: For university faculty. In collaboration with St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai


OTHER WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED



  • May 2018 Pune, India: Climate Change: Understanding the Science. A 2 day workshop at Science Outreach Program, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune

  • January 2018 Hyderabad, India: The Environmental Atlas of India. Map making and Cartography Workshop at Krishnakriti Festival Hyderabad

  • January 2018 Hyderabad, India: Spatial Histories of India. Historical maps and GIS workshop at Krishnakriti Festival Hyderabad (Devdatta Tengshe and Rahul Chopra)

  • May 2017 Pune, India: What Killed the Dinosaurs: Workshop at Science Outreach Program, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune

  • May 2017 Pune, India: Earthquakes: Locating Epicenter and Estimating Magnitudes: Workshop at Science Outreach Program, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune

  • March 2017 Pune, India: Map Making and Cartography: Workshop at Vidya Valley School, Pune

  • January 2017 Hyderabad, India: Mapping Change in India: Workshop at Krishnakriti Festival Hyderabad

  • November 2016 Pune, India: Assessing Environmental Change Using Satellite Date: Workshop at the National Chemical Laboratory Innovation Center, Science Outreach Program