Pranav Hirave
Assistent / Doktorand

Pranav Hirave

Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Departement Umweltwissenschaften

FG Alewell

Assistent / Doktorand

Bernoullistrasse 30/32
4056 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 36 28

Research interests

Sediment source attribution using compound specific stable isotopes
Exploration of biomarker techniques in differentiating land-use types
Impact of climatic variability on isotopic fractionation in terrestrial plant leaves
Use of compound specific stable isotopes in plant ecology and climate reconstructions

PhD project

I am using compound specific stable isotope (CSSI) technique to differentiate between the sources of suspended sediments in rivers according to the land use types. This technique targets specific organic tracers called biomarkers that are uniquely of plant origin; hence they reflect the vegetation associated with a particular land use.  Currently I am using higher chain fatty acids and n-alkanes in my project and plan to identify more tracers.

Educational career

July 2016- present
PhD student at Environmental Geosciences group (Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland)

Integrated BS-MS in Geological Sciences
Master’s thesis title: “Environmental gradient and its effect on isotopic fractionation in plant leaves: A case study from the Himalaya with a biomolecular approach”
(Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata)

Conference Contributions

Hirave, P., Sanyal, P., 2016. Climatic gradient and δ13C values of plants: A case study from the Himalaya. European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2016. EGU2016-1097

Hirave, P., Wiesenberg, G. L. B., Birkholz, A. und Alewell, C. (2020) «Understanding the effects of early degradation on isotopic tracers: implications for sediment source attribution using compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA)», Biogeosciences. Copernicus Gesellschaft MBH, 17(8), S. 2169-2180. doi: 10.5194/bg-17-2169-2020.   edoc | Open Access